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semicolon

[sem-i-koh-luh n] /ˈsɛm ɪˌkoʊ lən/
noun
1.
the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a major division in a sentence where a more distinct separation is felt between clauses or items on a list than is indicated by a comma, as between the two clauses of a compound sentence.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; semi- + colon1
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Examples from the web for semicolon
  • Those whose books were not so good would throw a hissy fit if you pointed out a misused semicolon.
  • By their commas ye shall know them, and by their usage of the semicolon and the subordinate clause.
  • In the rare case when the use of the phrase cannot be avoided, it should be preceded by a semicolon.
  • The semicolon links two closely related thoughts and emphasizes that relationship.
  • Do not use a semicolon after a question mark or exclamation point.
  • The two independent clauses, that follow the first sentence of each paragraph, are separated by a semicolon.
  • The dash, semicolon, question mark and exclamation point go within quotation marks when they apply to the quoted matter only.
  • Note the required semicolon separating the two transformation values.
British Dictionary definitions for semicolon

semicolon

/ˌsɛmɪˈkəʊlən/
noun
1.
the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a pause intermediate in value or length between that of a comma and that of a full stop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for semicolon
n.

punctuation-mark, 1640s, a hybrid coined from Latin-derived semi- + Greek-based colon (n.1). The mark itself was in Greek the point of interrogation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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semicolon in Culture

semicolon definition


A punctuation mark (;) used to join two independent clauses in a sentence. The semicolon shows that the ideas in the two clauses are related: “Jack really didn't mind being left without a car; he had the house to himself.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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semicolon in Technology


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Common: ITU-T: semicolon; semi. Rare: weenie; INTERCAL: hybrid, pit-thwong.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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