from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To provide (a text) with punctuation marks.
- transitive v. To interrupt periodically: "lectures punctuated by questions and discussions” ( Gilbert Highet). "[There is] a great emptiness in America's West punctuated by Air Force bases” ( Alfred Kazin).
- transitive v. To stress or emphasize.
- intransitive v. To use punctuation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to add punctuation to
- v. to add or to interrupt at regular intervals
- v. to emphasize, to stress
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To mark with points; to separate into sentences, clauses, etc., by points or stops which mark the proper pauses in expressing the meaning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In writing and printing, to mark with points in some significant manner; specifically, to divide into sentences and parts of sentences by the conventional signs called points or marks of punctuation: as, to punctuate one's letters carefully. See punctuation.
- Figuratively, to emphasize by some significant or forcible action; enforce the important parts or points of in some special manner: as, to punctuate one's remarks by gestures.
- In entomology, same as punctured.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. interrupt periodically
- v. insert punctuation marks into
- v. to stress, single out as important
Medieval Latin pūnctuāre, pūnctuāt-, from Latin pūnctum, point, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin punctuare ("to mark with points"), from Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō ("I prick, punch"); see point, and compare punch and punctate. (Wiktionary)