punctuation mark

noun

Definition of punctuation mark 

: any of various standardized marks or signs used in punctuation

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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 Sometimes the process goes smoothly, but other times — when inclement weather or rowdy children strike — picking up a rental car can be the punctuation mark on an exhausting day of travel. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Airbnb for cars is here. And the rental car giants are not happy.," 30 Mar. 2018 Sometimes the process goes smoothly, but other times -- when inclement weather or rowdy children strike -- picking up a rental car can be the punctuation mark on an exhausting day of travel. Peter Holley, chicagotribune.com, "Airbnb for cars is here. And the rental car giants are not happy.," 30 Mar. 2018 The Cardinals filed off the court in red jerseys stained with sweat and tears, a melancholy punctuation mark on a season that had for so long been extended with ellipses holding the promise of just one more game. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Hearts broke, but Louisville won't let Final Four devastation define record-setting season," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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