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bracket

noun brack·et \ ˈbra-kət \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of bracket

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
3 a : 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
c : parenthesis 3
d : brace 5b
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

Examples of bracket in a Sentence

  1. The shelf is held up with two brackets.

  2. There are wall brackets in the garage for the rakes and shovels.

  3. She is taller than average for her age bracket.

  4. He earned enough to put him in a higher tax bracket.

  5. She is now in a lower income bracket than before.

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Origin and Etymology of bracket

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

verb

Definition of bracket

transitive verb
1 a : 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 pressures
  • Consumer Reports
2 : to furnish or fasten with brackets
3 : to put in the same category or group
  • bracketed in a tie for third
4 a : 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

Examples of bracket in a Sentence

  1. I wouldn't exactly bracket your paintings with those of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

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First Known Use of bracket

1836

bracket Synonyms



BRACKET Defined for English Language Learners

bracket

noun

Definition of bracket for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of bracket for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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bracket

noun brack·et \ ˈbra-kət \

Definition of bracket for Students

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 : 1group 1, category
  • an age bracket

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bracket

verb

Definition of bracket for Students

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


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