Definition of full stop in English:

full stop

noun

British
  • 1A punctuation mark (.) used at the end of a sentence or an abbreviation.

    • ‘We have to teach them to answer the test correctly on Shakespeare's use of full stops and paragraphs.’
    • ‘The voice is the despair of typists and stenographers: there seems nothing to cling to, no pauses, no paragraphing, no full stops.’
    • ‘When he speaks it is well nigh impossible to keep track of what he is saying; the pauses are not commas, they are full stops.’
    • ‘It was also virtually unreadable because, apart from full stops, he used no punctuation.’
    • ‘From my previous experience when one sends a bill to a select committee that is full of lawyers, they spend large amounts of time debating technically where the commas and the full stops are.’
    • ‘Doug, don't worry about whether the grammar is right or whether the full stops are in the right place.’
    • ‘It is a bit of a pity, when we have just rewritten the tax legislation at great expense and in a process that took some years, to put in those two provisions without any full stops in them.’
    • ‘I'm rather fond of my three full stops (not really a proper ellipsis), so I don't really want to remove them.’
    • ‘The writer uses no commas or full stops, and many of the words are misspelt.’
    • ‘Or, as I have done, phoned up someone, got their voice mail and started putting commas and full stops into my message because I forgot I wasn't dictating.’
    • ‘But I don't understand why they'd choose to randomly drop full stops out of the text.’
    • ‘There don't seem to be any spaces after full stops and all the abbreviations make my brain hurt.’
    • ‘An abbreviation is any contraction of a word or phrase, but it's applied particularly to contractions such as eg (here I follow common British practice in leaving out the full stops and spaces; you may prefer e.g.).’
    • ‘Apart from his scattershot approach to consistency in terms of brackets and quotation marks, his random deployment of dashes, commas, full stops and (since he spotted me using them in the final text) semicolons, is a wonder to behold.’
    • ‘And often people could no longer be bothered to put full stops at the end of sentences.’
    • ‘You might have guessed the format by now - four sets of numbers with values between 0 and 255, separated by periods (or full stops, or dots).’
    • ‘The funniest thing is that CityRail disembodied voice announcement man sounds like he's inserting at least five full stops into a sentence that should rightfully only have one.’
    • ‘You make punctuation mistakes on a regular basis, particularly by using commas when semi-colons or full stops are required.’
    • ‘Should full stops be inside or outside of bracketed statements?’
    • ‘You can get away with commas and full stops alone if all you are concerned with is simplicity and minimal sense, but if you have an ear for the music of prose, you will desire more subtlety in your ‘stopping’.’
    1. 1.1[as exclamation] Used to suggest that there is nothing more to say on a topic:
      ‘women are just generally better people full stop’
      • ‘You're right that I can't read Harry as anything other than damaged goods: I can't read him in the books, full stop, he doesn't make sense to me.’
      • ‘The smoking issue is about personal choice: full stop.’
      • ‘A qualified firefighter, who at the end of this will no doubt have to settle for far less than 40 per cent, would only be on a salary of £30,000 full stop.’
      • ‘And in saying that, I believe the endgame is to privatise the whole of the benefits system, full stop!’
      • ‘Crude monetarism still rules; if it makes money it works, if it doesn't it's wrong, full stop, and you don't have to listen to any other viewpoint because, well, they don't have any money do they?’
      • ‘The beach will not, cannot, and will never be sold to a bunch of foreigners - full stop!’
      • ‘He was prescribed medication by his doctor but he didn't like the side effects it had and didn't like taking them full stop.’
      • ‘He said when Mr Howard was home secretary in 1996, he had put forward and passed through parliament an act that withdrew benefits from asylum seekers full stop, but that was overturned by the courts.’
      • ‘Erm, no Mother, I've been buying odds and ends there for 12 years now, no-one gets a discount, ever, full stop, and it's not as if I hadn't already told you that!’
      • ‘In fact, even if you think his ideas are lousy full stop, his behaviour is lousy, his friends, clothes and the way he deals with the kids are lousy, you must never say so.’
      • ‘As well as hating smoking full stop, I hate anyone smoking in public places purely because the cigarette smoke always affects us non-smokers too.’
      • ‘I am very sure that we should say that he should resign full stop.’
      • ‘Heck, I don't like doing exams on any day, full stop!’
      • ‘‘We're not getting it right, full stop,’ he laughs, when I suggest he run down a list of the positives in new Scottish public space.’
      • ‘A quotation on the cover calls its author ‘the best historian, full stop, of that hallucinatory decade when politics imitated celluloid’.’
      • ‘On the question of votes to prisoners, he said: ‘We believe that citizens are citizens, full stop.’’
      • ‘Since politics is all about the organisation of society, to be ‘socially’ liberal is to be liberal - full stop.’
      • ‘I think I might even go beyond this - he has the most fantastic ear for dialogue full stop, which is why he has so many imitators, although none of them quite get the bark and bite of his words so well.’
    2. 1.2 A complete cessation:
      ‘her life had simply come to a full stop’
      • ‘His career will come to a full stop at the end of next year.’
      stalemate, impasse, checkmate, stand-off
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Pronunciation:

full stop

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