forward slash (/)
Definition - One of the names of the / symbol.

Usage:

1. Use it to represent disjunction (i.e. mutually incompatible alternatives).

You can lease/purchase the automobile right now.

2. Use it instead of the hyphen or the en dash to indicate a strong relationship.

Beatles/Stones generation

3. Use it to mark line breaks in poetry.

Roses are red / Violets are blue / virgules lean forward / solidos do too

4. Use it to represent either a fraction or division.

8/4

5. Use it to represent per or to in measures and ratios.

miles/hour (miles per hour)
price/earnings ratio (price to earnings ratio)

Etymology -
The word slash — perhaps — derives from the Middle French esclachier, to break.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The first citation for the word slash in its punctuation-mark sense is from 1961.



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