On my computer, there was a contented little stream of smiley faces, made from colons and parentheses.
Measurements in parentheses are those of an adult male topotype of Sciurus tenuis.
The number of instances of each word are given in parentheses.
The quotation marks alone (and the comment within the parentheses) are mine.
Dashes are much used where parentheses were formerly employed.
Mr. Belloc does not experience difficulties with his relative pronouns or bog himself in a mess of parentheses.
If used at all with the parentheses, it should follow the closing parenthesis.
Technical matters are placed in parentheses or in footnotes so that the reader may go on without these if he cares to do so.
Clicking on the words in parentheses will take show the text as edited.
If the connection of such expressions is remote, parentheses are used.
1540s, "words, clauses, etc. inserted into a sentence," from Middle French parenthèse (15c.), from Late Latin parenthesis "addition of a letter to a syllable in a word," from Greek parenthesis, literally "a putting in beside," from parentithenai "put in beside," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + en- "in" + tithenai "put, place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Sense extension by 1715 from the inserted words to the curved brackets that indicate the words inserted.
A wooden parenthesis; the pillory. An iron parenthesis; a prison. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
Punctuation marks — ( ) — used to separate elements in a sentence. Parentheses subordinate (see subordination) the material within them so that readers save most of their attention for the rest of the sentence: “Aunt Sarah (who is really my mother's cousin) will be visiting next week.”