Comma meaning

kŏmə
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(grammar) A punctuation mark (,) used to indicate a separation of ideas or of elements within the structure of a sentence.
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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.
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A slight pause.
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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.
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A pause or separation; a caesura.
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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.
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Punctuation mark () (usually indicating a pause between parts of a sentence or between elements in a list).
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(by extension) A diacritical mark used below certain letters in Romanian.
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A European and North American butterfly, Polygonia c-album, of the family Nymphalidae.
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(music) A difference in the calculation of nearly identical intervals by different ways.
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(genetics) A delimiting marker between items in a genetic sequence.
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Origin of comma

  • Latin from Greek komma piece cut off, short clause from koptein to cut

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin comma, from Ancient Greek κόμμα (komma), from κόπτω (koptō, “I cut”)

    From Wiktionary