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How does one insert a backslash or a tilde into LaTeX?

I have tried using \text{\~{}} to draw a tilde in math mode. However, this only produces a superscript tilde.

I have looked around at many pages such as this one: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Wiki/index.php/LaTeX:Symbols

and surprisingly, I can't find where to draw a tilde in math mode (not under or above a character - just a single tilde character). If I just use ~, then nothing appears.

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marked as duplicate by Werner, Gonzalo Medina, Harish Kumar, doncherry, Peter Grill Oct 3 '12 at 23:43

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$\backsim\ \sim\ \thicksim$

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Is \sim an option for you? It looks like a tilde.

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