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    Question What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    What is the English word for the sign "#"?
    I couldn't find any entry for # in any online dictionary.

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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    Hello simile!

    It has two names depending on the context. It is the symbol for "number" as in #1, #2, #3, etc.

    It is also called the "pound sign", pound meaning lb. as in weight.

    Have a great day!
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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    This sign is used in phones too and is called pound.

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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    Hello SweetMommaSue,

    In programmers' jargon '#' is often referred to as the 'hash' sign, although I don't think it's a proper technical ASCII term...

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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    So there's no specific "equivalent Englsih word" for #?
    Just call it "number" or "pound."
    Is that what you mean?

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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    There are various names used for it. But, some of these other names are not known by many people. In the U.S., 'pound sign' and 'number sign' are the common names and will be widely understood. If you're using the phone you may hear 'pound key'.

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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    You guys' answers are very informative!
    Thanks a lot!

    There's also a * key on a cell phone.
    I think we should call it "asterisk," right?
    I mean when used on a cell phone.

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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    i can give you an example from software world. c# programming language is called " c sharp" so i think they call it like sharp as well.

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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    As a supplement:

    In British English, you call it a "hache" key (pronounced "hash"). You tend not to call it "sharp" except in a musical context. (And in music, # looks slightly different.)

    If you call it "pound sign", it will probably confuse British people, as they don't use # for weight (which is a pity).

    On a keyboard, * is indeed an asterisk; though on a phone numberpad, it's a "star".

    MrP

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    Default Re: What is the English word for the sign "#"?

    ok i wonder if this sentence correct mrpedantic " it is required not to do that"
    would you use that for your own way of speech as a native speaker, or what would you suggest instead of that

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