from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A period indicating the end of a sentence.
  • n. A complete halt, as one made by a motor vehicle.

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  • n. The punctuation mark “.” (indicating the end of a sentence or marking an abbreviation).
  • interj. Used to emphasize the end of an important statement or point when speaking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations


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  • A period or other sentence-ending punctuation mark.

    January 22, 2008