- 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
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|Jimmy So|July 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A comma must not be placed before and when it connects two words only.The Verbalist|Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Changed closing punctuation withperiod not comma as original text printed.
It is somewhat like the use of the comma before that following is, as treated elsewhere.Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
The curved bacilli are called “comma” bacilli, from their resemblance to the punctuation mark of that name.The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.|Edward W. Byrn
Why do they not omit the comma where the conjunction is understood?English Grammar in Familiar Lectures|Samuel Kirkham
British Dictionary definitions for comma
Word Origin for comma
Word Origin and History 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.
Culture definitions for comma
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.”