What does parenthesis mean?

Definitions for parenthesis
pəˈrɛn θə sɪs; -ˌsizparen·the·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parenthesisnoun

    either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material

  2. digression, aside, excursus, divagation, parenthesisnoun

    a message that departs from the main subject

Wiktionary

  1. parenthesisnoun

    A clause, phrase or word which is inserted (usually for explanation or amplification) into a passage which is already grammatically complete, and usually marked off with brackets, commas or dashes.

    Etymology: Either indirectly via parenthese or directly from parenthesis, from παρένθεσις, from παρεντίθημι, from παρά + ἐν + τίθημι (from Proto-Indo-European base *dhe- "to put, to do").

  2. parenthesisnoun

    Either of a pair of brackets, especially round brackets, ( and ) (used to enclose parenthetical material in a text).

    Etymology: Either indirectly via parenthese or directly from parenthesis, from παρένθεσις, from παρεντίθημι, from παρά + ἐν + τίθημι (from Proto-Indo-European base *dhe- "to put, to do").

  3. parenthesisnoun

    A digression; the use of such digressions.

    Etymology: Either indirectly via parenthese or directly from parenthesis, from παρένθεσις, from παρεντίθημι, from παρά + ἐν + τίθημι (from Proto-Indo-European base *dhe- "to put, to do").

  4. parenthesisnoun

    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.

    Etymology: Either indirectly via parenthese or directly from parenthesis, from παρένθεσις, from παρεντίθημι, from παρά + ἐν + τίθημι (from Proto-Indo-European base *dhe- "to put, to do").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parenthesisnoun

    a word, phrase, or sentence, by way of comment or explanation, inserted in, or attached to, a sentence which would be grammatically complete without it. It is usually inclosed within curved lines (see def. 2 below), or dashes

    Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. pare`nqesis, fr. parentiqe`nai to put in beside, insert; para` beside + 'en in + tiqe`nai to put, place. See Para-, En-, 2, and Thesis.]

  2. Parenthesisnoun

    one of the curved lines () which inclose a parenthetic word or phrase

    Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. pare`nqesis, fr. parentiqe`nai to put in beside, insert; para` beside + 'en in + tiqe`nai to put, place. See Para-, En-, 2, and Thesis.]

Freebase

  1. Parenthesis

    In rhetoric, a parenthesis is the insertion of a verbal unit which is incongruous with the normal word flow.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parenthesis

    pa-ren′the-sis, n. a word, phrase, or sentence put in or inserted in another which is grammatically complete without it: (pl.) the marks ( ) used to mark off a parenthesis:—pl. Paren′theses (-sēz).—v.i. Parenth′esise.—adjs. Parenthet′ic, -al, of the nature of a parenthesis: expressed in a parenthesis: using parentheses.—adv. Parenthet′ically. [Gr.,—para, beside, en, in, thesis, a placing—tithenai, to place.]

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  1. preanthesis

  2. interphases

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parenthesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parenthesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of parenthesis in a Sentence

  1. Greta Jung:

    They should have made a parenthesis in the subtitles when the North Korean character speaks.

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