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pa·ren·the·sis

parenthesis

 
pronunciation:
p ren th sihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: parentheses
definition: either of a pair of punctuation marks ( ). They are used to enclose information that is not part of the main sentence. They are also used to set apart mathematical quantities to be treated as a unit.
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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-
 
para- Greek prefix that means beside, alongside