• WordNet 3.6
    • n ampersand a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name for the sign "&" which represents the word "and" is ampersand
    • n Ampersand A word used to describe the character &.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ampersand A name formerly in use for the character & or & (also called short and), which is formed by combining the letters of the Latin et, and, and which is commonly placed at the end of the alphabet in primers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ampersand am′pėrs-and a name formerly in use for the character & (also called short and), commonly placed at the end of the alphabet in primers
    • Ampersand Also Am′perzand, Am′pussy-and, and simply Am′passy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A corruption of and, per se and, i. e., & by itself makes and,


In literature:

Which of the three Ampersands has the prior claim to the name, I cannot tell.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
Z, and ampersand, Go to school at command.
"The Real Mother Goose" by Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
The ampersand (&) is a symbol that provides excellent material for clues to tricks and mannerisms.
"The Detection of Forgery" by Douglas Blackburn
Ampersand Pond, a solitary lake locked in by mountains, and seldom visited.
"Voyage of the Paper Canoe" by Nathaniel H. Bishop
Use ampersand (&) in firm name only when the firm uses it.
"The Style Book of The Detroit News" by The Detroit News
While ampersand, he licked the dish.
"National Rhymes of the Nursery" by Various

In news:

Dark comedy ' Ampersand ' debuts at Actors Theatre, raises questions of cloning, relationships (review).
Tangle's Ampersand is more than just a trapeze act.
Sub for ampersand theater (part 2).
David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune Ampersand is New Orleans' hub for electronic dance music.
Another sign of this came with the announcement that art supply house Ampersand is making a move from Austin to Hays County near Buda.
Ampersand Publishing Initiates Legal Action against The Santa Barbara Independent.
Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the Second World War , Issue 20 (no ISBN, Ampersand Publishing Co.
Outside of their home at Oakland's Abco Art Space, Casy & Brian show off their fresh ampersand tattoos.

In science:

Note that when it contains extra GET arguments, the base URL ends in an ampersand, &; if there are no extra arguments, then it ends in a question mark, ?.
IVOA Recommendation: Simple Line Access Protocol Version 1.0
To resolve this ambiguity, the programmer can request the second interpretation by prefixing an argument with an ampersand (a pun on C syntax for taking the address of a value), as in &x.
Julia: A Fast Dynamic Language for Technical Computing