exclamation point


Definition of exclamation point

1 : a mark ! used especially after an interjection or exclamation to indicate forceful utterance or strong feeling
2 : a distinctive indication of major significance, interest, or contrast the game put an exclamation point on the season

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Examples of exclamation point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Best practices that the NCSC recommends include picking random words to string together as a password, along with adding in special characters like an exclamation point. Andy Meek, BGR, "Please stop doing this when you create a new password," 10 Apr. 2021 Will Zalatoris on Friday played well enough to deserve an exclamation point, and remained anonymous enough to require a question mark. Jim Souhan, Star Tribune, "Little-known Will Zalatoris surges up Masters leaderboard," 9 Apr. 2021 Eubanks also provided the game’s exclamation point with a vicious two-handed slam dunk off a pass from Dejounte Murray with 3:41 to go. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Free throws remain kryptonite for San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl," 1 Apr. 2021 And just to put an exclamation point on the quarter, Helena Pueyo sprinted back on defense to block a fast break layup. Jim Vertuno, Star Tribune, "Sweet 16: McDonald propels Arizona over Texas A&M 74-59," 27 Mar. 2021 Then, Stoddard put an exclamation point on his day in the consolation final by dominating Logan Lloyd from Milan-Edison to earn an 8-0 major decision to lock up third place. cleveland, "Cleveland-area teams collect plenty of medals, but not titles, at OHSAA Division III state wrestling," 15 Mar. 2021 That output included a thunderous rebound dunk in the fourth quarter that provided the exclamation point for East Aurora (6-2, 6-2). Paul Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "‘I’m ready’: Jacques Kelly scores a game-high 24 points as East Aurora keeps rolling along with win over conference champion Bartlett.," 6 Mar. 2021 Watts assisted to Brown for a thunderous dunk with 31.2 seconds left for the exclamation point. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball pulls off much-needed upset, beats No. 4 Illinois, 81-72," 24 Feb. 2021 Evan Mobley threw down a monstrous, two-handed dunk with 2:52 remaining that seemed to put an exclamation point on USC’s win. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC drowns Ducks with sea of threes, ending 20-year Elite Eight wait," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of exclamation point

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exclamation point was in 1824

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25 Apr 2021

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“Exclamation point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclamation%20point. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exclamation point

US : a punctuation mark ! used to show a forceful way of speaking or a strong feeling

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Kids Definition of exclamation point

: a punctuation mark ! used to show force in speaking or strong feeling

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