question mark
Interrogation In*ter`ro*ga"tion, n. [L. interrogatio: cf. F. interrogation.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or process of interrogating or questioning; examination by questions; an instance of interrogating; inquiry. [1913 Webster]

2. A question put; an inquiry. [1913 Webster]

3. A point, mark, or sign, thus [?], indicating that the sentence with which it is connected is a question. It is used to express doubt, or to mark a query. Usually called a {question mark}; called also {interrogation point}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: In works printed in the Spanish language this mark is not only placed at the end of an interrogative sentence, but is also placed, inverted [as thus ([iques])], at the beginning. [1913 Webster]


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