1. a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur: The defendant and his/her attorney must appear in court.
2. a dividing line, as in dates, fractions, a run-in passage of poetry to show verse division, etc.: 3/21/27; “Sweetest love, I do not go/For weariness of thee.” (John Donne)
3. a short oblique stroke (/) used in computing; a forward slash.
Also called diagonal, separatrix, shilling mark, slant, slash, solidus; especially British, stroke.
Can be confused
backslash, forward slash.
Origin: 1830-40; < French virgule comma, little rod < Latin virgula; see virgulate
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