What's the meaning of the Slash »


This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Slash.

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The slash (/) is a sign used as a punctuation mark and for various other purposes. It is often called a forward slash (a retronym used to distinguish the slash from the backslash, "\"), and many other alternative names.

The first time the slash symbol was used is not known, as it has been used throughout history in various forms. However, it is believed that the use of the slash symbol as a punctuation mark began in the Middle Ages, where it was used as a symbol for the Latin word "per" which means "by" or "through". Over time, the slash symbol evolved to have a variety of uses in different languages and writing systems, and it has become a standard part of modern punctuation.

The Slash is most commonly used as the word substitute for "or" which indicates a choice (often mutually-exclusive) is present.

The Slash symbol can also be used to denote choices or alternatives (e.g., "and/or"), fractions (e.g., "1/2"), and line breaks in poetry (e.g., a line break between two lines of a poem). It is also used as a separator in dates (e.g., "11/10/2020") and URLs (e.g., "www.example.com/page").

Overall, the slash symbol is a versatile and widely used punctuation mark that helps to convey meaning and clarity in writing.


Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains straight lines, Has no crossing lines.

Category: Language Symbols.

Slash is part of the Punctuation group.

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