{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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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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automatic size adjustment for nested parentheses

As I prefer outer parentheses to grow larger in nested expressions, I happen to insert \bigl and \bigr and its larger cousins a lot. I have always wondered whether there is a way to do this ...
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Using \left( & \right) around amsmath's align delimiter (“&”)

I want to align equations (using the align environment from the amsmath package) inside matching \left( and \right) commands. For example: \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} ...
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Big Parenthesis in an Equation

I have an equation contained inside \[...\], which automatically makes a \sum with sub- and superscripts turn big--so that the summation sign looks awkward inside parenthesis. Any idea how to make ...
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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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Spacing between triple vertical lines

I would like to create a norm-like operator with 3 verticals bars instead of two. It has to look like $|||\cdot|||$. I would like to know how to decrease the spacing between the vertical bars such ...
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How to change the item separator in TikZ foreach command

I want to cycle over several sentences using a foreach loop. Now sentences will prpbably contain commas, which are used by foreach as item separators. So I would like to change the item separator to ...
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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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Sloppy \left and \right?

The \left and \right commands often produce improvidently large delimiters. It almost always looks better to use delimiters that are just slightly too small than delimiters that are too large. With ...
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How can I create a new extensible symbol?

Given an arbitrary thin vertical symbol, can I create a new math delimiter from it (and if so, how)? Edit: Ideally, I would like to be able to create an extensible symbol, either built out an ...
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Look for a bigger delimiter than \Bigg

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \[\left. \begin{vmatrix} a_{11}&a_{12}&a_{13}\\ a_{21}&a_{22}&a_{23}\\ a_{31}&a_{32}&a_{33} ...
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Incorrect delimiter size in math mode

The following code \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \[ \left|\tilde{\theta}\right| \] \[ \left|\theta\right| \] \end{document} produces the following output using pdfLaTeX (TeXLive 2012 ...
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How to make expanding middle delimitors like in the braket package

The braket package has convenient commands like \Braket and \Set, where | are automatically expanded vertically. This allows to easily typeset expressions like \documentclass{minimal} ...
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Compatibility between amsmath and exscale

Both the amsmath package and the exscale package define the delimiter macros \big, \Big, \bigg and \Bigg based on the internal macro \bBigg@. However, as the following minimal example reveals the ...
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Why aren't the braces showing

I have this tex: \(\mu_{A}\left(x\right)\in \[0,1 \right\]\) The issue here is that [ and ] are not showing around 0,1, why is that? Thanks.
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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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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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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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How can I force \left, \right delimiters to automatically (!) have the same size despite line breaks?

This code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \begin{align*} \begin{split} z = \left( a + b + c \right. \\ \left. + \frac{d}{e} \right) \end{split} ...
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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 ...
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Derivatives: enter “evaluated at” vertical bar with multiple values as subscripts

Sorry for the long title, but how do I enter evaluated at (for a derivative), with multiple valuation criteria at the bottom of the the big | line? Thanks!
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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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Delimited arguments and using a macro inside of itself

I wanted to play with delimiter sizing without using the \delimiterfactor, -shortfall, etc. and made the following: \newdimen\bigdim \bigdim = 1.9743ex \newdimen\Bigdim \Bigdim = 2.671ex ...
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How to get all the possible sizes of delimiters with Cambria Math

After this question, Cambria Math \bigg command doesn't work as expected, I discovered that Cambria has so many sizes of delimiters. I think the next logical step is to come up with a way of ...
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\( \) don't work with TOC?

If i write this line of code \subsection{Ranger \( n \) boules distinguables dans \( M \) boîtes} I obtain an error over the second \) (./Probabilité.toc ./Probabilité.toc:8: LaTeX Error: Bad ...
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Macro delimiter

I'd like to have a macro to split up another macro content, with field separator being a space. So: \def\mytext{foo bar} \def\secondof#1 #2{#2} \secondof\mytext What? What do you mean: "runaway ...
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Create a resizable symbol?

