Examples from the Web for semicolon
I point out the phrase “more distinct separation,” and I suggest that the purpose of the semicolon is at least in part rhythmic.
The new material contains a semicolon; it has orders to call me if anybody gives it any trouble.
If the conjunction is omitted, a semicolon must separate the two members, as in the second selection above.Business English|Rose Buhlig
The four chief punctuation points are the comma, semicolon, colon, period.Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
When "and" joins two clauses, the preceding point may be the comma, the semicolon, or even the full stop."Stops"|Paul Allardyce
A semicolon might be used, if a semicolon were not used within the second independent element.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Here I find the comma and period, and also the note of interrogation, but not the colon or semicolon.
British Dictionary definitions for semicolon
Culture definitions for semicolon
A punctuation mark (;) used to join two independent clauses in a sentence. The semicolon shows that the ideas in the two clauses are related: “Jack really didn't mind being left without a car; he had the house to himself.”