Last modified on 25 October 2014, at 19:02

Unsupported titles/Full stop

Character .
Unicode name FULL STOP
Code point U+002E
Unicode block Basic Latin
- [U+002D] [U+002F] /




  1. Indicates the end of a sentence.
  2. End of abbreviation.
    etc. — “et cetera”
    Mr J. Smith
  3. In some counting systems, the decimal separator.
  4. In some counting systems, the thousands separator.
  5. (computing) A delimiter. — “the Internet domain name with components ‘en’, ‘wiktionary’, and ‘org’”
    document.txt — “the file with the base name ‘document’ and the extension ‘txt’”
  6. (computing, various operating systems) The current directory.
    ls . — “list the contents of the current directory”
  7. (computing, various programming languages) Structure access operator.
    point.x — “the ‘x’ property of the ‘point’ variable”
  8. (IPA) Indicates a syllable break.

Usage notesEdit

In English, the symbol . has various names, used in different contexts:

  • To signify the end of a sentence: period or full stop
    • My name is John. - My name is John period (US) or My name is John full stop (UK)
  • For use as a decimal separator: point
    • 3.45 - three point four five
  • For use of a thousand separator: - (not pronounced)
    • There are 1.000 species left. - There are one thousand species left
  • In names in computing contexts (file-names, domain-names, and so on): dot
    • - john dot smith at example dot com

Derived termsEdit

  • (small form variant)


  • (decimal separator): , (in some counting systems)
  • (thousand separator): , (in some counting systems)

See alsoEdit





  1. One of the letters of the Lojban alphabet, called denpa bu and indicating a pause or glottal stop.