Some symbols can be resized automatically with \middle when placed between a \left. and a \right. They can usually also be resized using \big or \bigg. Examples of such symbols are |and / and pretty ...
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Write this equation

I want to write this equation in this way down but I have been unsuccessful. How can I improve this codes in order to get the equation below? \[ DeltaC{t} = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} -1.40- ...
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Maintainable typesetting of placeholders in code snippets

I'm looking for a maintainable way of typesetting placeholders in code snippets. In my listings, I would like that anything contained between the two delimiters @< and >@ be typeset in ...
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Defining a macro for “real” colored delimiters

I recently looked up J. van Hoorn's question on How to color delimiters in Math Mode, and so I decided to test my LaTeX knowledge by trying to define a new appropriate command: ...
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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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Is there a reason NOT to use \left and \right?

I was reading the mathtools documentation on \DeclarePairedDelimiter, and apparently only the starred version of the command it defines uses \left and \right on the delimiters. This surprised me a ...
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Redefining brackets

In my thesis I'm working with a lot of brackets around fractions and every time I have to use \left( \frac{a}{b} \right). It can get really confusing if i have a long equation and a lot of fractions. ...
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What do the pieces of LaTeX, \left and \right, respectively mean?

What are their uses and are they even standard?
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Brackets around a sum that has no top limit

MWE: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \thispagestyle{empty} \[ \mathcal{F} \left\{ \sum_j e^{-2i\pi\nu_j t} \right\} \] \end{document} Result: The sum only ...
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Strange behaviour of binomial coefficient's delimiters

While writing down my Combinatorics exercises I found that the binomial coefficient's delimiters weren't displayed as indicated inside the amsmath documentation. By subsequent trials and errors I was ...
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divides, not divides and cardinalities

In group theory it happens very often that you want to say: "The order of $H$ divides / does not divide the order of $G$." But the length of | is then always the same: $ |H| | |G| $ produces |H|||G| ...
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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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Easily change behavior of \DeclarePairedDelimiter

After seeing the answer to this question I realized that I preferred the way of working of Juan A. Navarro's answer: I.e., \DeclarePairedDelimiter{\parens}{\lparen}{\rparen} from mathtools is a ...
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(Re)definition of commands that use delimiters other than braces (e.g. \underbrace)

How do you go about redefining a command such as \underbrace, which uses an "uncommon" delimiter, i.e. _, between its two arguments, so that the redefined command be usable in exactly the same way as ...
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How to color delimiters

I have some special delimiters that I want to add to a glossary, those get hyperlinks and colors etc. However when i want to use those delimiters, using \left, \right and \middle becomes impossible. I ...
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bracket with doubled delimiters

I want to typeset Hilbert-Schmidt-Products as the Liouville-Equivalent of the Hilbert Space Braket, with doubled delimiters, like this: \Lbraket{\rho|\rho} results in <<rho|rho>>. I was ...
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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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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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How can I highlight \[…\] properly in LaTeX listings?

The listings package provides the option moredelim, allowing for custom styles for words enclosed by given delimiters. I would like to give $...$, \[...\] and $$...$$ custom colors. \[...\], however, ...
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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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Cambria Math \bigg command doesn't work as expected

I get wrong sizes when I use \bigg and family with Cambria. Here is an example (I loaded mathtools before unicode-math and then my actual problem showed up). We can see that the size \bigg exists ...
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Evaluation Symbol: Consistent Implementation

This question has been posted several times but... I'm looking for a consistent implementation of the evaluation symbol: Evaluation bar as delimeter: <...>| Auto-size to its enclosing ...
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Weird spacing issue using listings delimiters

I'm using moredelim (with prefix il) to typeset one-line "comments" in a very specific way: delimiter %% in red, rest of the line in blue. My approach works mostly as expected, aside from some ...
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Macro for Typesetting Semantic Denotations (Linguistics)

I tried to write a macro for typesetting semantic denotations, using the stmaryrd package, but there are a few issues that I would like to resolve. My first attempt at the macro was the following: ...