- n a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
- v divide or connect with a hyphen
hyphenate these words and names
- Minnesota is a strong Farmer-Labor State, but of late the Farmer-Labor Party has been straining at its internal hyphen.
- Use a hyphen to connect two or more words that function as a unit to describe a noun.
- At 17 letters plus a hyphen, Sammataro-Hutchins is a bit much.
- Vinton Cerf in PC World
This is a big change, because for the last 30 years the only thing you could use was Latin characters, and just the letters A though Z, digits 0 to 9 and a hyphen,said Cerf.
- Woodrow Wilson in Los Angeles Times
I cannot say too often - any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this republic,Wilson said in 1919.
- Srinivasa Ramanujan in The Hindu
AK Ramanujan described himself as the perpetual "hyphen in Indian-English", living between two or more languages, two countries, two disciplines.