semicolon
noun Date: 1644 a punctuation mark; used chiefly in a coordinating function between major sentence elements (as independent clauses of a compound sentence)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • semicolon — The semicolon is the least confidently used of the regular punctuation marks in ordinary writing, and the one least in evidence to anyone riffling through the pages of a modern novel. But it is extremely useful, used in moderation. Its main role… …   Modern English usage

  • Semicolon — Sem i*co lon, n. The punctuation mark [;] indicating a separation between parts or members of a sentence more distinct than that marked by a comma. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • semicolon — SEMICOLÓN s. v. punct şi virgulă. Trimis de siveco, 05.08.2004. Sursa: Sinonime …   Dicționar Român

  • semicolon — 1640s, a hybrid coined from L. semi (see SEMI (Cf. semi )) + Gk. kolon limb, part (see COLON (Cf. colon) (1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • semicolon — ► NOUN ▪ a punctuation mark (;) indicating a more pronounced pause than that indicated by a comma …   English terms dictionary

  • semicolon — [sem′i kō΄lən] n. a mark of punctuation (;) indicating a degree of separation greater than that marked by the comma and less than that marked by the period: used chiefly to separate units that contain elements separated by commas, and to separate …   English World dictionary

  • Semicolon — A semicolon ( ; ) is a conventional punctuation mark with several usages. The Italian printer Aldus Manutius the Elder established the practice of using the semicolon mark to separate words of opposed meaning, and to indicate interdependent… …   Wikipedia

  • semicolon — n. to place, put in a semicolon * * * [ˌsemɪ kəʊlən] put in a semicolon to place …   Combinatory dictionary

  • semicolon —  The semicolon is heavier than the comma but lighter than the period. Its principal function is to divide contact clauses that is, two ideas that are linked by sense but that lack a conjunction. For instance, You take the high road; I’ll take the …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • semicolon —    The semicolon is heavier than the comma but lighter than the period. Its principal function is to divide contact clauses that is, two ideas that are linked by sense but that lack a conjunction. For instance, You take the high road; I ll take… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • semicolon — UK [ˌsemɪˈkəʊlɒn] / US [ˌsemɪˈkoʊlən] noun [countable] Word forms semicolon : singular semicolon plural semicolons a punctuation mark (;) that is used to separate words in a list, or two parts of a sentence that can be understood separately …   English dictionary

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