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punctuation mark

Definitions of punctuation mark
  1. noun
    the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
    synonyms: punctuation
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    ampersand
    a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)
    apostrophe
    the mark (') used to indicate the omission of one or more letters from a printed word
    brace
    either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
    bracket, square bracket
    either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material
    angle bracket, bracket
    either of two punctuation marks (`<' or `>') used in computer programming and sometimes used to enclose textual material
    colon
    a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter)
    comma
    a punctuation mark (,) used to indicate the separation of elements within the grammatical structure of a sentence
    exclamation mark, exclamation point
    a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation
    dash, hyphen
    a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
    parenthesis
    either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
    full point, full stop, period, point, stop
    a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
    interrogation point, question mark
    a punctuation mark (?) placed at the end of a sentence to indicate a question
    inverted comma, quotation mark, quote
    a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
    semicolon
    a punctuation mark (`;') used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period
    diagonal, separatrix, slash, solidus, stroke, virgule
    a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
    swung dash
    a punctuation mark used in text to indicate the omission of a word
    ellipsis
    a mark or marks, such as three dots, indicating that words have been omitted
    suspension point
    (usually plural) one of a series of points indicating that something has been omitted or that the sentence is incomplete
    single quote
    a single quotation mark
    double quotes
    a pair of quotation marks
    scare quote
    the use of quotation marks to indicate that it is not the authors preferred terminology
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    mark
    a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)
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