verb (used with object)
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Origin of hyphen
Examples from the Web for hyphen
A hyphen is part of the common spelling: daylight-saving time.
The hyphen was a very important part of the name, and Mrs. Scrivener-Yapling always insisted upon it.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories|Robert Barr
Where the printed text introduces a hyphen at end-of-line, the hyphen is retained only if that variant is otherwise predominant.West African studies|Mary Henrietta Kingsley
The angle of a cypher, which might play the part of a hyphen in ordinary type, alone tells them what numeral is intended.
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.