Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
- Indicate, by three spaced points, omission of words or sentences within quoted matter: Equipped by education to rule in the nineteenth century, … he lived and reigned in Russia in the twentieth century.—Robert K. Massie
- Indicate, by four spaced points, omission of words at the end of a sentence: The timidity of bureaucrats when it comes to dealing with … abuses is easy to explain. …—New York
- Indicate, when extended the length of a line, omission of one or more lines of poetry:
Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean—roll!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Man marks the earth with ruin—his control
Stops with the shore.—Lord Byron
- Are sometimes used as a device, as for example, in advertising copy:
To help you Move and Grow
with the Rigors of
Business in the 1980s …
and Beyond.—Journal of Business Strategy
See also: The Dash and the Hyphen and the Ellipsis.