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See also: ˜ [U+02DC SMALL TILDE], [U+2053 SWUNG DASH], [U+301C WAVE DASH], ◌̃, and Unsupported titles/Linearized tilde

~ U+007E, ~
TILDE
[unassigned: U+007F–U+009F]
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[U+007D]
Basic Latin  
[U+00A0]
U+FF5E, ~
FULLWIDTH TILDE

[U+FF5D]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF5F]

Translingual

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Symbol

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~ (English symbol name tilde)

  1. In East-Asian languages, indicates a range of numbers
    Example, 3~10 = "3 to 10"; ~9 = "up to nine"; 50~ = "50 and greater."
  2. (mathematics) "is equivalent to"; "twiddles"
  3. "is of the same order of magnitude as"
  4. (logic) negation
    ~p
  5. (linguistics) alternating with
  6. (computing) user's home directory in Unix-like operating systems
  7. (in dictionaries) Replaces the headword in derivatives or example sentences, to save space.
    black, adj: of the colour perceived in the absence of light. ~ eye: one that has been visibly bruised.
  8. (Internet slang) Appended to an utterance to indicate a flirty, playful tone.
  9. Stylized form of -.
    • 1927 September 15, “For the bath”, in Vogue, Greenwich, Conn.: The Condé Nast Publications, Inc., page 189:
      Here are the three finest things to be had ~ a group supremé, in bathware. Sold everywhere in the United States ~ used ensemblé. They are in perfect harmony. Lanchère Blue Rose Bath Crystals dissolve quickly and at the same time release their fragrance.
    • 1996 January 22, The Times-News, number 22, Twin Falls, Ida., page D-3, column 1:
      So Cremey! / Light or dark chocolate / Butter cremes / Raspberry / Lemon ~ Orange ~ Lime / Vanilla ~ Mint / $6.30 lb
    • 2012, Tim Stump, Le Dernier Tour D'ivoire ~ Three Seasons Quick and Collected Poetry, →ISBN:
      Le Dernier Tour D'ivoire ~ Three Seasons Quick and Collected Poetry

Usage notes

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In English, this is called tilde. The symbol may be placed mid-line or superscript that depends on fonts, or use swung dash (⁓) that is always mid-line.

Synonyms

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  • (logical negations): ¬, !
  • (replaces the headword): , (in Japanese dictionaries)

Derived terms

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  • ~ ~ (encloses text to indicate snarkiness)

English

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Etymology

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(indicating emotion): Perhaps borrowed from Japanese ~, , , emphatic form of (long vowel mark).

Diacritical mark

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~ (obsolete)

  1. Written on a letter, usually a vowel, in place of an omitted n or m.
    cõtemptcontempt

Symbol

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~

  1. (mathematics, Internet, text messaging) approximately
    She brought ~10 shirts for a two-day trip.
  2. (Internet, text messaging) Indicating joy, elation, excitement, or a playful tone.
    Awesome~ I hope you enjoy your trip!
    • 2016, Yukiya Murasaki, translated by ZackZeal, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, volume 6, J-Novel Club, published 2018, →ISBN:
      “Bufh! Y-Y-You can leave everything to us, Miss Horn!” “We’ll keep your luggage safe!” “Oh god, my nose won’t stop bleeding…” “Please, misters! And thanksies~” Horn exclaimed enthusiastically as she got away from them.

See also

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  • (approximately):

Chinese

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Alternative forms

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  • (the fullwidth tilde)

Punctuation mark

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~

  1. Indicates the starting point of a range; from.
  2. Indicating the lengthening of a pronunciation.

Japanese

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Alternative forms

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  • (the fullwidth tilde)
  • (the wave dash)

Punctuation mark

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~

  1. Indicates the starting point of a range; from.
  2. Indicating the lengthening of a pronunciation.

Korean

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Alternative forms

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  • ~ (the halfwidth tilde)
  • (the fullwidth tilde)

Punctuation mark

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~

  1. Indicates the starting point of a range; from.
  2. Indicating the lengthening of a pronunciation.