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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • \ˈäk-tə-ˌthȯrp, -tō-\
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • \ˈäk-tə-ˌthȯrp, -tō-\

Definitions of octothorpe word

  • abbreviation Technical meaning of OCTOTHORPE hash character 3
  • noun octothorpe (chiefly, US) The hash or square symbol (unsupported #), used mainly in telephony and computing. 1
  • noun Technical meaning of octothorpe (character)   "#", ASCII character 35. Common names: number sign; pound; pound sign; hash; sharp; crunch; hex; INTERCAL: mesh. Rare: grid; crosshatch; octothorpe; flash; ITU-T: square, pig-pen; tictactoe; scratchmark; thud; thump; splat. The pronunciation of "#" as "pound" is common in the US but a bad idea; Commonwealth Hackish has its own, rather more apposite use of "pound sign" (confusingly, on British keyboards the pound graphic happens to replace "#"; thus Britishers sometimes call "#" on a US-ASCII keyboard "pound", compounding the American error). The US usage derives from an old-fashioned commercial practice of using a "#" suffix to tag pound weights on bills of lading. The character is usually pronounced "hash" outside the US. The name "octothorpe" was made up by a Bell Labs supervisor, Don Macpherson. 1
  • noun octothorpe (chiefly US) The hash or square symbol (#), used mainly in telephony and computing. 0

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octothorpe popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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