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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  • In his capacity as evaluator pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Faught was instructing a pilot proficiency exercise and after having supervised four uneventful touch-and-go landings, was making the final approach for a full stop landing.

    Strategic Air Command: People Aircraft and Missiles 2nd Edition

  • Kohokumu fetched a full stop and held my eyes with his own shrewd ones.


  • The ride was shorter than she expected, and she jumped off before the bus came to a full stop on Gizri Lane, just across from the market where she used to meander through the mishmash of stalls with Saira and Maleeha after school.

    Beneath My Mother’s Feet

  • As the procession came to a full stop outside George’s room, Uncle William’s door opened, and a pink and military figure in a dragon-infested dressing-gown appeared upon the threshold.

    Police at the Funeral


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  • A period or other sentence-ending punctuation mark.

    January 22, 2008