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PARENTHESIS (parentheses)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does parenthesis mean? 

PARENTHESIS (noun)
  The noun PARENTHESIS has 2 senses:

1. either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
2. a message that departs from the main subject

  Familiarity information: PARENTHESIS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PARENTHESIS (noun)


Sense 1parenthesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("parenthesis" is a kind of...):

punctuation; punctuation mark (the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases)


Sense 2parenthesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A message that departs from the main subject

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

digression; divagation; excursus; aside; parenthesis

Hypernyms ("parenthesis" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)


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