1. [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
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.
BC, Canada, p.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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):
"£", 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).