Definition of hash mark in English:

hash mark

Syllabification: hash mark


  • 1A service stripe worn on the left sleeve of an enlisted person’s uniform to indicate three years of service in the army or four years in the navy.
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    • One of the Honor Guards had 10 'hash marks' on his sleeve.
    • Note the belted jacket with shoulder insignia and longevity ‘hash marks’ on the sleeves.
  • 1.1A service stripe on any uniform.
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    • This man had more stripes and hash marks up and down his sleeves than you can ever imagine.
    • Military-like hash marks indicating years of service will be worn on the new long-sleeve shirts in New York City; on short sleeves, a bar over the breast pocket serves the same purpose.
  • 2 Football One of a series of marks made along parallel lines that delineate the middle of the field, used to spot the ball after a play ends outside these lines.
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    • Against Baltimore, for instance, Wesley intercepted a pass near the sideline after breaking for the ball from the far hash mark.
    • Against Denver's cover - 2, the game plan is to let the receivers catch the ball between the hash marks and let the hard-hitting safeties blow them up.
    • The majority of his throws have been outside the hash marks.
  • 3The symbol .
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    • I was just wondering if there's any possibility to have hylafax send the tone equivalent to pressing the hash mark on a regular phone?
    • If you absolutely can't produce a pound sign, it has become conventional in computing circles to use the hash mark instead (hence its other name).
    • Shown is a representative egg-laying pattern, with egg-laying events indicated by hash marks.

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