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NOUN (1)

1. a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text;
[syn: hyphen, dash]


VERB (1)

1. divide or connect with a hyphen;
- Example: "hyphenate these words and names"
[syn: hyphenate, hyphen]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hyphen \Hy"phen\ (h[imac]"f[e^]n), n. [L., fr. Gr. "yfe`n, fr. "yf "e`n under one, into one, together, fr. ? under + ?, neut. of ? one. See Hypo-.] (Print.) A mark or short dash, thus [-], placed at the end of a line which terminates with a syllable of a word, the remainder of which is carried to the next line; or between the parts of many a compound word; as in fine-leaved, clear-headed. It is also sometimes used to separate the syllables of words. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hyphen \Hy"phen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hyphened; p. pr. & vb. n. Hyphening.] To connect with, or separate by, a hyphen, as two words or the parts of a word. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

hyphen n 1: a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text [syn: hyphen, dash] v 1: divide or connect with a hyphen; "hyphenate these words and names" [syn: hyphenate, hyphen]