swung dash

swung dash

noun
a mark of punctuation (∼) used in place of a word or part of a word previously spelled out.

Origin:
1950–55

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swung dash
 
n
a mark, ~, traditionally used in text to indicate the omission of a word or part of a word

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swung dash definition

character
A character similar to tilde but appearing in the same vertical position as a dash, i.e. half way up rather than at the top like tilde. ASCII does not include a swung dash so tilde is used instead.
It is commonly used for "approximates" or "is approximately equal to".
(1997-06-28)

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