tilde

[til-duh]
noun
  1. a diacritic (~) placed over an n, as in Spanish mañana, to indicate a palatal nasal sound or over a vowel, as in Portuquese são, to indicate nasalization.
  2. swung dash.
  3. Mathematics. a symbol (∼) indicating equivalency or similarity between two values.
  4. Logic. a similar symbol indicating negation.

Origin of tilde

1860–65; < Spanish < Latin titulus superscription. See title
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tilde

noun
  1. the diacritical mark (~) placed over a letter to indicate a palatal nasal consonant, as in Spanish señor. This symbol is also used in the International Phonetic Alphabet to represent any nasalized vowel

Word Origin for tilde

C19: from Spanish, from Latin titulus title, superscription
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Word Origin and History for tilde
n.

1864, from Spanish, metathesis of Catalan title, from Latin titulus "inscription, heading" (see title (n.)).

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