• WordNet 3.6
    • adj punctual acting or arriving or performed exactly at the time appointed "she expected guests to be punctual at meals","he is not a particularly punctual person","punctual payment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Punctual Appearing or done at, or adhering exactly to, a regular or an appointed time; precise; prompt; as, a punctual man; a punctual payment. "The race of the undeviating and punctual sun.""These sharp strokes [of a pendulum], with their inexorably steady intersections, so agree with our successive thoughts that they seem like the punctual stops counting off our very souls into the past."
    • Punctual Consisting in a point; limited to a point; unextended. "This punctual spot.""The theory of the punctual existence of the soul."
    • Punctual Observant of nice points; punctilious; precise. "Punctual to tediousness in all that he relates.""So much on punctual niceties they stand."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • punctual Consisting of a point; being a point.
    • punctual Exact; precise; nice.
    • punctual Exact or prompt in action or in the observance of time, the keeping of appointments, engagements, etc.
    • punctual Prompt; at the exact or stipulated time: as, punctual payment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Punctual pungk′tū-al of or pertaining to a point: observant of nice points: punctilious: exact in keeping time and appointments: done at the exact time
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  • John F. Boyes
    John F. Boyes
    “Strict punctuality is perhaps the cheapest virtue which can give force to an otherwise utterly insignificant character.”
  • Richard Cecil
    Richard Cecil
    “If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality, I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.”
  • Thomas C. Haliburton
    Thomas C. Haliburton
    “Punctuality is the soul of business.”
  • Franklin P. Jones
    “The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.”
  • Louis XVIII
    Louis XVIII
    “Punctuality is the politeness of kings.”
  • Don Marquis
    “Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ponctuel,cf. Sp. puntual, It. puntuale,), from L. punctum, point. See Point
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ponctuelpunctum, a point.


In literature:

The Banner was a class trophy of regularity and punctuality.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Being punctual is a most important thing.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Insist upon systematic arrangement of the week's work, and punctuality in carrying out its details.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Lady Nottingham purred approval over the girls on their punctual return, before any of her guests had arrived.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
With a soldier's punctuality he appeared before his chief.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
When four o'clock came Mr. Jerningham with praiseworthy punctuality took his hat and departed.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
They were all punctual to-day, Ailie having the key of the door.
"What She Could" by Susan Warner
Sir Walter Scott, in lending a book one day to a friend, cautioned him to be punctual in returning it.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
As usual Franklin kept a diary punctually during his long voyage.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Father has always put it to my credit at the bank punctually on the first of the month.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
The only fear was lest the heiress should not be punctual to tryst.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Clotilde thinks of it for me, and she's that punctual!
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
Legibility is the politeness of men of letters, as punctuality of kings and beggars.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He did not appear punctually on parade, and sometimes he would remain away altogether, even when it was his week to be on duty.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Why were not they more punctual?
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Will you never teach that cook of yours to be punctual?
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
My dear husband is so excessively punctual in all that concerns the service.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
Punctually at twelve the Earl was announced.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
I know how punctual you are in paying debts, and have before now given the same security for you on more than one occasion.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
He was one of the most punctual and precise men you ever met.
"The Peddler's Boy" by Francis C. Woodworth

In poetry:

The days return, the seasons turn,
And punctual with the morn
I bring my offering, and I burn
What life from life has torn.
"The Offering" by Annie Adams Fields
The little fairies in thy train
Punctually their parts sustain,
Now they linger in the rear,
A secret scarcely breath'd to hear.
"Queen Mab And Her Fats" by Charlotte Dacre
The signs are past, which Christ of old
So very punctually foretold,
Only that some among the Jews
The holy Gospel still refuse.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard
The punctual tide draws up the bay,
With ripple of wave and hiss of spray,
And the great red flower of the light-house tower
Blooms on the headland far away.
"On The Shore" by Susan Coolidge
All night the thirsty beach has listening lain,
With patience dumb,
Counting the slow, sad moments of her pain;
Now morn has come,
And with the morn the punctual tide again.
"Flood-Tide" by Susan Coolidge
Shall I less patience have than Thou, who know
That Thou revisit'st all who wait for thee,
Nor only fill'st the unsounded deeps below,
But dost refresh with punctual overflow
The rifts where unregarded mosses be?
"Seaweed" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

