A retronym, distinguishing slash from backslash by the addition of the prefix fore-. Cf. forward slash.



foreslash ‎(plural foreslashes)

  1. (typography, computing, rare) Alternative term for slash/⟩.
    • 1994, InfoWorld magazine (February 1994)
      Yes, that is a combination of foreslashes and backslashes.
    • 1994, Bryan Pfaffenberger, I hate PCs
      Don't confuse the backslash (\) with the foreslash (/).
    • 1997, Sándor Suhai, Theoretical and computational methods in genome research
      ...using transitions labelled by their input and output, separated by a foreslash, with x and y standing for any non-identical nucleotides...
    • 2007, Manuel Clavel, Francisco Durán, Steven Eker, Patrick Lincoln, Narciso Martí-Oliet, All About Maude - A High-Performance Logical Framework
      The command set print rat off . switches off the special printing for _/_ so that rational numbers will be printed with spaces around the foreslash sign.