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exclamation point

noun
1.
the sign (!) used in writing after an exclamation.
2.
this mark sometimes used in writing two or more times in succession to indicate intensity of emotion, loudness, etc.:
Long live the Queen!!
3.
this mark sometimes used without accompanying words in writing direct discourse to indicate a speaker's dumbfounded astonishment:
“His wife just gave birth to quintuplets.”(!)
Also called exclamation mark.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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Examples from the web for exclamation point
  • The dash, semicolon, question mark and exclamation point go within quotation marks when they apply to the quoted matter only.
  • If they have something important to share, it'll be a red exclamation point.
  • When media is offline, you get a red screen with an exclamation point.
  • With its reply brief, applicant has submitted an amended drawing which includes the exclamation point.
  • Another character with special meaning is the exclamation point, which introduces a comment.
  • What a wonderful exclamation point for this great career.
  • The exclamation point goes within the quotation marks when it applies to the quoted matter only.
  • Use only one space after an exclamation point at the end of a sentence executive.
British Dictionary definitions for exclamation point

exclamation mark

noun
1.
the punctuation mark ! used after exclamations and vehement commands
2.
this mark used for any other purpose, as to draw attention to an obvious mistake, in road warning signs, (in chess commentaries) beside the notation of a move considered a good one, (in mathematics) as a symbol of the factorial function, or (in logic) occurring with an existential quantifier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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exclamation point in Culture

exclamation point definition


A punctuation mark (!) used after an abrupt and emphatic statement or after a command: “‘Help!’ he cried, as his boat floated toward the edge of Niagara Falls.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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exclamation point in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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