What does punctuation mean?

Definitions for punctuation
ˌpʌŋk tʃuˈeɪ ʃənpunc·tu·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. punctuationnoun

    something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions

  2. punctuation, punctuation marknoun

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

  3. punctuationnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. punctuationnoun

    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. Etymology: From punctuatio, from punctuare; see punctuate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Punctuationnoun

    The act or method of pointing.

    Etymology: punctum, Lat.

    It ought to do it willingly, without being forced to it by any change in the words or punctuation. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punctuationnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. ponctuation.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of punctuation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of punctuation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of punctuation in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Dobranski:

    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.

  2. Tom Waits:

    I’ve always been a word guy, I like weird words and I like American slang and all that and words that are no longer being used… I like to drag them out of the box and wave them around… this is an interesting one, it’s amazing how in addition to punctuation just a little pause in the wrong place can just completely transform the meaning of something.

  3. Jill Marangoni:

    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.

  4. Sharon Burke:

    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.

  5. Alan Rickman:

    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.

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