WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
brack•et /ˈbrækɪt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Architecturea supporting piece sticking out from a wall to support the weight of a shelf, etc., or to reinforce the angle between two pieces.
  2. Architecturea wall fixture for holding a lamp, clock, etc.
  3. PrintingAlso called ˈsquare ˌbrack•et. one of two marks, [ or ], used in writing or printing to enclose information added as extra but not essential:I put my comments on the side in brackets.
  4. Sociologya grouping, as of persons in relation to their income or age:travels in a different social bracket.

v. [+ object]
  1. Buildingto furnish with or support by a bracket or brackets:He bracketed the fittings with braces.
  2. Building, to place (words, etc.) within brackets.
  3. to group in a class together: The problems of the inner city were bracketed together in that article.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
brack•et  (brakit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Building, Architecturea support, as of metal or wood, projecting from a wall or the like to hold or bear the weight of a shelf, part of a cornice, etc.
  2. Buildinga shelf or shelves so supported.
  3. PrintingAlso called  square bracket. one of two marks [ or ] used in writing or printing to enclose parenthetical matter, interpolations, etc.
  4. [Math.]
    • brackets, parentheses of various forms indicating that the enclosed quantity is to be treated as a unit.
    • (loosely) vinculum (def. 2).
    • Informal Termsan expression or formula between a pair of brackets.
  5. Sociologya grouping of people based on the amount of their income:the low-income bracket.
  6. Sociologya class;
    classification:She travels in a different social bracket.
  7. Architecture
    • any horizontally projecting support for an overhanging weight, as a corbel, cantilever, or console.
    • any of a series of fancifully shaped false consoles beneath an ornamental cornice.
  8. Architecture, Building(on a staircase) an ornamental piece filling the angle between a riser and its tread.
  9. Nautical[Shipbuilding.]
    • , Nautical, Naval Termsa flat plate, usually triangular with a flange on one edge, used to unite and reinforce the junction between two flat members or surfaces meeting at an angle.
    • , Nautical, Naval Termsany member for reinforcing the angle between two members or surfaces.
  10. a projecting fixture for gas or electricity.
  11. Military[Gunnery.]range or elevation producing both shorts and overs on a target.

  1. Buildingto furnish with or support by a bracket or brackets.
  2. Building, to place within brackets;
    couple with a brace.
  3. to associate, mention, or class together:Gossip columnists often bracket them together, so a wedding may be imminent.
  4. Military[Gunnery.]to place (shots) both beyond and short of a target.
  5. Photographyto take (additional shots) at exposure levels above and below the estimated correct exposure.
  • 1570–80; earlier also brag( g)et (in architecture); of obscure origin, originally

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bracket /ˈbrækɪt/ n
  1. an L-shaped or other support fixed to a wall to hold a shelf, etc
  2. one or more wall shelves carried on brackets
  3. a support projecting from the side of a wall or other structure
  4. Also called: square bracket either of a pair of characters, [ ], used to enclose a section of writing or printing to separate it from the main text
  5. a general name for parenthesis, square bracket, brace
  6. a group or category falling within or between certain defined limits: the lower income bracket
  7. the distance between two preliminary shots of artillery fire in range-finding
vb ( -kets, -keting, -keted)(transitive)
  1. to fix or support by means of a bracket or brackets
  2. to put (written or printed matter) in brackets, esp as being irrelevant, spurious, or bearing a separate relationship of some kind to the rest of the text
  3. to couple or join (two lines of text, etc) with a brace
  4. (often followed by with) to group or class together
  5. to adjust (artillery fire) until the target is hit
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French braguette codpiece, diminutive of bragues breeches, from Old Provençal braga, from Latin brāca breeches

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