- a fragment or smaller section of a colon.
- the part of dactylic hexameter beginning or ending with the caesura.
- the caesura itself.
Origin of comma
Examples from the Web for comma
Contemporary Examples of comma
Power is the subject, and the execution is precise—even if this book will make you miss the comma terribly.Nicholson Baker, Katie Kitamura, and This Week’s Hot Reads: July 30, 2012
July 30, 2012
Historical Examples of comma
We have to insert its thin edge at a comma, or else keep still.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Both a comma and a colon were used and have been retained in this e-book.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Only the first word should be capitalized and a comma is placed at the end.How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)
Mary Owens Crowther
The older form of writing an address was to end each line with a comma.The Etiquette of To-day
Edith B. Ordway
A restrictive clause is not separated by a comma from the noun.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Word Origin for comma
1520s as a Latin word, nativized by 1590s, from Latin comma "short phrase," from Greek komma "clause in a sentence," literally "piece which is cut off," from koptein "to cut off," from PIE root *kop- "to beat, strike" (see hatchet (n.)). Like colon (n.1) and period, originally a Greek rhetorical term for a part of a sentence, and like them it has been transferred to the punctuation mark that identifies it.
A punctuation mark (,) used to indicate pauses and to separate elements within a sentence. “The forest abounds with oak, elm, and beech trees”; “The bassoon player was born in Roanoke, Virginia, on December 29, 1957.”