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parenthesis

pa·ren·the·sis

parenthesis

pronunciation:
p ren th sihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: parentheses
definition 1: either of a pair of signs ( ) used to enclose explanatory or qualifying material that is not part of a sentence's structure, or to enclose mathematical quantities that are to be treated as a unit.
definition 2: such material in print, writing, or speaking.
definition 3: an interruption or digression.
similar words:
excursion
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The word parenthesis contains the following parts:
en-2, em-2 Greek prefix that means in, into, inside
synonyms:
in-1, intro-