semicolon

[sem-i-koh-luhn]
noun
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:
1635–45; semi- + colon1

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semicolon (ˌsɛmɪˈkəʊlən)
 
n
the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a pause intermediate in value or length between that of a comma and that of a full stop

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semicolon
1644, a hybrid coined from L. semi- (see semi-) + Gk. kolon "limb, part" (see colon (1)).
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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.”

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semicolon definition


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

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Example sentences
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.
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