Definitions for comma
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word comma.
a punctuation mark (,) used to indicate the separation of elements within the grammatical structure of a sentence
comma, comma butterfly, Polygonia commanoun
anglewing butterfly with a comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing
Punctuation mark , (usually indicating a pause between parts of a sentence or between elements in a list).
A diacritical mark used below certain letters in Romanian.
A European and North American butterfly, Polygonia c-album, of the family Nymphalidae.
a small or very small interval between two enharmonic notes tuned in different ways.
Etymology: From comma, from κόμμα, from κόπτω
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Comma’s and points they set exactly right. Alexander Pope.
The comma , is a punctuation mark that appears in several variants in different languages. It has the same shape as an apostrophe or single closing quotation mark (’) in many typefaces, but it differs from them in being placed on the baseline of the text. Some typefaces render it as a small line, slightly curved or straight, but inclined from the vertical. Other fonts give it the appearance of a miniature filled-in figure 9 on the baseline. The comma is used in many contexts and languages, mainly to separate parts of a sentence such as clauses, and items in lists mainly when there are three or more items listed. The word comma comes from the Greek κόμμα (kómma), which originally meant a cut-off piece, specifically in grammar, a short clause.A comma-shaped mark is used as a diacritic in several writing systems and is considered distinct from the cedilla. In Byzantine and modern copies of Ancient Greek, the "rough" and "smooth breathings" (ἁ, ἀ) appear above the letter. In Latvian, Romanian, and Livonian, the comma diacritic appears below the letter, as in ș. For the notation ⟨x⟩ and /x/ used in this article, see grapheme and phoneme, respectively.
A comma is a punctuation mark in written language that represents a pause in a sentence or separates different elements within a list or sentence. It is used to clarify meaning by indicating a separation of words, phrases, or clauses. The symbol for a comma is (,).
a character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed
a small interval (the difference between a major and minor half step), seldom used except by tuners
Etymology: [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. clause, fr. to cut off. Cf. Capon.]
The comma is a punctuation mark, and it appears in several variants in various languages. It has the same shape as an apostrophe or single closing quotation mark in many typefaces, but it differs from them in being placed on the baseline of the text. Some typefaces render it as a small line, slightly curved or straight but inclined from the vertical, or with the appearance of a small, filled-in number 9. It is used to separate parts of a sentence such as clauses and lists of three or more things. The comma is used in many contexts and languages, mainly for separating things. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word comma comes directly from the Greek komma, which means something cut off or a short clause. A comma can also be used as a diacritic when combined with other characters.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom′a, n. (Shak.) a short part of a sentence: in punctuation, the point (,) which marks the smallest division of a sentence: (fig.) a brief interval.—Inverted commas, marks of quotation ("..", '..'). [L.,—Gr. komma, a section of a sentence, from koptein, to cut off.]
A type of known symbol to accurately define meaning and grammatical structure.
A comma can create a specific meaning in a sentence according to where it is placed, in various languages
Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2017
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Rank popularity for the word 'comma' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4734
The numerical value of comma in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of comma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
The big topics like that are still a work in progress. And those are very complex issues, particularly rules of origin, so eventually it will come down to every comma, every semicolon, everything before we can figure out if it's something that's workable.
A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know.
The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma.
There are going to be many months in which people will be able to look at every comma and period and semicolon in this deal, and I feel very confident that when people evaluate the actual deal that is done, that they will see that, in fact, it is the most progressive trade deal in history.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
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- فاصلة, ،Arabic
- comaCatalan, Valencian
- atalnod, comaWelsh
- Beistrich, Komma, C-FalterGerman
- υποστιγμή, κόμμαGreek
- herukkaperhonen, pilkkuFinnish
- virgula, commaInterlingua
- コンマ, 読点Japanese
- KommaLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- rusałka ceik, przecinekPolish
- zarez, zapeta, зарез, запетаSerbo-Croatian
- dấu phẩyVietnamese
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