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If you are talking about hyphenated Hebrew words, the dash is called a maqqef (מקף), but it has basically the same meaning as an English dash. It just links two words that form a single concept:

bet-sefer (בית־ספר) = "school" (literally, house of book).


In the siddur (prayerbook), it means that the two words are grammatically linked.

In the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), it means that the two words share one cantillation note (trope note) for the chanting of the verse.

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A line over certain Hebrew letters indicates an alternate pronunciation (but only in the Yiddish language). There is no meaning for a dash above an entire word.

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