from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either or both of the upright curved lines, ( ), used to mark off explanatory or qualifying remarks in writing or printing or enclose a sum, product, or other expression considered or treated as a collective entity in a mathematical operation.
- n. A qualifying or amplifying word, phrase, or sentence inserted within written matter in such a way as to be independent of the surrounding grammatical structure.
- n. A comment departing from the theme of discourse; a digression.
- n. An interruption of continuity; an interval: "This is one of the things I wasn't prepared for—the amount of unfilled time, the long parentheses of nothing” ( Margaret Atwood).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. Either of a pair of brackets, especially round brackets, ( and ) (used to enclose parenthetical material in a text).
- n. A digression; the use of such digressions.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. One of the curved lines () which inclose a parenthetic word or phrase.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An explanatory or qualifying clause, sentence, or paragraph inserted in another sentence or in the course of a longer passage, without being grammatically connected with it.
- n. The upright curves ( ) collectively, or either of them separately, used by printers and writers to mark off an interjected explanatory clause or qualifying remark: as, to place a word or clause in parenthesis or within parentheses.
- n. An interval; a break; an episode.
- n. Abbreviated par.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
- n. a message that departs from the main subject
Number in parenthesis is league's total number of teams in good standing for a bid.
The number in parenthesis is the comparative ranking of how dangerous the drug actually is.
*** This info in parenthesis is a Lexicon clarification, not Hot Topic’s words.
I guess this very long comment in parenthesis is a sort of compromise) which is about the depression in the 30’s, and in it he writes about how sometimes unemployed and underfed people would spend the little money they had in a movie ticket instead of buying food.
Now I say team in parenthesis, because many people misuse that word nowadays.
I put the “yet” in parenthesis because sometimes the master networkers do become established professionals.
Off topic, but why did you not offer any dangerous side effects of speech in parenthesis?
If the first three numbers were in parenthesis and there was a dash between the last two sets, it would be a phone number!
I would like to make it clear, in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view.
(I've added labels for the various parts, and the numbers in parenthesis () are the colors in the color bar.)