either or both of a pair of signs ( ) used in writing to mark off an interjected explanatory or qualifying remark, to indicate separate groupings of symbols in mathematics and symbolic logic, etc.
Usually parentheses. the material contained within these marks.
Grammar. a qualifying, explanatory, or appositive word, phrase, clause, or sentence that interrupts a syntactic construction without otherwise affecting it, having often a characteristic intonation and indicated in writing by commas, parentheses, or dashes, as in William Smith—you must know him—is coming tonight.
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How to use parenthesis in a sentence
The sum inside the parentheses famously converges to e as N gets very large.
In the script, when it says, “Enter Aunt Sandy,” in parentheses it says, “Think Jennifer Coolidge.”‘Single’ sensation: An interview with actor Michael Urie | Gregg Shapiro | December 9, 2021 | Washington Blade
Once you’ve filled out all of your parameters, close the parentheses and hit return to pull up your result.Three spreadsheet tips to make beginners feel like pros | Sandra Gutierrez G. | October 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
Our roundup includes the inflation-adjusted price in parentheses, the year the deal took place, and a comment on whether the acquisition paid off.How the Slack/Salesforce deal stacks up to history’s other Big Tech acquisitions | Jeff | December 3, 2020 | Fortune
In parentheses are the number of points you earn for each case.
The attack on the World Trade Center's towers (and on the Pentagon, that breathtaking parenthesis) was a brilliant act of jujitsu.
“When you have a food label and see quite a lot of parenthesis—first tip that your food may be highly fabricated,” she says.
He drops the parenthesis about the great Variety of entertaining Incidents, and he diminishes these engaging Scenes to it.Samuel Richardson's Introduction to Pamela | Samuel Richardson
What a tendency there is to round off a narrative into falsehood; or else by parenthesis to destroy its pith and continuity.Friends in Council | Arthur Helps
Page 365: closing parenthesis added after "particular shape"Mystic London: | Charles Maurice Davies
Page 388: closing parenthesis added after "assumption of omniscience"Mystic London: | Charles Maurice Davies
Let me tell you in a parenthesis that he is going to the army to join the King.
British Dictionary definitions for parenthesis
a phrase, often explanatory or qualifying, inserted into a passage with which it is not grammatically connected, and marked off by brackets, dashes, etc
Also called: bracket either of a pair of characters, (), used to enclose such a phrase or as a sign of aggregation in mathematical or logical expressions
an intervening occurrence; interlude; interval
in parenthesis inserted as a parenthesis
- parenthetic (ˌpærənˈθɛtɪk) or parenthetical, adjective
- parenthetically, adverb
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