U+02DC was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (1993). It belongs to the block Spacing Modifier Letters in the Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Modifier Symbol and is commonly used, that is, in no specific script.

The glyph is a Compat composition of the glyphs  ̃. It has a Neutral East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Other Neutral and is not mirrored. The glyph can, under circumstances, be confused with 9 other glyphs. In text U+02DC behaves as Alphabetic regarding line breaks. It has type Other for sentence and Other for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Any.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

The tilde (/ˈtɪldə/, /ˈtɪldi/; ˜ or ~; also referred to informally as squiggly or squiggle(s)) is a grapheme with several uses. The name of the character comes from Portuguese and Spanish, from the Latin titulus meaning "title" or "superscription", though the term "tilde" has evolved and now has a different meaning in linguistics. Some refer it to a "flourish".

It was originally written over a letter as a scribal abbreviation, as a "mark of suspension", shown as a straight line when used with capitals. Thus the commonly used words Anno Domini were frequently abbreviated to Ao Dñi, an elevated terminal with a suspension mark placed above the "n". Such mark could denote the omission of one letter or several letters. This saved on the expense of the scribe's labour and the cost of vellum and ink. Mediaeval European charters written in Latin are largely made up of such abbreviated words with suspension marks; only uncommon words given in full. It has since acquired a number of other uses as a diacritic mark or a character in its own right. These are encoded in Unicode at U+0303 ◌̃ combining tilde and U+007E ~ tilde (as a spacing character), and there are additional similar characters for different roles. In lexicography, the latter kind of tilde and the swung dash (⁓) are used in dictionaries to indicate the omission of the entry word.


System Representation
UTF-16 02 DC
UTF-32 00 00 02 DC
URL-Quoted %CB%9C
HTML-Escape ˜
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake ˜
HTML-Escape ˜
HTML-Escape ˜
LaTeX \texttildelow
Encoding: MACINTOSH (hex bytes) F7
Encoding: WINDOWS-1252 (hex bytes) 98
Encoding: WINDOWS-1254 (hex bytes) 98
Encoding: WINDOWS-1255 (hex bytes) 98
Encoding: WINDOWS-1258 (hex bytes) 98

Related Characters


  • ~
  • ˜
  • ῀
  • ⁓
  • ∼
  • ⍨
  • ⩪
  • ⸞
  • ⸟


Complete Record

Property Value
Age (age) 1.1
Unicode Name (na) SMALL TILDE
Unicode 1 Name (na1) SPACING TILDE
Block (blk) Modifier_Letters
General Category (gc) Modifier Symbol
Script (sc) Common
Bidirectional Category (bc) Other Neutral
Combining Class (ccc) Not Reordered
Decomposition Type (dt) Compat
Decomposition Mapping (dm)  ̃
Lowercase (Lower)
Simple Lowercase Mapping (slc) ˜
Lowercase Mapping (lc) ˜
Uppercase (Upper)
Simple Uppercase Mapping (suc) ˜
Uppercase Mapping (uc) ˜
Simple Titlecase Mapping (stc) ˜
Titlecase Mapping (tc) ˜
Case Folding (cf) ˜
ASCII Hex Digit (AHex)
Alphabetic (Alpha)
Bidi Control (Bidi_C)
Bidi Mirrored (Bidi_M)
Bidi Paired Bracket (bpb) ˜
Bidi Paired Bracket Type (bpt) None
Cased (Cased)
Composition Exclusion (CE)
Case Ignorable (CI)
Full Composition Exclusion (Comp_Ex)
Changes When Casefolded (CWCF)
Changes When Casemapped (CWCM)
Changes When NFKC Casefolded (CWKCF)
Changes When Lowercased (CWL)
Changes When Titlecased (CWT)
Changes When Uppercased (CWU)
Dash (Dash)
Deprecated (Dep)
Default Ignorable Code Point (DI)
Diacritic (Dia)
East Asian Width (ea) Neutral
Extender (Ext)
FC NFKC Closure (FC_NFKC) ˜
Grapheme Cluster Break (GCB) Any
Grapheme Base (Gr_Base)
Grapheme Extend (Gr_Ext)
Hex Digit (Hex)
Hangul Syllable Type (hst) Not Applicable
Hyphen (Hyphen)
ID Continue (IDC)
Ideographic (Ideo)
ID Start (IDS)
IDS Binary Operator (IDSB)
IDS Trinary Operator and (IDST)
Indic Positional Category (InPC) NA
Indic Syllabic Category (InSC) Other
ISO 10646 Comment (isc)
Joining Group (jg) No_Joining_Group
Join Control (Join_C)
Jamo Short Name (JSN)
Joining Type (jt) Non Joining
Line Break (lb) Alphabetic
Logical Order Exception (LOE)
Math (Math)
Noncharacter Code Point (NChar)
NFC Quick Check (NFC_QC) Yes
NFD Quick Check (NFD_QC) Yes
NFKC Casefold (NFKC_CF)  ̃
NFKC Quick Check (NFKC_QC) No
NFKD Quick Check (NFKD_QC) No
Numeric Type (nt) None
Numeric Value (nv) NaN
Other Alphabetic (OAlpha)
Other Default Ignorable Code Point (ODI)
Other Grapheme Extend (OGr_Ext)
Other ID Continue (OIDC)
Other ID Start (OIDS)
Other Lowercase (OLower)
Other Math (OMath)
Other Uppercase (OUpper)
Pattern Syntax (Pat_Syn)
Pattern White Space (Pat_WS)
Quotation Mark (QMark)
Radical (Radical)
Sentence Break (SB) Other
Simple Case Folding (scf) ˜
Script Extension (scx) Common
Soft Dotted (SD)
STerm (STerm)
Terminal Punctuation (Term)
Unified Ideograph (UIdeo)
Variation Selector (VS)
Word Break (WB) Other
White Space (WSpace)
XID Continue (XIDC)
XID Start (XIDS)
Expands On NFC (XO_NFC)
Expands On NFD (XO_NFD)
Expands On NFKC (XO_NFKC)
Expands On NFKD (XO_NFKD)