Pronunciation: (vûr'gyOOl), [key]
1. a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur: The defendant and/or his/her attorney must appear in court.
2. a dividing line, as in dates, fractions, a run-in passage of poetry to show verse division, etc.: 3/21/27; 3/4; Sweetest love I do not go/For weariness of thee. Also called diagonal, separatrix, shilling mark, slant, slash, solidus; esp. Brit., stroke.
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