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apostrophe


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apostrophe  \A*pos"tro*phe\,  n.  [(1)  L.,  fr  Gr  ?  a  turning 
  away  fr  ?  to  turn  away  ?  from  +  ?  to  turn.  (2)  F.,  fr  L. 
  apostrophus  apostrophe,  the  turning  away  or  omitting  of  a 
  letter,  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  (Rhet.)  A  figure  of  speech  by  which  the  orator  or  writer 
  suddenly  breaks  off  from  the  previous  method  of  his 
  discourse,  and  addresses,  in  the  second  person,  some 
  person  or  thing  absent  or  present;  as  Milton's 
  apostrophe  to  Light  at  the  beginning  of  the  third  book  of 
  ``Paradise  Lost.'' 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  The  contraction  of  a  word  by  the  omission  of  a 
  letter  or  letters,  which  omission  is  marked  by  the 
  character  [']  placed  where  the  letter  or  letters  would 
  have  been  as  call'd  for  called 
 
  3.  The  mark  [']  used  to  denote  that  a  word  is  contracted  (as 
  in  ne'er  for  never  can't  for  can  not),  and  as  a  sign  of 
  the  possessive,  singular  and  plural;  as  a  boy's  hat, 
  boys'  hats.  In  the  latter  use  it  originally  marked  the 
  omission  of  the  letter  e. 
 
  Note:  The  apostrophe  is  used  to  mark  the  plural  of  figures 
  and  letters;  as  two  10's  and  three  a's.  It  is  also 
  employed  to  mark  the  close  of  a  quotation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apostrophe 
  n  1:  address  to  an  absent  or  imaginary  person 
  2:  the  mark  (')  used  to  indicate  the  omission  of  one  or  more 
  letters  from  a  printed  word 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  apostrophe 
 
  {single  quote} 
 
 




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