Definitions for Punctuationˌpʌŋk tʃuˈeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

punc•tu•a•tionˌpʌŋk 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.

Origin of punctuation:

1530–40; < ML pūnctuātiō marking, pointing

Princeton's WordNet

  1. punctuation(noun)

    something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions

  2. punctuation, punctuation mark(noun)

    the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

  3. punctuation(noun)

    the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. punctuation(noun)ˌpʌŋk tʃuˈeɪ ʃən

    marks such as periods, commas, etc. used in writing

    Make sure to use the proper punctuation.


  1. punctuation(Noun)

    A set of symbols and marks which are used to clarify meaning in text by separating strings of words into clauses, phrases and sentences.

  2. Origin: From punctuatio, from punctuare; see punctuate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punctuation(noun)

    the act or art of punctuating or pointing a writing or discourse; the art or mode of dividing literary composition into sentences, and members of a sentence, by means of points, so as to elucidate the author's meaning


  1. Punctuation

    Punctuation marks are symbols that indicate the structure and organization of written language, as well as intonation and pauses to be observed when reading aloud. In written English, punctuation is vital to disambiguate the meaning of sentences. For example, "woman, without her man, is nothing" and "woman: without her, man is nothing" have greatly different meanings, as do "eats shoots and leaves" and "eats, shoots and leaves". The rules of punctuation vary with language, location, register and time and are constantly evolving. Certain aspects of punctuation are stylistic and are thus the author's choice. Tachygraphic language forms, such as those used in online chat and text messages, may have wildly different rules. For English usage, see the articles on specific punctuation marks.

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the act of punctuating.

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