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  1. parentheses

    A bracket, as used in British English, is either of two tall fore- or back-facing punctuation marks commonly used to isolate a segment of text or data from its surroundings. Typically deployed in symmetric pairs, an individual bracket may be identified as a 'left' or 'right' bracket or, alternatively, an "opening bracket" or "closing bracket", respectively, depending on the directionality of the context. There are four primary types of brackets. In British usage they are known as round brackets (or simply "brackets"), square brackets, curly brackets, and angle brackets; in American usage they are respectively known as parentheses, brackets, braces, and chevrons. There are also various less common symbols considered brackets. Various forms of brackets are used in mathematics, with specific mathematical meanings, often for denoting specific mathematical functions and subformulas.

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  1. Parentheses

    of Parenthesis


  1. Parenthèses

    Parenthèses is a 2006 album by Françoise Hardy

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    The parentheses symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the parentheses symbol and its characteristic.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parentheses in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parentheses in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of parentheses in a Sentence

  1. John Irving, _The Cider House Rules_ (1985):

    What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us are wrapped up in parentheses.

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  • కుండలీకరణాలుTelugu
  • پیرسUrdu

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