solidus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n solidus a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
    • n solidus a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The slash character is called a virgule, or solidus. A URL uses slash characters, not back slash characters.
    • n solidus A gold coin introduced by Constantine the Great to take the place of the aureus, previously the chief coin of the Roman currency. The coin weighed about 70 grains, and 72 solidi were struck to the pound. The solidus continued to be coined under the Byzantine empire, and at a later period received in western Europe the name of bezant. (See bezant.) In the middle ages the word solidus often indicates not any special coin, but a money of account, and was translated in the Teutonic languages by shilling and its cognates. Generally, the solidus or shilling of account contained 12 denarii, silver “pennies,” the ordinary silver coins of the period. Abbreviated s., in the sequence £ s. d.
    • n solidus A sign (/) used to denote the English shilling, representing the old lengthened form of s., as in 2/6, for 2 s. 6 d. This sign is often a convenient substitute for the horizontal line in fractions, as in .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Solidus sol′i-dus a Roman gold coin introduced by Constantine in place of the aureus, known later as the bezant: a sign (/) denoting the English shilling, representing the old lengthened form of s—£ s. d. (libræ, solidi, denarii), pounds, shillings, pence.
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Usage

In literature:

He shall not have a solidus of my property if he does not give up the woman who is a thorn in the Queen's flesh.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
There is the solidus, child; and you may take my word for it as a man of experience: whatever you undertake will prosper.
"The Bride of the Nile, Complete" by Georg Ebers
There were 12 denarii to the solidus and 20 soldi to the pound of silver.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Denarius, puzzling passage as to relation of to solidus, i.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Solidus Gallicus, its value, 277.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
And of his money, you, Albinus, shall not receive a single solidus, nor you, Scaevola, one drop of his blood.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
To-day a ship arrived from there, but did not bring a single solidus in money.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
The solidus occurs (theoretically or in accompt) in both gold and silver.
"The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896" by William Arthur Shaw
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In news:

Solidus Networks, Inc, which operates as Pay By Touch, said that it will no longer process biometric transactions on behalf of its merchant customers and consumer membership base.
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