Definition of full stop in US English:

full stop


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

    • ‘It was also virtually unreadable because, apart from full stops, he used no punctuation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘The voice is the despair of typists and stenographers: there seems nothing to cling to, no pauses, no paragraphing, no full stops.’
    • ‘You make punctuation mistakes on a regular basis, particularly by using commas when semi-colons or full stops are required.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Should full stops be inside or outside of bracketed statements?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I don't understand why they'd choose to randomly drop full stops out of the text.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘And often people could no longer be bothered to put full stops at the end of sentences.’
    • ‘Doug, don't worry about whether the grammar is right or whether the full stops are in the right place.’
    • ‘There don't seem to be any spaces after full stops and all the abbreviations make my brain hurt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The writer uses no commas or full stops, and many of the words are misspelt.’
    • ‘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.).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have to teach them to answer the test correctly on Shakespeare's use of full stops and paragraphs.’
    • ‘I'm rather fond of my three full stops (not really a proper ellipsis), so I don't really want to remove them.’
    full point, point
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full stop

/ˈˌfo͝ol ˈstäp//ˈˌfʊl ˈstɑp/