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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} {{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} In punctuation, the full stop (in British English) or period (in American English) is a punctuation mark placed at the end of a sentence. The full stop glyph is sometimes called a baseline dot because, typographically, it is a dot on the baseline. This term distinguishes the baseline dot from the interpunct (a raised dot).<ref name=Williamson>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

The full stop glyph is also used for other purposes. It is often used at the end of an initial letter used to stand for a name, and is sometimes used at the end of individual letters in an initialism (for example, "U.S.A."; see Acronym#Punctuation). It also has multiple contexts in mathematics and computing, where it may be called dot or point (short for decimal point).<ref name=Williamson/>


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Intro   History    Usage    Punctuation styles when quoting    Full stops in other scripts    Encodings    See also   References  

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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} {{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} In punctuation, the full stop (in British English) or period (in American English) is a punctuation mark placed at the end of a sentence. The full stop glyph is sometimes called a baseline dot because, typographically, it is a dot on the baseline. This term distinguishes the baseline dot from the interpunct (a raised dot).<ref name=Williamson>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

The full stop glyph is also used for other purposes. It is often used at the end of an initial letter used to stand for a name, and is sometimes used at the end of individual letters in an initialism (for example, "U.S.A."; see Acronym#Punctuation). It also has multiple contexts in mathematics and computing, where it may be called dot or point (short for decimal point).<ref name=Williamson/>


Full stop sections
Intro   History    Usage    Punctuation styles when quoting    Full stops in other scripts    Encodings    See also   References  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: History
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