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Meaning of punctuation by Wiktionary Dictionary

punctuation


    Etymology

    From Medieval Latin punctuatio ( “a marking with points, a writing, agreement” ), from punctuare ( “to mark with points, settle” ); see punctuate .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /pʌŋk.tʃuˈeɪ.ʃən/, X-SAMPA: /pVNk.tSu"eI.S@n/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

    Noun

    punctuation ( countable and uncountable; plural: punctuations )

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

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    Punctuation

    • apostrophe ( ' ) ( ’ )
    • braces ( publishing, music, programming ) ( { } )
    • brackets ( publishing, programming ) ( [ ] )
    • colon ( : )
    • comma ( , )
    • dashes ( ‒ ) ( – ) ( — ) ( ― )
    • ellipsis ( … )
    • exclamation mark ( ! )
    • full stop ( British ) or period ( North America ) ( . )
    • guillemets ( publishing ) ( « » )
    • hyphen ( - ) ( ‐ )
    • interpunct ( publishing, web design ) ( · )
    • interrobang ( rare ) ( ‽ )
    • parentheses ( ( ) )
    • question mark ( ? )
    • quotation marks ( formal, British ) ( ‘ ’ ) ( “ ” )
    • quotation marks ( informal, North America, computing ) ( " ) ( ' )
    • semicolon ( ; )
    • slash ( / )
    • solidus ( dated, mathematics ) ( ⁄ )
    • space ( )

    External links

    • punctuation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • punctuation in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of punctuation by Wordnet Dictionary

punctuation


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

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

    3. something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions



    Definition of punctuation by GCIDE Dictionary

    punctuation


    1. Punctuation n. [Cf. F. ponctuation.] ( Gram. ) 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.

      ☞ Punctuation, as the term is usually understood, is chiefly performed with four points: the period [.], the colon [:], the semicolon [;], and the comma [,]. Other points used in writing and printing, partly rhetorical and partly grammatical, are the note of interrogation [?], the note of exclamation [!], the parentheses [( )], the dash [--], and brackets []. It was not until the 16th century that an approach was made to the present system of punctuation by the Manutii of Venice. With Caxton, oblique strokes took the place of commas and periods.