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full stop

Definition:

a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

full stops

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

full point | period | point | stop [Britain] | per. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Middle English stoppen, stoppien, from Old English stoppian ("to stop, close"),...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Full stop | period | dot | baseline dot

the punctuation mark placed to indicate the end of sentences. In the context of web addresses and computing in general, it's typically called a dot. Some experts call it a baseline dot, because it's a dot on the baseline, as distinct from an interpunct... (44 of 3007 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Full stop

Full stop (disambiguation)

can refer to: Full stop, a form of punctuation also known as a "period" | Full Stop (album), an album by Annabelle Chvostek | "Full Stop", a song by Frank Klepacki | A campaign by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, intended... (43 of 142 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Full stop (disambiguation)

Merriam-Webster:

period [entry 1, noun] | full stop [British, sense-specific] | conclusion [synonym, sense-specific] | sentence [synonym, sense-specific] | end [synonym, sense-specific] | goal [synonym, sense-specific] | stage [synonym, sense-specific] | stop [synonym, sense-specific] | purpose [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the completion of a cycle, a series of events, or a single action; "conclusion" | an utterance from one full stop to another; "sentence" ; a ... (25 of 485 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/period

Collins Dictionary:

full stop | full point | period [United States, Canadian, synonym]

the punctuation mark (.) used at the end of a sentence that is not a question or exclamation, after abbreviations, etc (21 of 467 words, 9 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/full-stop

Random House Dictionary:

period | full stop [sense-specific0, 11] | period of rotation [synonym, sense-specific] | period of revolution [synonym, sense-specific] | periodic [math, definition 5, sense-specific] | a periodic sentence [math, definition 5, sense-specific]

a rather large interval of time that is meaningful in the life of a person, in history, etc., because of its particular characteristics. | any ... (24 of 427 words, 23 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/period

Oxford Dictionary:

full stop [British]

a punctuation mark (.) used at the end of a sentence or an abbreviation. | [exclamation] : used to suggest that there is nothing more to say on a ... (28 of 152 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/full-stop

full stop | period [2 of the noun, sense-specific]

Syllabification: (full stop) | [British] | another term for "period" [sense-specific of the noun]. (12 of 45 words, 3 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/full-stop

Macmillan British Dictionary:

full stop [countable, British] | full stops [plural] | come to a full stop

the mark . used in writing at the end of sentences and abbreviations. The American word is period. | "come to a full stop": if a vehicle comes to a ... (29 of 72 words, 3 definitions)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/full-stop

full stop [British, spoken, adverb]

used for emphasizing that there cannot be any argument about a subject (12 of 23 words, 1 usage example)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/full-stop 5

Wiktionary:

full stop | full stops [plural] | period [North American, synonym, sense-specific] | dot [synonym, sense-specific] | point [synonym, sense-specific] | and that's final [synonym, sense-specific] | and that's that [synonym, sense-specific] | it's as simple as that [synonym, sense-specific] | end of [synonym, sense-specific]

[British, Australian, New Zealand, South African] The punctuation mark "." (indicating the end of a sentence or marking an abbreviation). | [informal] Used to emphasize the end of an important statement or point when speaking. (34 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/full stop

Cambridge Dictionary:

full stop [entry 1, British] | period [United States]

the punctuation mark (.) that is put at the end of a sentence, or at the end of a word that has been shortened (24 of 32 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/full-stop 1

full stop [entry 2, British] | period [United States]

used at the end of a sentence, usually when you are angry, to say you will not continue to discuss a subject (22 of 37 words, 1 usage example)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/full-stop 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

full stop

A period indicating the end of a sentence. | A complete halt, as one made by a motor vehicle. (18 of 21 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/full-stop

New World Dictionary:

full stop

a period (punctuation mark) (4 of 6 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/full-stop

Columbia Encyclopedia:

punctuation | exclamation point | interrogation point | question mark | brackets | colon | comma | dash | hyphen | ...

the use of special signs in writing to clarify how words are used; the term also refers to the signs themselves. In every language, besides the sounds ... (27 of 416 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0840525​.html

period

unit of time on the geologic timescale. Periods are shorter than an era and longer than an epoch. Periods are of variable length, generally lasting ... (25 of 60 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0838324​.html

period

in physics: see harmonic motion; wave. (6 of 8 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0917355​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

period [music]

in music, a unit of melodic organization made up of two balanced phrases in succession; the first phrase, called the antecedent, comes to a point of ... (26 of 156 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/451867​/period

period [geologic time]

in geology, the basic unit of the geologic time scale; during these spans of time specific systems of rocks were formed. Originally, the sequential ... (24 of 63 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/451864​/period

Encarta Dictionary:

full stop | full stops [plural] | full point [grammar, British]

Same as periodn (sense 5) | a complete halt or an end (11 of 34 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861690875​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

stop | stops [plural] | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle]

Origin: Middle English stoppen, stoppien, from Old English stoppian ("to stop, close"), from... | Middle English stoppe, from Old English stoppa ("bucket, pail, a stop"), from Proto-Germanic *stuppĂ´ ("vat,... (27 of 164 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stop

Online Etymology:

stop

Origin: Old English -stoppian (in forstoppian "to stop up, stifle"), along with Middle Low German stoppen, Old High German stopfon ... (19 of 136 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=stop

New World Dictionary:

stop | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle]

Origin: Middle English stoppen from Old English -stoppian (in comparative) from West Germanic stoppōn from Vulgar Latin *stuppare, ... (17 of 42 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stop

Collins Dictionary:

stop

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old English stoppian (unattested), as in forstoppian to plug the ear, ultimately from Late Latin stuppāre to stop with a ... (23 of 31 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stop

Oxford Dictionary:

stop | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle] | stops [3rd-person singular present] | stop knob | in | over

Origin: Old English forstoppian "block up (an aperture)", of West Germanic ... | sense-specific: with reference to the stops of an organ (20 of 30 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stop

American Heritage Dictionary:

stop | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle] | stops [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English stoppen, from Old English -stoppian, probably from Vulgar Latin *stuppāre, to caulk, from Latin ... (16 of 23 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stop

Merriam-Webster:

stop [entry 1, verb] | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English stoppen, from Old English -stoppian, from Vulgar Latin *stuppare to stop with tow, from Latin stuppa tow, from Greek styppē

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stop

Encarta Dictionary:

stop | stops [plural] | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle]

Origin: Old English -stoppian "block up", via W Germanic from late Latin stuppare "to stuff" from Latin stuppa "plug, stopper" from Greek stuppē

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715314​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

full stop | full stops [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "full stop"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/full stop

stop | stops [plural] | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stop"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stop

Macmillan British Dictionary:

full stop [countable, British] | full stops [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "full stop"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/full-stop

stop | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle] | stops [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stop"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stop

stop [countable, noun] | stops [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stop"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stop 38

Macmillan American Dictionary:

full stop [countable, British] | full stops [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "full stop"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/full-stop

stop [verb] | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle] | stops [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stop"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/stop

stop [countable, noun] | stops [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stop"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/stop 36

Cambridge Dictionary:

full stop [entry 2, British]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "full stop"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/full-stop 2

stop [entry 1] | -pp- [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "stop"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "stop"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stop 1

YourDictionary Audio:

full stop

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "full stop" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/full-stop

stop

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stop" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stop

Collins Dictionary:

stop

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stop"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stop

the Free Dictionary:

stop

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "stop"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "stop"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "stop" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/stop

Google Dictionary:

stop | stops [plural] | stopped [past tense] | stopping [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "stop"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=stop

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

stop

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stop"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=stop​0001 word=stop

freedictionary.org:

stop

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stop" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=stop

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