Meaning of parenthesis
Pronunciation: (pu-ren'thu-sis), [key]
— pl. -ses
- either or both of a pair of signs ( ) used in writing to mark off an interjected explanatory or qualifying remark, to indicate separate groupings of symbols in mathematics and symbolic logic, etc.
- Usually,the material contained within these marks.
- a qualifying, explanatory, or appositive word, phrase, clause, or sentence that interrupts a syntactic construction without otherwise affecting it, having often a characteristic intonation and indicated in writing by commas, parentheses, or dashes, as in William Smith—you must know him—is coming tonight.
- an interval.
- parenthesis (Thesaurus)