Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Punctate; dotted; finely pitted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pointed; ending in a point or points.
  • adjective (Nat. Hist.) Dotted with small spots of color, or with minute depressions or pits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective pointed; ending in a point or points
  • adjective biology dotted with small spots of colour, or with minute depressions or pits

Etymologies

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From Latin punctum ("point"). See point and punctuate.

Examples

  • And so has John McCain. [as punctated by CNN transcribers]

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  • I told Gayle that using her research to impugn Ives's character was like using Gould's theory of punctated equilibrium an argument for creationism.

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  • P.O. Dolphin's Barn: the transliterated name and address of the addresser of the 3 letters in reversed alphabetic boustrophedonic punctated quadrilinear cryptogram (vowels suppressed) N. IGS.

    Ulysses

  • The mood across the way shifts to Spanish with the Drake Building from 1929, which includes an almost comically opulent corner tower - and then shifts again at the neighboring Carlos Club, an art moderne box with an aqua-green glass wall punctated by two enormous porthole windows, catching the eye of passing drivers with an effusive stroke of neon.

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  • After 6 h exposure the junctions of many of the Caco-2 cells were disrupted either focally or completely, and the ZO-1 staining was punctated on the junctions.

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  • P.O. Dolphin’s Barn: the transliterated name and address of the addresser of the 3 letters in reversed alphabetic boustrophedonic punctated quadrilinear cryptogram (vowels suppressed) N. IGS.

    Ulysses

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