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Full stop

A full stop or period, also called a full point, is the punctuation mark commonly placed at the end of several different types of sentences in English and several other languages. A period consists of a small dot placed at the bottom of a line of text, thus: "."

It is also used after abbreviations, such as Mr., Dr., Mrs., Ms. (In England, titles now tend to be given without a full stop. In the USA, the older usage is still adhered to.)

The same glyph is very often used, rather than a mid-line point, as a decimal point (or dot) in English-speaking countries. For example:


In computing, it is often used as a delimiter[?], for example in DNS lookups and file names. For example:


In computer programming, the full stop corresponds to Unicode and ASCII character 46, or 0x2E.

See also: period (rhetoric)

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