- the use of symbols not belonging to the alphabet of a writing system to indicate aspects of the intonation and meaning not otherwise conveyed in the written language
- the symbols used for this purpose
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- the practice or system of using certain marks or characters in writing or printing in order to separate the elements of sentences and make the meaning clear:a lesson on correct punctuation, such as ending a sentence with a period and a question with a question mark.
- punctuation marks, thought of as a group:Use punctuation to signal the connections between and among your sentences.
- the practice or system of using certain conventional marks or characters in writing or printing in order to separate elements and make the meaning clear, as in ending a sentence or separating clauses.
- the act of punctuating.
- punctuation marks.
- Medieval Latin pūnctuātiōn- (stem of pūnctuātiō) a marking, pointing. See punctuate, -ion