• WordNet 3.6
    • v punctuate insert punctuation marks into
    • v punctuate interrupt periodically "Her sharp questions punctuated the speaker's drone"
    • v punctuate to stress, single out as important "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was no punctuation until the 15th century
    • v. t Punctuate To mark with points; to separate into sentences, clauses, etc., by points or stops which mark the proper pauses in expressing the meaning.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Chinese language does not require punctuation.
    • punctuate In writing and printing, to mark with points in some significant manner; specifically, to divide into sentences and parts of sentences by the conventional signs called points or marks of punctuation: as, to punctuate one's letters carefully. See punctuation.
    • punctuate Figuratively, to emphasize by some significant or forcible action; enforce the important parts or points of in some special manner: as, to punctuate one's remarks by gestures.
    • punctuate In entomology, same as punctured.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Punctuate pungk′tū-āt to mark with points: to divide sentences by the usual points or marks: to emphasise
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  • George F. Will
    “Football combines the two worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. ponctuer,. See Punctual


In literature:

Sounds, too, now dull and heavy, and again ringing and metallic, seemed to punctuate the roar of the advancing host.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
The writer whose spelling and punctuation do not take care of themselves will hardly make a success of writing.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
In the punctuation some slight alterations have been made, where the sense or uniformity materially required it.
"The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1" by William Painter
Now, like a good fellow, pick out some good things, and read them slowly, for perhaps I may require to punctuate them.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
Punctuated by the boy's sobs it went on.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Yells and a shot, punctuated by screeches from Joe Shafto, awakened all hands in the gray of the early morning.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods" by Jessie Graham Flower
The printers were not compelled to decipher the peculiarities of anyone's handwriting; Stowe's copy was printed and punctuated.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
True it was punctuated and ribbed with stunted kopjes.
"On the Heels of De Wet" by The Intelligence Officer
Punctuation marks are designed to draw attention to what already exists, and they have no inherent power to create interest.
"Short Story Writing" by Charles Raymond Barrett
Every printing establishment of any note has its methods and customs as regards orthography, the use of capitals and of punctuation.
"Up To Date Business" by Various

In poetry:

There the comets, vast and streaming,
Punctuate the heavens' gleaming
Scroll; and suns, gigantic, shine,
Periods to each starry line.
"Processional" by Madison Julius Cawein
Five minutes before the bell punctuates
Visiting time, his friend opens an alarm-clock eye.
The visitor checks his watch.
Market day. The Duck and Pheasant will be still open.
"Ten Types of Hospital Visitor" by Charles Causley
From the depth of darkness punctuated by scattered stars
came a rebuke: "when I let you grasp me you call it an deception,
and yet when I remain concealed,
why do you hold on to your faith in me with such conviction?"
"Ungrateful Sorrow" by Rabindranath Tagore

In news:

Is This the Future of Punctuation .
11 Secret Meanings Behind Punctuation in Text Messages.
New Album is a Personal ' Punctuation Mark '.
Punctuation Mark Gets Grilling At Martha Stewart Trial.
What Punctuation Marks Sound Like.
The team will do three cycles of these two week schedules, punctuated by a test effort race at the end of each cycle.
In dialogue, treat question marks the same way you treat other punctuation marks.
I would be given a grand award for spelling and punctuation.
Police are looking for a woman who punctuated an argument with her boyfriend by stabbing him in the back with a steak knife Tuesday morning.
Published Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012, at 12:12 p.m. Police are looking for a woman who punctuated an argument with her boyfriend by stabbing him in the back with a steak knife Tuesday morning.
Wisconsin skies are punctuated each fall with more than a dozen species of migrating ducks.
The body of slain City Councilman James E Davis is to lie in state at City Hall on Monday, punctuating a series of memorial events in Brooklyn.
This year it's taking place behind closed doors, without the typical performances by orchestra musicians to punctuate the proceedings.
The punctuation-happy pop juggernaut has postponed their Portland show for the second time in a row, apparently forgetting that "We Are Young" isn't the kind of sentiment that lasts forever.
His argument was punctuated with big eyes and sad, pursed lips.

In science:

It is reasonable to expect that the next decade of astrophysical gamma-ray observations will be punctuated with surprising discoveries.
Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology: Cosmic Laboratories for New Physics (Summary of the Snowmass 2001 P4 Working Group)
We can additionally observe that these bands are punctuated by narrow zones in which CDT occurs.
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures
The narrower structure studied in (Fig. 67a) allows finer detail to be shown, and to resolve the punctuated regions of the bands in which CDT occurs and in which the system remains localized in its initial state.
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures
They also drew attention to the close relation of these observations with the concept of “punctuated equilibrium” introduced many years ago, by Gould and Eldredge [100, 101] in the context of extinction of species [102].
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
Zia, Punctuated equilibria and 1/f noise in a biological coevolution model with individual-based dynamics, Phys.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?