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Translingual[edit]

Character  ( 
Unicode name LEFT PARENTHESIS
Unicode block Basic Latin
Codepoint U+0028
' ← Basic Latin → )

Punctuation mark[edit]

(

  1. Begins supplemental information
    Sen. John McCain (R., Arizona) spoke at length.
  2. (mathematics) Begins a mathematical phrase that has increased precedence in terms of operators
    2/(3+8)
  3. Begins a parenthetical phrase
    I gave it to Fred (who was going there anyways) before I left.
  4. Begins denoting an alternative option for a preceding word.
    Go get the dog(s) - Here, s is a common shorthand for the plural dogs
    A variable with persistence that is currently above (below) its mean will tend not go below (above) its mean for some time.
  5. Represents a mouth vertically aligned, in order to form emoticons.

Derived terms[edit]

  • (small form variant)

Synonyms[edit]

  • (parenthetical phrase)
  • (mathematical precedence) {, [

See also[edit]

  • to (Lojban)

Punctuation