wordswarm.net: free dictionary lookup
Wordswarms From Years Past

13-Letter Words
12-Letter Words
11-Letter Words
10-Letter Words
9-Letter Words
8-Letter Words
7-Letter Words
6-Letter Words
5-Letter Words
4-Letter Words
3-Letter Words

Adjacent Words

Parent nucleus
parent-teacher association
parental leave
parental quality
parenthesis-free notation
parenthetical expression

Parenthesis definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PAREN'THESIS, n. [Gr. to insert.] A sentence, or certain words inserted in a sentence, which interrupt the sense or natural connection of words, but serve to explain or qualify the sense of the principal sentence. The parenthesis is usually included in hooks or curved lines, thus.
These officers, whom they still call bishops, are to be elected to a provision comparatively mean, through the same arts, (that is, electioneering arts,) by men of all religious tenets that are known or can be invented.
Do not suffer every occasional thought to carry you away into a long parenthesis.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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, parenthesis]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural parentheses) Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek, literally, act of inserting, from parentithenai to insert, from para- + en- en- + tithenai to place more at do Date: circa 1550 1. a. an amplifying or explanatory word, phrase, or sentence inserted in a passage from which it is usually set off by punctuation b. a remark or passage that departs from the theme of a discourse ; digression 2. interlude, interval 3. one or both of the curved marks ( ) used in writing and printing to enclose a parenthetical expression or to group a symbolic unit in a logical or mathematical expression parenthetical also parenthetic adjective parenthetically adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. parentheses) 1 a a word, clause, or sentence inserted as an explanation or afterthought into a passage which is grammatically complete without it, and usu. marked off by brackets or dashes or commas. b (in pl.) a pair of round brackets () used for this. 2 an interlude or interval. Phrases and idioms: in parenthesis as a parenthesis or afterthought. Etymology: LL f. Gk parenthesis f. parentithemi put in beside

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Parenthesis Pa*ren"the*sis, n.; pl. Parentheses. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to put in beside, insert; ? beside + ? in + ? to put, place. See Para-, En-, 2, and Thesis.] 1. 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. ``Seldom mentioned without a derogatory parenthesis.'' --Sir T. Browne. Don't suffer every occasional thought to carry you away into a long parenthesis. --Watts. 2. (Print.) One of the curved lines () which inclose a parenthetic word or phrase. Note: Parenthesis, in technical grammar, is that part of a sentence which is inclosed within the recognized sign; but many phrases and sentences which are punctuated by commas are logically parenthetical. In def. 1, the phrase ``by way of comment or explanation'' is inserted for explanation, and the sentence would be grammatically complete without it. The present tendency is to avoid using the distinctive marks, except when confusion would arise from a less conspicuous separation.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(parentheses) 1. Parentheses are a pair of curved marks that you put around words or numbers to indicate that they are additional, separate, or less important. (This sentence is in parentheses.) = bracket N-COUNT: usu pl 2. A parenthesis is a remark that is made in the middle of a piece of speech or writing, and which gives a little more information about the subject being discussed. N-COUNT 3. You say 'in parenthesis' to indicate that you are about to add something before going back to the main topic. PHRASE: PHR cl

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To put a man's nose into a parenthesis: to pull it, the fingers and thumb answering the hooks or crochets. A wooden parenthesis; the pillory. An iron parenthesis; a prison.

Moby Thesaurus

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


wordswarm.net: free dictionary lookup