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% U+0025, %
Basic Latin &
U+2BD9, ⯙

Miscellaneous Symbols and Arrows
U+FE6A, ﹪

Small Form Variants
U+FF05, %

Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms

Translingual edit

Etymology edit

From o/c, from No/c, an abbreviation of Italian numero per cento (number per hundred). For the extension to Astraea, shift-5 on the keyboard for asteroid (5).

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% (English symbol name percent sign)

  1. The percent; portion of a total of 100.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page x:
      For more than 90% of the figures (mostly drawn during 1976-1990), either a scale, or the given magnification, will allow the user to derive accurate measurements, even when these are lacking in the diagnosis.
    • Aldrichimica Acta Volume 30 No 4 (pdf) from Sigma-Aldrich
      Decomposition of 4 in the presence of cis-piperylene at room temperature results in the stereocontrolled formation of trans-cycloheptadiene 27 in 90% ee (96% ee at -78 °C).
  2. (computing) Used as a wildcard, usually in SQL, to stand for zero or more characters.
  3. (computing, programming) Used as the symbol for the modulus, placed between two numbers, to get the remainder of the division of those numbers.
  4. (astrology, rare) the asteroid (5) Astraea.
  5. (Internet) Used in the percent-encoding of uniform resource identifiers such as URLs.

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Etymology edit

Back-formation from any% or low%, in which the “%” was a literal indicator of the percentage completion the player would achieve in order to qualify for the given leaderboard category. The suffix was then broadened to form category names in general, where the suffixed term specified some condition about the category, e.g. what score must be obtained, items used, etc., in order to qualify.

Pronunciation edit

Pronounced the same as percent.

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pəˈsɛnt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɚˈsɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

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  1. (speedrunning) Suffix forming speedrunning categories requiring a given percentage to qualify.
    any% – any percentage completion is permitted
    low% – the lowest possible completion is required
  2. (speedrunning) Suffix forming speedrunning categories related to the suffixed element, or subject to constraints based on it.
    (requiring a “P” rank in order to qualify)
    (gear items are allowed as part of the run, whereas in the main category runs they would not be)

Chinese edit

Etymology 1 edit

The pronunciation is from English percent

Pronunciation edit

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  1. (Taiwan) percent

Etymology 2 edit

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  1. Alternative form of (to have sex)

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For pronunciation and definitions of % – see the following entry.
[noun] percent
(This term, %, is an alternative spelling of the above term.)