Definition 2022



- U+002D, -
Basic Latin .
See also: [U+2010 HYPHEN], [U+2013 EN DASH], [U+2212 MINUS SIGN], [U+2014 EM DASH], [U+4E00 CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-4E00], and [U+1680 OGHAM SPACE MARK]




  1. The hyphen-minus, a catch-all symbol for certain dash and dash-like characters.
    1. (hyphen)
    2. (minus sign)
    3. (figure dash)
    4. (en dash)
    5. (em dash)
    6. (horizontal bar)
    7. (chemistry) A single bond.

Usage notes

The multiple uses of this character were a compromise that made sense in the early days of fixed-width typewriters and computer displays, but are not in agreement with proper typesetting. Nonetheless, the usage persists since the hyphen-minus is easy to enter on keyboards, well known, and at the same place in all common character sets.

Derived terms

  • (small form variant)

See also



The letter T in Morse code.

  1. Visual rendering of Morse code for T.

See also


Punctuation mark


  1. (rare) A romanization of the (long vowel mark).