foreslash

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A retronym, distinguishing slash from backslash by the addition of the prefix fore-. See also forward slash.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

foreslash ‎(plural foreslashes)

  1. (typography, computing, rare) Synonym of slash/⟩.
    • 1994 February, InfoWorld magazine:
      Yes, that is a combination of foreslashes and backslashes.
    • 1994, Bryan Pfaffenberger, I hate PCs:
      Don't confuse the backslash (\) with the foreslash (/).
    • 1997, Sándor Suhai, Theoretical and computational methods in genome research:
      ...using transitions labelled by their input and output, separated by a foreslash, with x and y standing for any non-identical nucleotides...
    • 2007, Manuel Clavel, Francisco Durán, Steven Eker, Patrick Lincoln, Narciso Martí-Oliet, All About Maude - A High-Performance Logical Framework:
      The command set print rat off . switches off the special printing for _/_ so that rational numbers will be printed with spaces around the foreslash sign.