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[bak-slash] /ˈbækˌslæʃ/
a short oblique stroke (\), a backward slash, used in some computer operating systems to mark the division between a directory and a subdirectory or its folders, as in designating a path.
Origin of backslash
1975-80; back1 + slash1
Can be confused
backslash, forward slash, virgule. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for backslash
  • Note that the starting double backslash is required.
  • To search for a string that contains one of these characters, precede the character with a backslash.
  • The individual character is preceded by a backslash character rather than enclosing the entire string in double quotes.
British Dictionary definitions for backslash


a slash which slopes to the left \
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for backslash

1982, new punctuation symbol introduced for computer purposes, from back (adj.) + slash (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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backslash in Technology

"\" ASCII code 92. Common names: escape (from C/Unix); reverse slash; slosh; backslant; backwhack. Rare: bash; ITU-T: reverse slant; reversed virgule; INTERCAL: backslat.
Backslash is used to separate components in MS-DOS pathnames, and to introduce special character sequence in C and Unix strings, e.g. "\n" for newline.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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