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punctuation

Punctuation refers to the specific markings, signs and symbols that are used in and around sentences to give them structure and to allow for correct understanding and comprehension.
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punc·tu·a·tion

 (pŭngk′cho͞o-ā′shən)
n.
1.
a. The use of standard marks and signs in writing and printing to separate words into sentences, clauses, and phrases in order to clarify meaning.
b. The marks so used.
2. The act or an instance of punctuating.

punctuation

(ˌpʌŋktjʊˈeɪʃən)
n
1. (Linguistics) the use of symbols not belonging to the alphabet of a writing system to indicate aspects of the intonation and meaning not otherwise conveyed in the written language
2. (Linguistics) the symbols used for this purpose
3. (Linguistics) the act or an instance of punctuating

punc•tu•a•tion

(ˌpʌŋk tʃuˈeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the practice or system of using certain conventional marks or characters in writing or printing in order to separate elements and make the meaning clear, as in ending a sentence or separating clauses.
2. punctuation marks.
3. the act of punctuating.
[1530–40; < Medieval Latin pūnctuātiō marking, pointing]

punctuation

  • em dash, en dash - The em dash is the long dash used in punctuation whose length is based on the width of the letter M; the en dash is shorter (the width of an N) and the hyphen is even shorter.
  • punctual - From Latin punctum, "point," it can mean "pertaining to punctuation," or "of or relating to a point in space."
  • square brackets, parentheses, braces - Square brackets were formerly called crotchets, round brackets are commonly called parentheses, and curly brackets are called braces; the punctuation called brackets derives from the bookshelf type, implying that, in writing, these marks "lift up" a section of a sentence.
  • stigmeology - The art of punctuation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.punctuation - something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisionspunctuation - something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
break, interruption - some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
2.punctuation - the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrasespunctuation - the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
orthography, writing system - a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
mark - a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation); "his answer was just a punctuation mark"
ampersand - a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)
apostrophe - the mark (') used to indicate the omission of one or more letters from a printed word
brace - either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
square bracket, bracket - either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material
angle bracket, bracket - either of two punctuation marks (`<' or="" `="">') used in computer programming and sometimes used to enclose textual material
colon - a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter)
comma - a punctuation mark (,) used to indicate the separation of elements within the grammatical structure of a sentence
exclamation mark, exclamation point - a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation
hyphen, dash - a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
parenthesis - either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
full point, full stop, period, stop, point - a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; "in England they call a period a stop"
interrogation point, question mark - a punctuation mark (?) placed at the end of a sentence to indicate a question
inverted comma, quotation mark, quote - a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
semicolon - a punctuation mark (`;') used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period
separatrix, virgule, solidus, slash, diagonal, stroke - a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
swung dash - a punctuation mark used in text to indicate the omission of a word
3.punctuation - the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases
hyphenation - connecting syllables and words by hyphens
grouping - the activity of putting things together in groups
orthography, writing system - a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
Translations
إسْتِعمال علامات الوَقْف والفَواصِلوَضْعُ عَلامَاتُ التَّرْقِيم
interpunkcerozčlenění na části
tegnsætning
välimerkkivälimerkkien käyttö
interpunkcijapunktuacijarazgodak
írásjelek kitevéseközpontozás
greinarmerkjasetning
句読
구두법
interpunkcia
postavljanje ločil
interpunktion
เครื่องหมายวรรคตอน
noktalamanoktalama işaretlerini koymanoktalama işaretlerinin kullanımı
dấu chấm phẩy

punctuation

[ˌpʌŋktjʊˈeɪʃən]
A. N (Ling) → puntuación f
B. CPD punctuation mark Nsigno m de puntuación

punctuation

[ˌpʌŋktʃʊˈeɪʃən] nponctuation fpunctuation mark nsigne m de ponctuation

punctuation

nZeichensetzung f, → Interpunktion f; punctuation markSatzzeichen nt, → Interpunktionszeichen nt

punctuation

[ˌpʌŋktjʊˈeɪʃn] n (Gram) → punteggiatura, interpunzione f

punctuate

(ˈpaŋktʃueit) verb
to divide up sentences etc by commas, full stops, colons etc.
punctuation noun
1. the act of punctuating.
2. the use of punctuation marks.
punctuation mark
any of the symbols used for punctuating, eg comma, full stop, question mark etc.

punctuation

وَضْعُ عَلامَاتُ التَّرْقِيم interpunkce tegnsætning Zeichensetzung στίξη puntuación välimerkkien käyttö ponctuation interpunkcija punteggiatura 句読 구두법 interpunctie tegnsetting interpunkcja pontuação пунктуация interpunktion เครื่องหมายวรรคตอน noktalama dấu chấm phẩy 标点符号
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If our young friend studied punctuation, it would be well.
Why, he had all the earmarks of a typewriter copyist, if you leave out the disposition to contribute uninvited emen- dations of your grammar and punctuation.
His friend was French, too, but spoke in German--using the same system of punctuation, however.
tied with dainty ribbon), and proceeded to read, with labored attention to "expression" and punctuation.
The labor of writing and spelling, with the added difficulties of punctuation and capitals, interfered sadly with the free expression of ideas.
She then declaimed the little piece with an attention to punctuation and emphasis, a flexibility of voice and an appropriateness of gesture, very unusual indeed at her age, and which proved she had been carefully trained.
His arguments were pointed with specie, we doing the punctuation, and with a little bargaining he told us what he knew.
Or again, the question may be solved by punctuation, as in Empedocles,--
Wharton made extensive stylistic, punctuation, and spelling changes and revisions between the serial and book publication, and more than thirty subsequent changes were made after the second impression of the book edition had been run off.
Piper has a good deal to say, chiefly in parentheses and without punctuation, but not much to tell.
Spelling and punctuation have been largely brought into conformity with modern British usage.
Hilbery sat editing his review, or placing together documents by means of which it could be proved that Shelley had written "of" instead of "and," or that the inn in which Byron had slept was called the "Nag's Head" and not the "Turkish Knight," or that the Christian name of Keats's uncle had been John rather than Richard, for he knew more minute details about these poets than any man in England, probably, and was preparing an edition of Shelley which scrupulously observed the poet's system of punctuation.