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obelus

noun

obe·​lus


| \ˈä-bə-ləs also ˈō-

\

plural obeli\ ˈä-​bə-​ˌlī ,

-​ˌlē
also  ˈō-​
\

Definition of obelus 

1

: a symbol − or ÷ used in ancient manuscripts to mark a questionable passage

2

: the symbol ÷

First Known Use of obelus

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for obelus

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek obelos spit, pointed pillar, obelus

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The "dividing sign". Often used to represent the mathematical operation of division. Historically, it has also been used to represent subtraction in Northern Europe .

On Windows computers, pressing Alt +0247 on the number pad will produce an obelus. It is produced with Option+/ on Mac computers.

An obelus is used like this: 4÷2=2
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