Definition of parenthesis
1a : an amplifying (see amplify 1) or explanatory word, phrase, or sentence inserted in a passage from which it is usually set off by punctuation explained further in a parenthesisb : a remark or passage that departs from the theme of a discourse : digression The speaker inserted some often amusing parentheses during his speech.
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 The plant's common name is followed by its Latin name in parentheses.
parentheticallyplay \ˌper-ən-ˈthe-ti-k(ə-)lē, pa-rən-\ adverb
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Preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses: EAST DIVISION: 1.
UAB (first place votes in parentheses) 2017 C-USA Football Coaches Preseason Awards Offensive Player of the Year Mike White, Sr.,
The field for the Aug. 18-26 tournament, with ranking in parentheses: Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia (9): Won biggest title of her career at the 2016 WTA Finals in Singapore.
The voting: Western Division (1st place votes in parenthesis): 1.
Here’s the countdown: (property tax bill in parentheses).
QUAKER STATE 400 LINEUP (Car number in parentheses) 1. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 190.282 mph. 2.
NASCAR Cup Coke Zero 400 Saturday At Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla. (Starting position in parentheses) 1.
KOHLER GRAND PRIX RESULTS Sunday from the 4-mile Road America road course at Elkhart Lake, Wis. (starting position in parentheses): 1. (5) Scott Dixon, Honda, 55 laps. 2.
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PARENTHESIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of parenthesis for English Language Learners
: one of a pair of marks ( ) that are used around a word, phrase, sentence, number, etc.
PARENTHESIS Defined for Kids
Definition of parenthesis for Students
: 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
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