Hy·phen n. Print. A mark or short dash, thus [-], placed at the end of a line which terminates with a syllable of a word, the remainder of which is carried to the next line; or between the parts of many a compound word; as in fine-leaved, clear-headed. It is also sometimes used to separate the syllables of words.
Hy·phen, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hyphened p. pr. & vb. n. Hyphening.] To connect with, or separate by, a hyphen, as two words or the parts of a word.
n : a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word
or between the syllables of a word when the word is
divided at the end of a line of text [syn: dash]
v : divide or connect with a hyphen; "hyphenate these words and
names" [syn: hyphenate]