punctuation mark


Definition of punctuation mark

: any of various standardized marks or signs used in punctuation
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Examples of punctuation mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While other footwear designers also feature onscreen, her heels presented under the faux-vintage label Duchessa Gardini, are the punctuation mark to Carrie’s fashion statements. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 2 Feb. 2022 The mixed verdict, by a jury of four women and eight men, put a punctuation mark on a scandal that surfaced with a series of Wall Street Journal articles in 2015 and 2016 that called into question Theranos’s proprietary blood-testing technology. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 Its themes, its setting and its characters coil around one another tightly, echoing each other with the deft precision of a writer who doesn’t waste a single word, punctuation mark, or vivid image. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 11 Nov. 2021 This is a punctuation mark, but perhaps not an endpoint. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, 8 Oct. 2021 Then the suicide bombing at Kabul's airport added a nightmarish punctuation mark, killing 13 US troops and scores of innocent Afghans. John Harwood, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021 Yet if Vietnam was the beginning of the end of the old unifying principle for U.S. foreign policy, the pullout from Afghanistan looks like its final punctuation mark. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Aug. 2021 So today’s re-listing is neither the end of something, nor the beginning, just another punctuation mark in a long, arduous story. Dave Thier, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Karma dressed as a 19th skater on the Habs’ bench after the outrageous, predatory slam Mark Scheifele delivered as the punctuation mark to Game 1 of the series. BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of punctuation mark

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of punctuation mark was in 1849

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“Punctuation mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punctuation%20mark. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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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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