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I have found an example for clearing all symbol definition by:


But what does the symbol ` mean? It isn't the apostrophe ', yet it is not documented in Mathematica help.


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It's a backtick. See this. –  Guess who it is. Jun 10 '13 at 17:27
It's related to the concept of Context in Mathematica, see this. –  mm.Jang Jun 10 '13 at 17:28
@0x4A4D you are so fast! –  mm.Jang Jun 10 '13 at 17:30
You can learn a bit about the symbol ` in a different context than Context, see this: Meaning of backtick in floating-point literal –  Artes Jun 10 '13 at 17:36
Thanks, this is solved. How can I mark one of the comments as an answer? –  JimmyLin Jun 10 '13 at 18:54

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In Mathematica, the back-tick or grave accent ( ` ) is used for two purposes:

  1. As a context mark to delimit contexts (name spaces) in the full name of a variable. Follow this link for more info.

  2. As a number mark to mark the end of an approximate number, and separate the number from its precision value. Follow this link for more info.

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