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semicolon

Semicolons ( ; ) are used for two main purposes: to separate lengthy or complex items within a list and to connect independent clauses. They are often described as being more powerful than commas, while not quite as a strong as periods (full stops).
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sem·i·co·lon

 (sĕm′ĭ-kō′lən)
n.
A mark of punctuation ( ; ) used to connect independent clauses and indicating a closer relationship between the clauses than a period does.

semicolon

(ˌsɛmɪˈkəʊlən)
n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a pause intermediate in value or length between that of a comma and that of a full stop

sem•i•co•lon

(ˈsɛm ɪˌkoʊ lən)

n.
the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a major division in a sentence where a more distinct separation is felt between clauses or items on a list than is indicated by a comma, as between the two clauses of a compound sentence.
[1635–45]

semicolon

A punctuation mark (;) used to mark a pause longer than a comma but shorter than a period.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.semicolon - a punctuation mark (`;') used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period
punctuation mark, punctuation - the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
Translations
فَصْلَةٌ مَنْقُوطَةفَصْلَه او شَوْلَةٌ مَنْقوطَه
středník
semikolon
puolipiste
נקודה ופסיק
točka-zarez
pontosvessző
semíkomma
セミコロン
세미콜론
kabliataškis
semikols
punct şi virgulă
podpičje
semikolon
เครื่องหมายอัฒภาค
dấu chấm phẩy

semicolon

semi-colon [ˌsɛmiˈkəʊlən] npoint-virgule m

semicolon

[ˌsɛmɪˈkəʊlən] npunto e virgola

semicolon

(semiˈkəulən) , ((American) ˈsemikoulən) noun
the punctuation mark (;) used especially to separate parts of a sentence which have more independence than clauses separated by a comma. He wondered what to do. He couldn't go back; he couldn't borrow money.

semicolon

فَصْلَةٌ مَنْقُوطَة středník semikolon Semikolon άνω τελεία punto y coma puolipiste point virgule točka-zarez punto e virgola セミコロン 세미콜론 puntkomma semikolon średnik ponto e vírgula, ponto-e-vírgula точка с запятой semikolon เครื่องหมายอัฒภาค ; noktalı virgül dấu chấm phẩy 分号
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