how to pronounce backslash


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the above transcription of backslash is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

backslash is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of backslash


  1. Used erroneously in reference to, or in reading out, the ordinary slash, that is, the punctuation mark /.
  2. The punctuation mark \.


  1. To escape (a metacharacter) by prepending a backslash that serves as an escape character, thereby forming an escape sequence.

backslash frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word backslash occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics backslash can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that backslash can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to backslash


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