Definition of backslash in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakslaʃ/


A backward-sloping diagonal line (\), used in some computer commands.
Example sentences
  • You can type the command as one long line without the backslashes or use them to break up a long pipeline into multiple lines on the screen.
  • The backslashes in the above command are there because I couldn't fit the entire command on one line.
  • Note the backslashes for lines that were too long to fit in this example.

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Line breaks: back|slash

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