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 Onstage were a few chairs and some versatile rolling cases stencilled with punctuation marks. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 The New York City nurse’s mixture of shock, grief, anger, despair, and outright confusion was an intoxicating punctuation mark to an episode that showed the gold standard of reality competition TV at its very best. Ew Staff Published, EW.com, 12 Dec. 2023 Cleveland put the punctuation mark on the win with a thunderous dunk with 58 seconds left. Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald, 3 Feb. 2024 Crowning Swift in this category — for a landmark fourth time — would serve as a fitting punctuation mark on what was most certainly the Year of Taylor. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 And so the history elements serve as punctuation marks, seamlessly integrated into the unfolding mystery our main character is unraveling. Ruhama Wolle, Glamour, 12 Jan. 2024 Kaitlyn was messaging him, sending lots of emojis, expletives and punctuation marks. Clare Caldera, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 While bowl games often live in the awkward space between season finale and way-too-early preview of what’s to come, UCLA is viewing Saturday’s L.A. Bowl at 4:30 p.m. at SoFi Stadium against Mountain West champion Boise State solely as a full-stop punctuation mark for this run-on season. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2023 Taking inspiration from mother nature, who thoughtfully designed the real life critters to be intensely physically expressive, Renner gave his mallard characters wide and expressive eyes, with undulating brows that act as punctuation marks, rising and falling to underscore each line and emotion. Ben Croll, Variety, 14 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 19 Apr. 2024.

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punctuation mark

: any of various marks or signs used in punctuation
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