something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
punctuation, punctuation mark(noun)
the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases
A set of symbols and marks which are used to clarify meaning in text by separating strings of words into clauses, phrases and sentences.
Etymology: From punctuatio, from punctuare; see punctuate.
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
Etymology: [Cf. F. ponctuation.]
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.
The numerical value of punctuation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of punctuation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of punctuation in a Sentence
It's a really important punctuation mark on what he's saying is a top priority for him, it's the ultimate legacy issue because it is something that's going to affect so many generations of Americans.
Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile.
It was a punctuation mark in my life every year, because I would be doing other things but always come back to that, and I was always aware of my place in the story even as others around me were not.
Their written language is really taking a hit right now, fifth graders that were strong writers in school, who would never have turned in anything without editing it first -- you see what the work they're turning in. It's missing capitals, it's missing punctuation, run on sentences -- just lacking that quality that they had at school and that they just don't have now.
Perhaps some millennials have thus become more attentive to such details as punctuation and grammar, whether they are hashtags or semicolons or sentence fragments. The details that millennials find most important, though, might differ from the rules that earlier writers emphasized.
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Translations for punctuation
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- علامة ترقيم, ترقيمArabic
- punktuasiya, durğu işarələriAzerbaijani
- puntuacióCatalan, Valencian
- kirjavahemärgid, vahemärgidEstonian
- نشانههای سجاوندیPersian
- pungadhScottish Gaelic
- 約物, 句読点Japanese
- przestankowanie, interpunkcjaPolish
- знаки препинания, пунктуацияRussian
- interpunkcija, интерпункција, punktuacija, пунктуација, razgodak, разгодакSerbo-Croatian
- interpunkcija, ločíloSlovene
- chấm câuVietnamese
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