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punctuate (something) with (something)

1. Literally, to mark a particular clause, sentence, paragraph, etc., with a certain kind of punctuation mark. To be honest, I would punctuate this sentence with an em-dash between the two clauses rather than a semicolon. Never punctuate a sentence with a question mark and exclamation point side by side—choose one or the other.
2. To highlight or emphasize one's speech or writing with particular linguistic flairs, such as certain words or turns of phrase, body language, rhetorical devices, etc. She always punctuates her speech with these hand gestures that have since become something of a trademark for her during the campaign. His letter was punctuated with emotional appeals to the reader.
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punctuate something with something

1. to add a particular punctuation mark to a piece of writing. You have punctuated this ad with too many exclamation points. This letter is punctuated with dashes to emphasize the key points.
2. to add emphasis to one's speaking by adding phrases, exclamations, or other devices. Her comments were punctuated with a few choice swear words. Tom punctuated his address with a few choice comments about politicians.
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In spite of the absence of transitional forms in the fossil record, the idea of gradualism was not questioned for over a century until 1972 when Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould proposed a different model called "punctuated equilibrium" (PE) to explain evolution in the light of fossil evidence.
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The Second Term Room is subdivided into two facing chambers, the first punctuated by a set of bronze statues executed by George Segal-"The Fireside Chat," "The Breadline," and "The Appalachian Couple"--depicting the experiences of ordinary folks during the Great Depression.
In putting forward this idea of "coordinated stasis," paleontologists Carlton Brett of the University of Rochester and Gordon Baird of the State University of New York, Fredonia, have built upon the concept of "punctuated equilibrium." This revolutionary concept was advanced in 1972 by Stephen Jay Gould of Harvard University and Niles Eldredge of the American Museum of Natural History, in New York, who argued that species tend to persist unchanged for millions of years before abruptly giving way to new species.
It is a simplistic journey into corruption punctuated with the theatrical charm of sliding scene changes which necessitated actors running behind the camera changing costume and makeup as the camera panned from summer to winter in single, nonstop shots.
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In 1972 this view was challenged by the American paleontologists Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge, who suggested what they called punctuated evolution.
The stripped rational aesthetic of the buildings has been described by the architect as 'stately', and will incorporate a fine grey Danish brick, punctuated with a regular pattern of large openings with aluminium sliding doors and balconies, or windows with solid spandrel panels beneath.
For close to an hour, accompanied by Chris Lancaster's rich cello score, end less combinations of duets, groups, and solos formed and re-formed, racing, tumbling, or swooping through the space, punctuated by moments of hilarity, thoughtfulness, or just plain silliness.
Wind gusts sporadically through the skinny pines to animate the suspended white cloth, daylight absconds, an ominous hum slowly crescendos, and, suddenly, as though the trees were dreaming, the putative zenith of pre--World War II Western sophistication blooms in the midst of Europe's oldest forest: On the blowsy sheet is projected Fred Astaire's famous dance sequence from Top Hat (1935), the orchestra's flourishes punctuated by fake gunshots.
Using a photonic crystal--in this case, a sliver of silicon punctuated by tiny holes--they have slowed light down to as little as 1,000 kps.
Burn, the group's fourth full-length studio effort, is punctuated by big euphoric blasts of brass, courtesy of horn player Watson, and the dreamy orchestral swells of the Philadelphia Studio Strings.
This book is the real thing: hours of true tales from the Naked City that no tank of creative writers could ever dream up, punctuated by the history and tradition of the NYPD, its policies and politics, camaraderie and code of silence, triumphs and failures.
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The first movement, Allegro, features rapid, energetic tonguing on the flute, punctuated by slightly acidic harmonies from the piano.