What does ! means in BASIC

What does the symbol exclamation (!) means in BASIC?
For example, in the statement
                  DSM = DSM + 360!

How do I convert the above statement into Visual Basic?
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! is the type-declaration character for the SINGLE data type
It means that the variable preceding the ! will be type-casted to a single.

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Shortcuts for declaration of strings

$ = String
% = Integer
& = Long
! = Single
# = Double
@ = Currency
(Nothing) = Variant

Dim Art$  is the same as Dim Art As String
dim Art is the same as Dim Art As Variant


if multiple use multiple lines
Dim Art$
Dim Many%
Dim LingerNUm&
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