WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
brack•et /ˈbrækɪt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [~ + object]
- Architecturea supporting piece sticking out from a wall to support the weight of a shelf, etc., or to reinforce the angle between two pieces.
- Architecturea wall fixture for holding a lamp, clock, etc.
- 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.
- Sociologya grouping, as of persons in relation to their income or age:travels in a different social bracket.
- Buildingto furnish with or support by a bracket or brackets:He bracketed the fittings with braces.
- Building, to place (words, etc.) within brackets.
- to group in a class together: The problems of the inner city were bracketed together in that article.
(brak′it),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- Buildinga shelf or shelves so supported.
- PrintingAlso called square bracket. one of two marks [ or ] used in writing or printing to enclose parenthetical matter, interpolations, etc.
- 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.
- Sociologya grouping of people based on the amount of their income:the low-income bracket.
- Sociologya class;
classification:She travels in a different social bracket.
- 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.
- Architecture, Building(on a staircase) an ornamental piece filling the angle between a riser and its tread.
- , 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.
- a projecting fixture for gas or electricity.
- Military[Gunnery.]range or elevation producing both shorts and overs on a target.
- Buildingto furnish with or support by a bracket or brackets.
- Building, to place within brackets;
couple with a brace.
- to associate, mention, or class together:Gossip columnists often bracket them together, so a wedding may be imminent.
- Military[Gunnery.]to place (shots) both beyond and short of a target.
- 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
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bracket /ˈbrækɪt/ n
vb ( -kets, -keting, -keted)(transitive)
- an L-shaped or other support fixed to a wall to hold a shelf, etc
- one or more wall shelves carried on brackets
- a support projecting from the side of a wall or other structure
- 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
- a general name for parenthesis, square bracket, brace
- a group or category falling within or between certain defined limits: the lower income bracket
- the distance between two preliminary shots of artillery fire in range-finding
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French braguette codpiece, diminutive of bragues breeches, from Old Provençal braga, from Latin brāca breeches
- to fix or support by means of a bracket or brackets
- 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
- to couple or join (two lines of text, etc) with a brace
- (often followed by with) to group or class together
- to adjust (artillery fire) until the target is hit
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