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full stop

period (defs 10, 11).
Origin of full stop
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Have you anything in view, dear, if we come to a full-stop here?

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • The full-stop bacillus for choice—put you sooner out of your agony.

  • "If he didn't really mean to," she began ungraciously; but Mary cut her short with what the boys called her full-stop manner.

    Quicksilver Sue Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Of course there is really no such thing as a full-stop in art any more than there is in nature.

    Since Czanne Clive Bell
  • "Yes, madame," he says with as ponderous an emphasis on the full-stop as that of any taciturn New England farmer.

    Home Fires in France Dorothy Canfield
  • We'll put that full-stop a little further on, and begin the sentence with the next capital.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • But perhaps it is to the full-stop at presents that the "that's my thunder!"

  • There is, however, one 'full-stop' in this case, probably the one which the typist was looking for.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • I had hardly any clothes with me, as I wandered with the impression that there must be a full-stop somewhere near.

    My Experiences in a Lunatic Asylum Herman Charles Merivale
  • Well, but I promise to read as slow as ever you choose, and to count four at every full-stop.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for full-stop

full stop

the punctuation mark (.) used at the end of a sentence that is not a question or exclamation, after abbreviations, etc Also called (esp US and Canadian) period
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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