{delimiters} are characters used to specify the boundary between separate blocks/groups of text. They are typically used in {macros} or {math-mode} constructions.

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Expansion of macros and box contents

I don't understand the following behavior. Intro First, here is a simplified version of a macro I am using (which is itself a hacked version of a macro found in gloss.tex). If you have a string ...
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XeTeX \left and \right problem

I have a problem with the 〈 and 〉 symbols (Unicode encoding: 27E8 and 27E9) which replace the \langle and \rangle, when I try to combine them with \left and \right commands. The following examples ...
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Pass several comma separated TikZ options to a single keyval key

I'm still improving my answer to Need help creating a 3D cube from a 2D set of nodes in TikZ. One of the options should be to emphasize the edges of the cuboid. This would mean e.g. \draw[red, very ...
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How to declare an operator with automatic argument bracketing

I'd like to have an easy way to declare an operator that brackets its argument with a particular delimiter. As an example I'd like to be able to write \Pr{X} to mean the same as ...
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Using ] and [ as math symbols, not delimiters

I'm writing some topology up, and I prefer to use the notation ]a,b[ to denote an open interval as opposed to (a,b), since the ( and ) symbols tend to be over used in this subject. Is there a ...
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Is there a way to modify the default vertical spacing conventions of LaTeX left and right delimiters?

I am wondering if there is a way to modify the way left and right delimiters in LaTeX handle vertical spacing. This tends to come up when they are enclosing a fraction that has a big numerator but a ...
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Splitting a long equation with a curly brace for the equations in two lines

The equation that I have pasted below is very long. I want the first equation (e34a) after dw^2/dx^2 to be split in two lines with a common curly brace for the equation in two lines. My code is ...
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Size of the delimiters when the equation is split in an align environment.

The following code does not work: \begin{align*} \left \| x \mapsto \sup_{(y, t) \in \Gamma_x^{(A, a)}(\gamma)} & \int_{\R^d} M_{t^2}(y, z) 1_{N_\tau^c}(y, z) |f(z)| \, \d z \right ...
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Correct delimiter height in TikZ

When using the left delimiter and right delimiter options, I am having the problem that their height is not equal to the node they are surrounding. Here is an example: \documentclass{article} ...
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How does TeX decide how to size a middle delimiter?

How does TeX decide how to size a middle delimiter? When I want to show evaluation of limits of an integral, I would type $$\int_1^2 x\; dx=\frac{x^2}{2}|_1^2=4-\frac{1}{2}=\frac{7}{2}.$$ How do I ...
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Resize integral evaluation limits

When I want to show evaluation of limits of an integral, I would type \int_1^2 x\; dx=\frac{x^2}{2}|_1^2=4-\frac{1}{2}=\frac{7}{2} How do I get the vertical bar showing the limits big enough? I ...
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Why use the control sequences \bigl, \biggl, \bigr or \biggr, as I can always use \big or \bigg?

If my manuscript file has $$\biggl({\partial^2\over \partial x^2}+ {\partial^2 \over \partial y^2}\biggr)\bigl|\varphi(x+iy)\bigr|^2 = 0$$ or $$\bigg({\partial^2\over \partial x^2}+ ...
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natbib author-year-page separator

This should be a no-brainer but I haven't seen an example anywhere: \citep[253--256]{sean2003game} with bibpunct like \bibpunct{(}{)}{:}{a}{,}{~}} outputs (Riley, 2004, 253-256) I need to ...
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Align large vertical delimiters (brackets) to rows of a table?

I’m trying to typeset a table of data, with brackets (i.e. }) at the right-hand side to show a classification of the rows.  Something like: ----------------------- | Aardvark | Armenia | \ ...
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Cases with square brackets

How can I subdivide in cases with square brackets? I mean I want to write: ⌈ 2_i if ... rank (q, l) = | 2_i + 1 if ... ⌊ .... with square brackets, not ...
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Should one use thousands separators in equations?

I understand that this is not strictly a TeX question but I have recently been asked to correct an equation presented as the first example in the image below to that of the second example i.e., to use ...
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About big parenthesis larger than Bigg

Do any one know how to type a very big parenthesis in LaTeX. Since the formula is very big, I used multline environment, in one line, there are many pair of parenthesis by using \left and \right which ...
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Escaping square braces

I want to use some text as the optional parameter to some command. The text includes square braces ([ and ]), but since the optional parameter goes within square brackets, unexpected things happen. ...
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Is there a package for warning about unbalanced delimiters?

I'm copy-editing a rather lengthy set theory book. One thing I'd like to check systematically is whether all left-right unambiguous delimiters (parentheses brackets curly, square and angle) are ...
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Regarding sizing of delimiters

I'm currently writing my dissertation in civil engineering using LaTeX. I think LaTeX is really good. I have been slowly distancing myself now from Microsoft Word. LaTeX is good for me since my paper ...
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small integral delimiter

while reading a book on maths lately, I have seen a small integral delimiter such that, in what follows: \begin{equation} \sum_i^j A_{ij}\int\limits_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \cos x dx \end{equation} ...
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XeTeX big and small delimiter

I saw, that in plain.tex file, the delimiters are defines two characters at once. However for Plain XeTeX \XeTeXdelimiter macro description in the documentation only states one character. However I ...
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Spacing around \left and \right

Why does the addition of a \left and \right introduces an extra space around the formula? Specifically, why do $\cos(\theta)$ and $\cos\left(\theta\right)$ render differently? Is there a way to use ...
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How can I have a bigger integral (\int) delimiter?

I'm writing some integrals and I don't like the way the \int symbol is displayed when it is followed by a big delimiter. Here's the code: \[ \int_S\biggl(\nabla\times\bar B - \mu_0\bar J - ...
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Is there a command for large middle delimiters consistent with \bigl and \bigr?

After browsing through related threads, I am now of the understanding (please correct me if I am wrong) that the rule of thumb is to use the \bigl,\bigr pair with brackets, parentheses, etc. for ...