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punctuation

  

      n  
1    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  
2    the symbols used for this purpose  
3    the act or an instance of punctuating  


close punctuation  
      n   punctuation in which many commas, full stops, etc., are used  
   Compare       open punctuation  
open punctuation  
      n   punctuation characterized by sparing use of stops, esp. of the comma  
   Compare       close punctuation  
punctuation mark  
      n   any of the signs used in punctuation, such as a comma or question mark  
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