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- In East-Asian languages, indicates a range of numbers
- Example, 3~10 = "3 to 10"; ~9 = "up to nine"; 50~ = "50 and greater."
- (mathematics) "is equivalent to"; "twiddles"
- "is of the same order of magnitude as"
- (logic) negation
- (linguistics) alternating with
- (computing) user's home directory in Unix-like operating systems
- (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.
- (Internet slang) Appended to an utterance to indicate a flirty, playful tone.
- 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
- ~ ~ (encloses text to indicate snarkiness)
- Written on a letter, usually a vowel, in place of an omitted n or m.
- 1526, [William Tyndale, transl.], The Newe Testamẽt […] (Tyndale Bible), [Worms, Germany: Peter Schöffer], →OCLC, John ij:, folio cxxj, verso:
- And he [Jesus] made a ſcourge off ſmale cordes / and drave thẽ all out off the temple / bothe ſhepe and oxen / ãd powred doune the changers money / and overthrue their tables.
- 1526, [William Tyndale, transl.], The Newe Testamẽt […] (Tyndale Bible), [Worms, Germany: Peter Schöffer], →OCLC, Acts iij:[7–8], folio clvij, recto:
- And immediatly his fete ãd anclebones receaved ſtrenght / and he ſprange / ſtode / ãd alſo walked / ãd entred with them into the temple walkinge / and leapynge / and laudynge god.
- 1580, T. Stapleton and Martiall (Two Popish Heretikes) Confuted, and of Their Particular Heresies Detected, London: Middleton, Henrie, page 167:
- And you ſhall finde, that the ſcriptures will instruct the man of God vnto all good works, & make him wiſe vnto ſaluation, if theſe wil not ſerue your turn, ſeeke where you wil, & find yͤ deuil & eternal damnatiõ.
- c. 1580 (date written), Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “[The Second Booke] Chapter 21”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: […] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, →OCLC; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, →OCLC, page 283:
- Yet could she for some yeares, so carry her selfe among them, that they found cause in the delicacie of her sex, of admiration, not of cõtempt : & which was notable, even in the time that many countries were full of wars (which for old grudges to Corinth were thought still would conclude there) yet so hãdled she the matter, that the threatens ever smarted in the threatners; she using so straũge, and yet so well‐succeeding a temper, that she made her people by peace, warlike ; her courtiers by sports, learned ; her Ladies by Love, chast.
- (mathematics, Internet, text messaging) approximately
- She brought ~10 shirts for a two-day trip.
- (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.
- (approximately): ≈
- ～ (the fullwidth tilde)