question mark

noun
1.
Also called interrogation point, interrogation mark. a mark indicating a question: usually, as in English, the mark (?) placed after a question.
2.
something unanswered or unknown: His identity is still a question mark to most of us.
3.
an anglewing butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis, having silver spots shaped like a question mark on the underside of each hind wing.

Origin:
1865–70

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question mark
 
n
1.  the punctuation mark ?, used at the end of questions and in other contexts where doubt or ignorance is implied
2.  this mark used for any other purpose, as to draw attention to a possible mistake, as in a chess commentary
3.  an element of doubt or uncertainty

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question mark definition


A punctuation mark (?) that follows a direct question: “Is Ralph really seven feet tall?”

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question mark definition

character
"?", ASCII character 63.
Common names: query; ITU-T: question mark; ques. Rare: whatmark; INTERCAL: what; wildchar; huh; hook; buttonhook; hunchback.
Question mark is used, along with colon for C's lazy triadic "if" operator (similar to the IIF function in Visual Basic). The expression x?y:z evaluates x, then if x is true it returns y else it returns z.
In Unix shell file name patterns, question mark matches any single character.
(2003-06-17)
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Example sentences
He said the question mark after the headline figured in his decision.
It's a cardboard box with a question mark printed on it.
The contents appear as pages with a question mark on them.
The dash, semicolon, question mark and exclamation point go within quotation
  marks when they apply to the quoted matter only.
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