virgule

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n virgule a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The slanted line that divides dates, fractions, choices, etc. (6/1/04) is called a virgule.
    • n Virgule A comma. "In the MSS. of Chaucer, the line is always broken by a cæsura in the middle, which is pointed by a virgule ."
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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 virgule A little rod; a twig.
    • n virgule A Comma. Hallam, Lit. Hist, of Europe, i. 8
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Virgule vėr′gūl a little rod: a mark of punctuation, a comma
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. virgule, fr. L. virgula, dim. of virga,. See Verge a rod
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. virgulavirga, a twig.

Usage


In science:

In the first form decimal separator is indicated by a period or point (we thus say in English language “twelve point five”), whereas in the second a comma is used instead (consequently, in German language one calls this number “zw¨olf Komma f¨unf ” and in the French language, one calls this number “douze virgule cinq”).
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