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hyphen

A hyphen ( - ) is used primarily to join two or more words to form a new, compound word or to provide clarity when using certain affixes (such as prefixes). Hyphens also have certain technical uses, such as indicating a range of numbers or combining multiple sets of numbers together into a single unit (as is often done with telephone numbers).
Because a hyphen unites multiple things into a single element, we do not put spaces on either side of it (except in one specific circumstance known as a hanging hyphen, which we’ll discuss later on).
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hy·phen

 (hī′fən)
n.
A punctuation mark ( - ) used between the parts of a compound word or name or between the syllables of a word, especially when divided at the end of a line of text.
tr.v. hy·phened, hy·phen·ing, hy·phens
To hyphenate.

[Late Latin, from Greek huphen, a sign indicating a compound or two words which are to be read as one, from huph' hen, in one : hupo, under; see hypo- + hen, neuter of heis, one; see sem- in Indo-European roots.]

hyphen

(ˈhaɪfən)
n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the punctuation mark (-), used to separate the parts of some compound words, to link the words of a phrase, and between syllables of a word split between two consecutive lines of writing or printing
vb
(Linguistics) (tr) another word for hyphenate
[C17: from Late Latin (meaning: the combining of two words), from Greek huphen (adv) together, from hypo- + heis one]

hy•phen

(ˈhaɪ fən)
n.
1. a short line (-) used to connect the parts of a compound word or the parts of a word divided for any purpose.
v.t.
2. to hyphenate.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin < Greek hyphén (adv.) together, from preposition phrase hyph' hén=hyp(ó) under (see hypo-) + hén, neuter of heîs one]
hy•phen•ic (haɪˈfɛn ɪk) adj.

hyphen


Past participle: hyphened
Gerund: hyphening

Imperative
hyphen
hyphen
Present
I hyphen
you hyphen
he/she/it hyphens
we hyphen
you hyphen
they hyphen
Preterite
I hyphened
you hyphened
he/she/it hyphened
we hyphened
you hyphened
they hyphened
Present Continuous
I am hyphening
you are hyphening
he/she/it is hyphening
we are hyphening
you are hyphening
they are hyphening
Present Perfect
I have hyphened
you have hyphened
he/she/it has hyphened
we have hyphened
you have hyphened
they have hyphened
Past Continuous
I was hyphening
you were hyphening
he/she/it was hyphening
we were hyphening
you were hyphening
they were hyphening
Past Perfect
I had hyphened
you had hyphened
he/she/it had hyphened
we had hyphened
you had hyphened
they had hyphened
Future
I will hyphen
you will hyphen
he/she/it will hyphen
we will hyphen
you will hyphen
they will hyphen
Future Perfect
I will have hyphened
you will have hyphened
he/she/it will have hyphened
we will have hyphened
you will have hyphened
they will have hyphened
Future Continuous
I will be hyphening
you will be hyphening
he/she/it will be hyphening
we will be hyphening
you will be hyphening
they will be hyphening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hyphening
you have been hyphening
he/she/it has been hyphening
we have been hyphening
you have been hyphening
they have been hyphening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hyphening
you will have been hyphening
he/she/it will have been hyphening
we will have been hyphening
you will have been hyphening
they will have been hyphening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hyphening
you had been hyphening
he/she/it had been hyphening
we had been hyphening
you had been hyphening
they had been hyphening
Conditional
I would hyphen
you would hyphen
he/she/it would hyphen
we would hyphen
you would hyphen
they would hyphen
Past Conditional
I would have hyphened
you would have hyphened
he/she/it would have hyphened
we would have hyphened
you would have hyphened
they would have hyphened

hyphen

A punctuation mark (-) used to link parts of a compound term or show that a word at the end of a line continues on the next line.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hyphen - 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 texthyphen - 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
punctuation mark, punctuation - the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
Verb1.hyphen - divide or connect with a hyphen; "hyphenate these words and names"
spell, write - write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word); "He spelled the word wrong in this letter"
Translations
خَط وَصل بين كَلِمَتَينشُرْطَةٌ
spojovníkpomlčka
bindestreg
yhdysviivatavuviivaväliviivayhdysmerkki
povlaka
kötõjel
bandstrik
ハイフン
붙임표하이픈
defise, savienojuma zīme
pomlčkaspojovník
vezaj
bindestreckdivis
เครื่องหมายขีดสั้นกลางระหว่างคำ
kısa tiretire
gạch nối

hyphen

[ˈhaɪfən] Nguión m

hyphen

[ˈhaɪfən] ntrait m d'union

hyphen

nBindestrich m; (at end of line) → Trenn(ungs)strich m; (Typ) → Divis nt

hyphen

[ˈhaɪfn] ntrattino, lineetta

hyphen

(ˈhaifən) noun
a short stroke (-) which is used to join two parts of a word or phrase, as in co-exist; a sleeping-bag; a well-thought-out plan.

hyphen

شُرْطَةٌ pomlčka bindestreg Bindestrich ενωτικό σημείο guión yhdysviiva trait d’union povlaka trattino ハイフン 하이픈 koppelteken bindestrek łącznik hífen дефис bindestreck เครื่องหมายขีดสั้นกลางระหว่างคำ tire gạch nối 破折号
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I will make a perfectly literal translation, and throw in the parenthesis-marks and some hyphens for the assistance of the reader--though in the original there are no parenthesis-marks or hyphens, and the reader is left to flounder through to the remote verb the best way he can:
But in our newspapers the compounding-disease lingers a little to the present day, but with the hyphens left out, in the German fashion.
The look he got, made him cut it suddenly short and not put any more hyphens in it.
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AN ATTEMPT by the Welsh Language Commissioner to help non-Welsh people read and pronounce place names by adding hyphens into a selection of them has been rejected by local residents.
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And as I discovered what made up the hyphens of my dead relatives I came to realize that the cancer that seemed to be taking over my whole life as I tried desperately to push it away, was really part of my life, part of my hyphen.
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The narrow columns of text produced for the newspaper lead to quite a lot of hyphens being automatically generated by our computer system.
In fact, the recently published Shorter Oxford English Dictionary just knocked out 16,000 hyphens out of 16,000 words.
In future editions of both books, the editor can eliminate the inadvertent use of hyphens in compound adjectives beginning with an adverb and ending in -ly.