Meaning of punctuation

punc•tu•a•tion

Pronunciation: (pungk"ch-ā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the practice or system of using certain conventional marks or characters in writing or printing in order to separate elements and make the meaning clear, as in ending a sentence or separating clauses.
  2. the act of punctuating.
  3. punctuation marks.
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