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3 definitions found
 for hyphen
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hyphen \Hy"phen\ (h[imac]"f[e^]n), n. [L., fr. Gr. "yfe`n, fr.
     "yf "e`n under one, into one, together, fr. ? under + ?,
     neut. of ? one. See Hypo-.] (Print.)
     A mark or short dash, thus [-], placed at the end of a line
     which terminates with a syllable of a word, the remainder of
     which is carried to the next line; or between the parts of
     many a compound word; as in fine-leaved, clear-headed. It is
     also sometimes used to separate the syllables of words.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hyphen \Hy"phen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hyphened; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Hyphening.]
     To connect with, or separate by, a hyphen, as two words or
     the parts of a word.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hyphen
      n 1: a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound
           word or between the syllables of a word when the word is
           divided at the end of a line of text [syn: hyphen,
           dash]
      v 1: divide or connect with a hyphen; "hyphenate these words and
           names" [syn: hyphenate, hyphen]

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