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Quotation marks

Quotation \Quo*ta"tion\ (kw[-o]*t[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [From Quote.]

  1. The act of quoting or citing.

  2. That which is quoted or cited; a part of a book or writing named, repeated, or adduced as evidence or illustration.

  3. (Com.) The naming or publishing of the current price of stocks, bonds, or any commodity; also, the price named.

  4. Quota; share. [Obs.]

  5. (Print.) A piece of hollow type metal, lower than type, and measuring two or more pica ems in length and breadth, used in the blank spaces at the beginning and end of chapters, etc.

    Quotation marks (Print.), two inverted commas placed at the beginning, and two apostrophes at the end, of a passage quoted from an author in his own words.

quotation marks

n. symbol used to denote a quotation in writing, written at the beginning and end of the quotation. The symbols vary across languages, and slightly different marks may sometimes be used at the beginning and end of the quotation. See below and quotation mark for the symbols used in the English language, which vary between the United Kingdom and North America.

Usage examples of "quotation marks".

Both to these previously printed essays and journalism and to the hitherto unpublished articles and diaries we have given a uniform style in spelling, quotation marks and punctuation.

If you use spaces in your key, do not enclose the key in quotation marks unless the quotation marks themselves are part of the key.

There are snatches of dialog without quotation marks, as if transcribed at white heat lest a series of epiphanies fade.

Caroline found it hard to believe that Uncle Henry, as he was known to her without quotation marks, would be eighty in a few weeks.