Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.

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