bracket

noun
brack·​et | \ ˈbra-kət How to pronounce bracket (audio) \

Definition of bracket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an overhanging member that projects from a structure (such as a wall) and is usually designed to support a vertical load or to strengthen an angle
2 : a fixture (as for holding a lamp) projecting from a wall or column
3a : one of a pair of marks [ ] used in writing and printing to enclose matter or in mathematics and logic as signs of aggregation

called also square bracket

b : one of the pair of marks 〈 〉 used to enclose matter

called also angle bracket

4 : a section of a continuously numbered or graded series (such as age ranges or income levels)
5 : a pairing of opponents in an elimination tournament

bracket

verb
bracketed; bracketing; brackets

Definition of bracket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to place within or as if within brackets editorial comments are bracketed news stories bracketed by commercials
b : to eliminate from consideration bracket off politics
c : to extend around so as to encompass : include test pressures … which bracket virtually the entire range of passenger-car tire pressuresConsumer Reports
2 : to furnish or fasten with brackets
3 : to put in the same category or group bracketed in a tie for third
4a : to get the range on (a target) by firing over and short
b : to establish the limits of bracketed the problem neatly
c : to take photographs of at more than one exposure in order to ensure that the desired exposure is obtained

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bracket

Synonyms: Noun

category, class, classification, division, family, genus, grade, group, kind, league, order, rank(s), rubric, set, species, tier, type

Synonyms: Verb

analogize, assimilate, compare, equate, liken

Antonyms: Verb

contrast

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Examples of bracket in a Sentence

Noun

The shelf is held up with two brackets. There are wall brackets in the garage for the rakes and shovels. She is taller than average for her age bracket. He earned enough to put him in a higher tax bracket. She is now in a lower income bracket than before.

Verb

I wouldn't exactly bracket your paintings with those of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The most intriguing first-round matchup in either the men's or women's bracket involves the other Williams sister: Venus, 39, will take on 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, the youngest qualifier at the All England Club in the half-century Open era. sun-sentinel.com, "Wimbledon draw: Federer, Nadal could meet in semifinals," 28 June 2019 Maximum savers While few can afford to save the maximum in their 401(k) plan, which is $19,000 in 2019, for those in the top tax bracket, saving $19,000 after-tax is equivalent to saving more than $24,000 pre-tax. Michael J. Francis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "401K Advisor: Saving in a Roth account may be a better choice for 401(k) participants," 28 June 2019 Familiar faces in Division II Four area schools will partake in the 32-team Division II bracket, and three are making a familiar trip down Highway 21 to College Station. Alex Miller, ExpressNews.com, "Brandeis, O’Connor headline nine area schools playing in state 7-on-7 tournament," 24 June 2019 The country is short 7 million homes for extremely low-income renters, meaning there are just 37 affordable homes for every 100 households in that income bracket. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "These are the most expensive counties in the U.S. to rent. Hint: they’re all in the Bay Area," 18 June 2019 Not that many years ago, David Crosby would have been a top seed in any bracket of ’60s rockers least likely to still be breathing, let alone rocking, in 2019. Washington Post, "David Crosby, still helplessly hoping at age 77, reprises a lifetime of anthems at the Birchmere," 5 June 2019 Next up in the bracket-busting South: the regional final against No. CBS News, "March Madness: Loyola upsets Nevada, Kansas State holds off Kentucky," 23 Mar. 2018 Plus, a look at the business of march madness and a bracket-busting weekend on the road to the sweet sixteen. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg Best: From Our Bureaus Worldwide - March 19 (Audio)," 19 Mar. 2018 Evans said of Virginia’s loss, in a terse articulation of a reality that often gets lost in the moments after bracket-busting giant-slayings. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Cincinnati's Path to Advance Seems More Open, but Bearcats Aren't Drinking From That Cup," 17 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This period, known as the Cambrian explosion, roughly bracketed the appearance of nearly all major animal groups alive today. Quanta Magazine, "Rapid Oxygen Changes Fueled an Explosion in Ancient Animal Diversity," 9 May 2019 Then, too, each of the two bars at Infinity is bracketed by a huge pair of pink neon phalluses, which glow in the night like homosexual icons. Sally Helgesen, Harper's magazine, "Shadow Dancing," 10 June 2019 His eyes, brown as acorns, were bracketed by deepening crow’s-feet. Richard Conniff, WSJ, "‘The Dinosaur Artist’ Review: Old Bones Are Big Business," 6 Sep. 2018 Katz brackets the sensuous fruit abstractly, with pendulous flat green shapes masked by striped columns. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Flattening time’s tides; a ‘Maid’ made in the shade," 30 May 2018 The mystery is bracketed by another quirk: Oddly specific order sizes—many going out to five decimal points, with some repeating frequently. Matthew Leising, Bloomberg.com, "Crypto Coin Tether Defies Logic on Kraken’s Market, Raising Red Flags," 29 June 2018 On the island’s southwestern face, the Capella hotel is bracketed by Universal Studios Singapore and two golf courses. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "Tightly Guarded, Singapore Battens Down for a Summit Meeting," 8 June 2018 NCAA Division III Championship brackets Some early matches include: Mount Union's Nick Mancini (24-2) is the No. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships brackets set," 12 June 2017 Payton’s strong solos on piano and trumpet bracketed an extended bass solo by Spalding that was especially energetic, impassioned, and adept, Carrington accenting her partners’ work throughout with brilliant freestyle drumming. Bill Beuttler, BostonGlobe.com, "A lot of love in the air as the TEN Trio grooves at Scullers," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of bracket

Noun

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bracket

Noun

perhaps from Middle French braguette codpiece, from diminutive of brague breeches, from Old Occitan braga, from Latin braca, of Celt origin — more at breech

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bracket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bracket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an object that is attached to a wall and used to support or hold up something (such as a shelf)
: a category that includes a certain range of incomes, ages, etc.
: either one of a pair of marks [ ] or 〈 〉 used to enclose words or mathematical symbols

bracket

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bracket (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place (words, symbols, etc.) within brackets
: to be located at each side of (something)
: to put (two or more people or things) into the same category, group, etc.

bracket

noun
brack·​et | \ ˈbra-kət How to pronounce bracket (audio) \

Kids Definition of bracket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a support for a weight (as a shelf) that is usually attached to a wall
2 : one of a pair of marks [ ] ( square brackets ) used to enclose letters or numbers or in mathematics to enclose items to be treated together
3 : one of a pair of marks 〈 〉 ( angle brackets ) used to enclose letters or numbers
4 : group entry 1 sense 1, category an age bracket

bracket

verb
bracketed; bracketing

Kids Definition of bracket (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place within brackets
2 : to put into the same class : group

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