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Punk veteran Mike Watt gets punctual with 'Hyphenated-Man' and its resulting whirlwind tour.
(AP) — A Minnesota woman credits her survival of a 20-hour ordeal outside after a tumble to her faithful dog and a punctual mail carrier.
Spend a day working for Wayne Barrett, and you'll get a taste of his great loves in life: punctuality, precision, Google Documents, and the word "fuck.".
Alice Cooper proves punctual , intriguing.
Airline executives say more reliable baggage handling is just as important as improved punctuality .
The city has also provided invitation cards carrying the message "We're echoing the city's punctuality campaign, and the banquet will start on time.".
He added that he hopes punctuality will become a part of people's everyday life, and not just at weddings.
NEW YORK – US airlines are more punctual and less likely to lose your bag than at any time in more than two decades.
Bluffton mom shares tips on punctuality .
Dohn Community High School to Pay Students for Punctuality and Attendance.
Company Violated ADA by Sticking to Punctuality Policy.
The French, while not Swiss in their precision, are considerably more punctual than socially overwhelmed New Yorkers.
Alice Cooper proves punctual, intriguing .

In science:

Such closed subschemes are called the punctual parabolic Hilbert schemes.
The geometry of the parabolic Hilbert schemes
We see the structure of the punctual parabolic Hilbert schemes.
The geometry of the parabolic Hilbert schemes
We consider the punctual parabolic Hilbert scheme X [v ] p which is the moduli of the parabolic ideals (I , G∗ ) such that the union of the supports of the torsion sheaves O/I and Kα (α 6= 0) is the set {O}.
The geometry of the parabolic Hilbert schemes
The general case. (i) If v = ne0 + eα , then X [v ] is isomorphic to the punctual nested Hilbert scheme.
The geometry of the parabolic Hilbert schemes
The fibers are the punctual Hilbert scheme and the punctual parabolic Hilbert scheme respectively.
The geometry of the parabolic Hilbert schemes
Strømme, An intersection number for the punctual Hilbert scheme of a surface, Trans.
The geometry of the parabolic Hilbert schemes
We know therefore that for any function f in L∞ (µ), there is a sequence of compactly supported continuous functions gk that converges punctually to f and such that |gk |∞ ≤ |f |∞ . A simple application of Lebesgue dominated convergence theorem shows that for any function h in L1 (µ), R gk h dµ →k→∞ R f h dµ.
Functional Multi-Layer Perceptron: a Nonlinear Tool for Functional Data Analysis
Indeed, wl is continuous on w for each x, the function Fl (w ′ l , .) g (.) converges punctually to Fl (wl , .) g (.) when w ′ l converges to wl .
Functional Multi-Layer Perceptron: a Nonlinear Tool for Functional Data Analysis
To define the local factors ε(M |Sx , ω), we consider a localizing triangle, cf. (; hence, by linearity, we are reduced to defining the epsilon factors for punctual modules and for free differential modules on the Robba ring with Frobenius structure.
Product formula for p-adic epsilon factors
R-module, and the kernel and cokernel of the canonical homomorphism α : M → M(0) are punctual D † -modules.
Product formula for p-adic epsilon factors
On the other hand, if M is of punctual type such that M = V ⊗K δ where V is a K -vector space with Frobenius structure, we get that Φ(M) ∼= VK ur .
Product formula for p-adic epsilon factors
Since the product formula (PF) is immediate for punctual arithmetic D -modules, the two statements (PF*) and (PF) are equivalent by d´evissage. (ii) By definition, the global factor ε(C ) appearing in (PF) and (PF*) does not change if we replace the Frobenius ϕC of C by its smallest linear power ϕa C .
Product formula for p-adic epsilon factors
Pfister and Steenbrink studied Punctual Hilbert schemes for irreducible curve singularities.
Punctual Hilbert schemes for irreducible curve singularities of $E_6$ and $E_8$ types
It is also shown that, unlike for MITL, the characterisation remains the same even if no punctual constraints are allowed.
Weak Alternating Timed Automata
The case of MITL makes it natural to ask what happens to alternating timed automata when we disallow punctual constraints.
Weak Alternating Timed Automata