|n.||1.||(Gram.) The act or art of punctuating or pointing a writing or discourse; the art or mode of dividing literary composition into sentences, and members of a sentence, by means of points, so as to elucidate the author's meaning.|
|Noun||1.||punctuation - something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions|
|2.||punctuation - the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases|
Synonyms: punctuation mark
|3.||punctuation - the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases|
PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a
written or printed instrument.
2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.