- a mark of punctuation (,) used to indicate a slight separation of sentence elements, as in setting off nonrestrictive or parenthetical elements, items in a series, etc.
- a slight pause
Origin of commaClassical Latin from Classical Greek komma, clause in a sentence, that which is cut off from koptein, to cut off from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kep-, to cut, split from source capon, shaft
- Grammar A punctuation mark (&thin;,&thin;) used to indicate a separation of ideas or of elements within the structure of a sentence.
- A pause or separation; a caesura.
- Any of several nymphalid butterflies of the genus Polygonia having wings with irregularly notched edges and a small comma-shaped marking on the underside of the hind wing.
Origin of commaLatin from Greek komma piece cut off, short clause from koptein to cut
(plural commas or commata)
- Punctuation mark () (usually indicating a pause between parts of a sentence or between elements in a list).
- (by extension) A diacritical mark used below certain letters in Romanian.
- A European and North American butterfly, Polygonia c-album, of the family Nymphalidae.
- (music) a difference in the calculation of nearly identical intervals by different ways.
- (genetics) A delimiting marker between items in a genetic sequence.
From Latin comma, from Ancient Greek κόμμα (komma), from κόπτω (koptō, “I cut”)
comma - Computer Definition
In programming, the comma (,) is used to separate values in a function call. For example, in the C statement printf ("The result is %s\n", amount); the comma separates the display string from the name of the variable.