Meaning of semicolon

sem•i•co•lon

Pronunciation: (sem'i-kō"lun), [key]
— n.
  1. the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a major division in a sentence where a more distinct separation is felt between clauses or items on a list than is indicated by a comma, as between the two clauses of a compound sentence.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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