It punctuates a joke, or puts that extra zing on a punch line.
The yellow ticking clock that punctuates every episode of 24 is simultaneously bombastic, methodical, menacing, and relentless.
She has smiling blue eyes behind square gray glasses and a ladylike grin that punctuates most of her encounters.
Prebble punctuates the story with outlandish puppetry and other unexpected imagery, as well a kind of English music-hall levity.
It punctuates and sets off the sense, and relieves our attention from the strain of suspended interest.
She punctuates her animated conversation with the manager with smiles and nods.
He punctuates by an obdurate and conscientious method, and will have no italics upon any pretext.
Such is the way of the buzzard—that shifting black question mark which punctuates a Southern sky.
The ministry of meal-time is twice blest: for prisoners and men without appetite it punctuates and makes time of eternity.
Turnbull misses the rhythmical play in the first and second 'though,' and punctuates the second so as to read with next line.
1630s, "to point out," from Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare, from Latin punctus (see point (n.)). Meaning in reference to text, "to have pauses or stops indicated," is from 1818, probably a back-formation from punctuation. Hence, "interrupted at intervals" (1833). Related: Punctuated; punctuating.