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Meaning of VIRGULE

Pronunciation:  'vurgyool

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

VIRGULE is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: diagonal, separatrix, slash, solidus, stroke
 See Also: punctuation, punctuation mark



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vir"gule\, n. [F. virgule, fr. L. virgula, dim. of
virga. See {Verge} a rod.]
A comma. [R.]

      In the MSS. of Chaucer, the line is always broken by a
      c[ae]sura in the middle, which is pointed by a virgule.

Computing Dictionary

Rare, and ambiguous: slash or comma.

"Virgule" (or rather, Latin "virgula", meaning "little rod" or, vividly enough, "little penis") was the name of a punctuation character shaped like a small slash and used in the Latin writing system much like a modern comma -- hence the ambiguity of this term in modern English.

Compare French "virgule" and Italian "virgola", meaning "comma" (not "slash"); Italian "doppia virgola" and "virgoletta", both meaning "double quote".