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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.]
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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]
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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.
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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
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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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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"
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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
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hyphen

[ˈhaɪfən] ntrait m d'union
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hyphen

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

[ˈhaɪfn] ntrattino, lineetta
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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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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