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parenthesis

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noun pa·ren·the·sis \pə-ˈren(t)-thə-səs\

Simple Definition of parenthesis

  • : one of a pair of marks ( ) that are used around a word, phrase, sentence, number, etc.

Full Definition of parenthesis

plural pa·ren·the·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 a :  an amplifying or explanatory word, phrase, or sentence inserted in a passage from which it is usually set off by punctuation b :  a remark or passage that departs from the theme of a discourse :  digression

  2. 2 :  interlude, interval

  3. 3 :  one or both of the curved marks ( ) used in writing and printing to enclose a parenthetical expression or to group a symbolic unit in a logical or mathematical expression

par·en·thet·i·cal play \ˌper-ən-ˈthe-ti-kəl, pa-rən-\ also par·en·thet·ic play \-tik\ adjective
par·en·thet·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of parenthesis

  1. <regarded her husband's brief fling with a coworker as no more than a parethesis in an otherwise solid marriage>



Origin of parenthesis

Late Latin, from Greek, literally, act of inserting, from parentithenai to insert, from para- + en- en- + tithenai to place — more at do


First Known Use: circa 1550

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PARENTHESIS Defined for Kids

parenthesis

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noun pa·ren·the·sis \pə-ˈren-thə-səs\

Definition of parenthesis

plural pa·ren·the·ses \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  one of a pair of marks ( ) used to enclose a word or group of words or to group mathematical terms to be dealt with as a unit

par·en·thet·i·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective




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