Backslash



a short oblique stroke (\), a backward slash, used in some computer operating systems to mark the division between a directory and a subdirectory or its folders, as in designating a path.
noun
a slash which slopes to the left \
n.

1982, new punctuation symbol introduced for computer purposes, from back (adj.) + slash (n.).

character
“\” ASCII code 92. Common names: escape (from C/Unix); reverse slash; slosh; backslant; backwhack. Rare: bash; ITU-T: reverse slant; reversed virgule; INTERCAL: backslat.
Backslash is used to separate components in MS-DOS pathnames, and to introduce special character sequence in C and Unix strings, e.g. “\n” for newline.
(2000-02-21)

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