[kom-uh] /ˈkɒm ə/

the sign (,), a mark of punctuation used for indicating a division in a sentence, as in setting off a word, phrase, or clause, especially when such a division is accompanied by a slight pause or is to be noted in order to give order to the sequential elements of the sentence. It is also used to separate items in a list, to mark off thousands in numerals, to separate types or levels of information in bibliographic and other data, and, in Europe, as a decimal point.
Classical Prosody.

Music. the minute, virtually unheard difference in pitch between two enharmonic tones, as G♯ and A♭.
any of several nymphalid butterflies, as Polygonia comma, having a comma-shaped silver mark on the underside of each hind wing.
the punctuation mark(,) indicating a slight pause in the spoken sentence and used where there is a listing of items or to separate a nonrestrictive clause or phrase from a main clause
(music) a minute interval
short for comma butterfly

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.

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.”

COMputable MAthematics.
An ESPRIT project at KU Nijmegen.

“,” ASCII character 44. Common names: ITU-T: comma. Rare: ITU-T: cedilla; INTERCAL: tail.
In the C programming language, “,” is an operator which evaluates its first argument (which presumably has side-effects) and then returns the value of its second argument. This is useful in “for” statements and macros.


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    noun 1. a curved, rod-shaped bacterium, Vibrio cholerae, causing Asiatic cholera. noun 1. a comma-shaped bacterium, Vibrio comma, that causes cholera in man: family Spirillaceae comma bacillus com·ma bacillus (kŏm’ə) n. See Koch’s bacillus.

  • Comma butterfly

    noun 1. an orange-brown European vanessid butterfly, Polygonia c-album, with a white comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing

  • Commack

    [koh-mak, kom-ak] /ˈkoʊ mæk, ˈkɒm æk/ noun 1. a town on central Long Island, in SE New York.

  • Comma-counter

    noun A person who overstresses minor details; a pedantic and picayune perfectionist (1940s+)

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