punctuation mark

noun

Definition of punctuation mark 

: any of various standardized marks or signs used in punctuation

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Years of rampant use have both diluted the punctuation mark’s meaning and inflated its significance. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "The Tyranny of the Exclamation Point Is Causing Email and Text Anxiety," 13 Aug. 2018 Any skiving student worth their salt knows the usual tricks to make an essay look longer: use larger punctuation marks and spaces, mess around with the margins, maybe even try to creep up to a larger font size. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Times Newer Roman is a sneaky font designed to make your essays look longer," 18 Sep. 2018 The clingy footwear style—a Yeezy staple—had a fresh vibrance in the summery shade, and served as a cheery punctuation mark to Kardashian West’s look. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Breaks Her Monochromatic Streak in—What Else?—Yeezy," 25 July 2018 Pusha delivers a clear message through his brash lyricism and usual drug fiend raps, which includes a clear start and punctuation mark. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Pusha T & Drake's Feud, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music Domination, XXXTentacion's Death, 'Scorpion' & More: Recapping a Wild 40 Days in Hip-Hop," 2 July 2018 The sacks of Rome provide punctuation marks in a long story. Greg Woolf, WSJ, "‘Rome: A History in Seven Sackings’ Review: The City That Survived," 29 June 2018 In that sense, his arrival at Halas Hall this weekend for Bears rookie minicamp doubled as a punctuation mark and reset button. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Bears rookie receiver Anthony Miller eager to prove himself all over again," 12 May 2018 There was nothing that needed to be reviewed about Rusnak's punctuation mark on the evening, though. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 8: Sporting KC Continues Attacking Breakout in Feast or Famine Slate," 23 Apr. 2018 For Brandon, 65, the retailer's implosion is a bitter punctuation mark on a chapter that was supposed to reestablish his legacy as a no-nonsense business executive with sharp financial acumen. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Toys R Us liquidation marks bitter end for CEO David Brandon," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of punctuation mark

1849, in the meaning defined above

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punctuation mark

noun

English Language Learners Definition of punctuation mark

: any one of the marks (such as a period, comma, or question mark) used to divide a piece of writing into sentences, clauses, etc.

punctuation mark

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Kids Definition of punctuation mark

: any one of the marks (as a period, comma, or question mark) used in writing to make the meaning clear and separate parts (as clauses and sentences)

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