Definition of forward slash in US English:

forward slash


  • A slash (/), especially as used in website addresses and computer commands.

    ‘most modern web browsers will replace an incorrect backslash in a URL with the correct forward slash’
    Contrasted with backslash
    • ‘Put the filename in quotes with forward slashes (/) instead of backslashes (\).’
    • ‘For some reason, I kept writing a backslash instead of a forward slash.’
    • ‘Type a forward slash and all the available menus show up—so easy.’
    • ‘An extra key brings up a list of characters that you won't find on the keyboard, such as the forward slash, square brackets and curly braces.’
    • ‘The list contains the names of pages that the server will display if someone requests a directory, ending in a forward slash (/).’
    • ‘Originally the forward slashes at the front of the URLs had to be written in.’
    • ‘Computer scientists had to improvise by borrowing the asterisk for multiplication and the forward slash for division.’
    • ‘One of the things that appealed to me was the opportunity to have one's name in the main part of the URL, rather than tacked on after a forward slash.’
    • ‘Like a few smaller keyboards, the comma, full stop and forward slash/question mark keys are half size.’
    • ‘Note that the slashes always have to be forward slashes, even if you're on a Windows system.’