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- n. Indicates a pause longer than the comma and shorter than a period/full stop.
- n. Represents two eyes vertically aligned, the lower one blinking, in order to form emoticons.
The Italian printer Aldus Manutius established the practice of using the semicolon mark to separate words of opposed meaning, and to indicate interdependent statements. The earliest, general use of the semicolon in English was in 1591. (Wiktionary)