noun (parenthes, es)
- 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.
- (Rhetoric) 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.
- (context, 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.
Etymology: From parenthèse.
- Dutch: ronde haakje
- Spanish: paréntesis
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