verb (used with object)
Origin of hyphen
Related Words for hyphenelbow, seam, bridge, splice, point, nexus, impingement, bend, union, concourse, interconnection, tie, meeting, node, swivel, junction, articulation, crux, link, knot
Examples from the Web for hyphen
Contemporary Examples of hyphen
A hyphen is part of the common spelling: daylight-saving time.Is it Daylight Saving or Daylight Savings?
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Historical Examples of hyphen
The purser said that the dragon's name was Mrs. Scrivener-Yapling, with a hyphen.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
But if the word "part" or the word "share" follows, the hyphen is not used; as "two third parts."
The hyphen is used also when the words are inverted; as "four-and-thirty," "six-and-fortieth."
The hyphen is used between the component parts of some compound words.
In these words the pronunciation is more clearly marked by inserting the hyphen.
Word Origin for hyphen
1620s, from Late Latin hyphen, from Greek hyphen "mark joining two syllables or words," probably indicating how they were to be sung, noun use of an adverb meaning "together, in one," literally "under one," from hypo "under" (see sub-) + hen, neuter of heis "one."
A punctuation mark (-) used in some compound words, such as self-motivation, seventy-five, and mother-in-law. A hyphen is also used to divide a word at the end of a line of type. Hyphens may appear only between syllables. Thus com-pound is properly hyphenated, but compo-und is not.