Octothorpe - definition of octothorpe by The Free Dictionary
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[Coined in the 1960s by researchers at Bell Telephone Laboratories
(probably in reference to the eight endpoints of the lines in the symbol
) + -thorpe
(perhaps from thorp
, in reference to the resemblance of the symbol to a village surrounded by fields
, or after James Francis Thorpebecause one of the researchers was an advocate of the restoration of Thorpe's Olympic medals
octothorpe - The pound key on a keyboard or keypad is technically an octothorpe.
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Houston (blogger, Edinburgh) combines an interesting history of punctuation marks, such as the pilcrow, octothorpe
, and ampersand, with setting them in their context, not only within the relatively small world of typesetting but in their overall milieu.
The pound key (#) on the keyboard is called an OCTOTHORPE
Usually regarded as a sign for a number, the correct term for the # symbol is an octothorpe
"#" indicates the attribute is a component of the primary identifier for the entity type, and an asterisk "*" means the attribute is mandatory.