1 either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
2 a message that departs from the main subject [syn: digression, aside, excursus, divagation] [also: parentheses (pl)]
EtymologyFrom parenthèse. From παρένθεσις
- A clause, phrase or word inserted (usually for explanation or amplification) into a passage which is already grammatically complete, and usually marked off with brackets, commas or dashes.
- A digression; the use of such digressions.
- Either of a pair of brackets, especially round brackets, ( and ), used to enclose parenthetical material in a text.
- In the context of "Mathematics|Logic": Such brackets as used to clarify expressions by grouping those terms affected by a common operator, or to enclose the components of a vector or the elements of a matrix.
a clause, phrase or word inserted into a passage which is already grammatically complete
- Finnish: parenteesi
- Greek: παρένθεση
(Rhetoric) a digression; the use of such digressions
either of a pair of brackets
both round brackets
- Greek: παρένθεση
(mathematics, logic) brackets used to clarify expressions by grouping terms affected by a common operator
- Finnish: sulkeet
- ttbc Dutch: haakje (plural haakjes)
- ttbc Esperanto: parentezo
- ttbc French: parenthèse (in parentheses: entre parenthèses)
- ttbc German: Klammer
- ttbc Greek: παρένθεση [paˈre̞nθe̞ˌsi]
- ttbc Italian: parentesi (plural parentesi)
- ttbc Portuguese: parêntese
- ttbc Serbian: zagrada (plural zagrade)
- ttbc Spanish: paréntesis
Parenthesis may be:
NOTE: Curly brackets and Square brackets  are NOT CALLED parentheses.
parenthesis in German: Klammer
parenthesis in French: Accolade
anastrophe, aside, broken thread, brokenness, chiasmus, disconnectedness, disconnection, discontinuance, discontinuation, discontinuity, discontinuousness, discreteness, disjunction, episode, fitfulness, hypallage, hyperbaton, hysteron proteron, incoherence, incompleteness, infix, injection, insert, insertion, insinuation, intercalation, interjection, interlineation, interlocution, intermittence, interpolation, introduction, irregularity, metastasis, metathesis, non sequitur, noncontinuance, nonlinearity, nonseriality, nonuniformity, obiter dictum, palindrome, remark, side remark, synchysis, tmesis, tossing-in