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hyphen

[hahy-fuhn]
noun
1.
a short line (-) used to connect the parts of a compound word or the parts of a word divided for any purpose.
verb (used with object)

Origin:
1595–1605; < Late Latin < Greek hyphén (adv.) together, derivative of hyph' hén (prepositional phrase), equivalent to hyp(ó) under (see hypo-) + hén, neuter of heîs one

hyphenic [hahy-fen-ik] , adjective
dehyphen, verb (used with object)
unhyphened, adjective
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hyphen (ˈhaɪfən)
 
n
1.  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
2.  (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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hyphen
c.1620, from L.L. hyphen, from Gk. hyphen "mark joining two syllables or words," probably indicating how they were to be sung, "together, in one," lit. "under one," from hypo "under" (see sub-) + hen, neut. of heis "one."
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hyphen definition


A punctuation mark (-) used in some compound words, such as self-motivation, seventy-five, and mother-in-law. A hyphen is also used to divide a word at the end of a line of type. Hyphens may appear only between syllables. Thus com-pound is properly hyphenated, but compo-und is not.

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