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punctuation

 
Noun punctuation has 3 senses
  1. punctuation - something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
    --1 is a kind of
    interruption, break
  2. punctuation, punctuation mark - the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
    --2 is a kind of mark
    --2 is a part of orthography, writing system
    --2 has particulars:
     ampersand; angle bracket, bracket; apostrophe; brace; bracket, square bracket; colon; comma; exclamation mark, exclamation point; hyphen, dash; parenthesis; period, point, full stop, stop, full point; question mark, interrogation point; quotation mark, quote, inverted comma; semicolon; solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, stroke, separatrix; swung dash
    Derived form: verb punctuate1
  3. punctuation - the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases
    --3 is a kind of
    grouping
    --3 is a member of orthography, writing system
    --3 has particulars: hyphenation
    Derived form: verb punctuate1
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