Unsupported titles/Full stop

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



Punctuation markEdit


  1. Indicates the end of a sentence.
  2. End of abbreviation.
    etc. — “et cetera”
    Mr J. Smith
  3. Used between words, indicates paused, serious speech.
    I. Don't. Wanna. Hear.
  4. Some uses associated with numbers.
    1. (obsolete) Used after numbers, either representing a cardinal or ordinal numeral
    2. Indicates ordinal numerals
      4., III.
  5. (IPA) Indicates a syllable break.
  6. Used repeatedly (as in: ........) in the index of a book, separates the chapter name from the page number.
    Chapter 1.....................................14
    Chapter 2.....................................19


For usage examples of this term, see Citations:Unsupported titles/Full stop.

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.smith@example.com - john dot smith at example dot com

Derived termsEdit

  • (small form variant)



  1. A separator used with numbers.
    1. In some counting systems, the decimal separator.
    2. In some counting systems, the thousands separator.
  2. (programming, computing, networking)
    1. Used as a space in e-mails.
      My email address is jon.smith@example.com.
    2. In various programming languages, the structure access operator.
      point.x — “the ‘x’ property of the ‘point’ variable”
    3. In various programming languages, the string concatenation operator.
      "My name is " . name . ". I am " . age . " years old."
    4. In various operating systems, the current directory.
      ls . — “list the contents of the current directory”
    5. The class selector in CSS, which intends to format a class of an element. (a class can appear freely one or more times in a page, as opposed to the ID selector: #).
      div.quotedtext {font-style: italic}
    6. A delimiter.
      1. Separates a file name from its extension.
        document.txt — “the file with the base name ‘document’ and the extension ‘txt’”
      2. Separates the parts of the domain name of a website (including the subdomain and the top-level domain).
        en.wiktionary.org — “the Internet domain name with components ‘en’, ‘wiktionary’, and ‘org’”
      3. Separates the parts of an IP address (IPv4). = localhost
  3. In Morse code, the shorter of two marks (the dot).


For usage examples of this term, see Citations:Unsupported titles/Full stop.


  • (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.
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