The hyphen-minus ( -) is a character used in digital documents and computing to represent a hyphen (‐) or a minus sign (−).
The minus sign is nominally the same width as the plus sign. In proportional typefaces it is longer than a hyphen. During typesetting a word wrap may also occur following a hyphen-minus, unlike the minus sign proper which is treated as a mathematical symbol. These differences make "-" as a substitute for minus signs undesirable in professional typography.
The hyphen-minus is often used to represent an en dash, which may be used to indicate ranges (such as a time range of "2000–2004"), direction (as in "The Los Angeles–London flight"), and other cases of connection. The en dash is normally longer (the width of a letter "n") than a hyphen, though in a fixed-pitch or typewriter font there is no difference. The hyphen connects closely, the en dash less closely, while the em dash (the width of a letter "m") separates..