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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain);
[syn: pound, pound sign]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

octothorp \oc"to*thorp\, octothorpe \oc"to*thorpe\, n. [octo- eight + thorp Etymology of thorp uncertain. (ca. 1965). See quote below. Possibly derived from octalthorpe or octotherp (once used by the Bell System?).] A typographic symbol (#) having two vertical lines intersected by two horizontal lines. It is also called the crosshatch, hash, numeral sign and number sign; in the U. S. it is commonly called the pound sign, especially to designate the symbol as used on digital telephone dials, but this can be confusing to Europeans who think of the pound sign as the symbol for the British pound. It is commonly used as a symbol for the word number; as in #36 (meaning: number thirty-six). [PJC] octothorp Otherwise known as the numeral sign. It has also been used as a symbol for the pound avoirdupois, but this usage is now archaic. In cartography, it is also a symbol for village: eight fields around a central square, and this is the source of its name. Octothorp means eight fields. --Robert Bringhurst (The Elements of Typographic Style (2d edition, 1996), Hartley & Marks, Publishers, Point Roberts, WA; Vancouver, BC, Canada, p. 282) [Joel Neely]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pound sign n 1: a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain) [syn: pound, pound sign]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

pound sign £ "£", ASCII character 163, 0xA3. A stylised capital "L" used to prefix amounts in British pounds sterling (GBP). Americans call the hash character ("#") "pound" but that is an antiquated reference to pounds weight (lb). (2013-08-15)