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Pronunciation:  `pungkchoo'eyshun

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

PUNCTUATION is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: punctuation mark
 See Also: ampersand, angle bracket, apostrophe, brace, bracket, break, colon, comma, dash, diagonal, exclamation mark, exclamation point, full point, full stop, grouping, hyphen, hyphenation, interrogation point, interruption, inverted comma, mark, orthography, orthography, parenthesis, period, point, question mark, quotation mark, quote, semicolon, separatrix, slash, solidus, square bracket, stop, stroke, swung dash, virgule, writing system, writing system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Punc`tu*a"tion\, 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.

Note: 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