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

If the Wolverines can contain the hot-hitting bats of Texas Tech, Florida State and Arkansas to get out of their bracket, anything can happen in a best-of-three series in the finals. Matt Martell, SI.com, "College World Series Power Rankings: Who's Got the Best Shot to Win It All?," 11 June 2019 Of the 14 series prior to the finals, 12 were correct — the Vegas Golden Knights giving up a 3-0 lead to lose in overtime to the Sharks in Game 7 ruined our perfect bracket. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Blues vs. Bruins going to Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final? That’s what our simulation predicted in April.," 10 June 2019 As Pete pointed out, plenty of other celebs (and real people too) have dated someone outside of their age bracket. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson Addresses Kate Beckinsale Relationship Rumors on "Saturday Night Live"," 10 Mar. 2019 Beating Belgium would pit France against Germany — the reigning champions — in the final (in my bracket, at least). Alex Ward, Vox, "9 questions about the 2018 World Cup you were too embarrassed to ask," 12 June 2018 The Sun Devils are assured of at least two games in their double-elimination WCWS bracket. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Softball helps ASU to even score with Fresno State," 30 May 2018 In girls doubles, Boryachinskiy and Caroland also ran through their bracket as the No. Tim Schwartz, Howard County Times, "Puram breaks through, Marriotts Ridge tennis wins Howard County Cup," 12 May 2018 Prior to this season, the NCAA changed its baseball bracket to where the top 16 teams would be seeded 1 through 16 (as opposed to 1 through 8). Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville could share an NCAA baseball regional," 8 May 2018 As for her winnings, it's been a pretty good month for Seckers, who also won her NCAA March Madness bracket. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Lakewood High School junior wins second place in Hiram College writing contest," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Maeda did not start either of the two games against Oakland earlier this week, a series bracketed by two off days. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Early struggles doom Dodgers," 14 Apr. 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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