The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

1 definition found
 for hash character
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  hash 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.
     Octothorpe story

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229