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PUNCTUATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does punctuation mean? 

PUNCTUATION (noun)
  The noun PUNCTUATION has 3 senses:

1. something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
2. the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
3. the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases

  Familiarity information: PUNCTUATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PUNCTUATION (noun)


Sense 1punctuation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("punctuation" is a kind of...):

break; interruption (some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity)


Sense 2punctuation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

punctuation mark; punctuation

Hypernyms ("punctuation" is a kind of...):

mark (a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "punctuation"):

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)

exclamation mark; exclamation point (a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation)

comma (a punctuation mark (,) used to indicate the separation of elements within the grammatical structure of a sentence)

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))

angle bracket; bracket (either of two punctuation marks ('<' or '>') used in computer programming and sometimes used to enclose textual material)

bracket; square bracket (either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material)

brace (either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material)

apostrophe (the mark (') used to indicate the omission of one or more letters from a printed word)

ampersand (a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and))

swung dash (a punctuation mark used in text to indicate the omission of a word)

Holonyms ("punctuation" is a part of...):

orthography; writing system (a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols)


Sense 3punctuation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("punctuation" is a kind of...):

grouping (the activity of putting things together in groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "punctuation"):

hyphenation (connecting syllables and words by hyphens)

Holonyms ("punctuation" is a member of...):

orthography; writing system (a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols)


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