Ellipsis (plural ellipses; from Greek 'omission') in printing and writing refers to the row of three full stops (… or . . . ) or asterisks (***) indicating an intentional omission. This punctuation mark is also called a suspension point, points of ellipsis, periods of ellipsis, or colloquially, dot-dot-dot. An ellipsis is sometimes used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis).
The use of ellipses can either mislead or clarify, and the reader must rely on the good intentions of the writer who uses it. An example of this ambiguity is ?She went to?school.? In this sentence, ??? might represent the word ?elementary?, or the word ?no?. Omission of part of a quoted sentence without indication by an ellipsis (or bracketed text) (i.e., ?She went to school.? as opposed to ?She went to Broadmoor Elementary school.?) is considered misleading. An ellipsis at the end of the sentence w