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Meaning of BRACKET

Pronunciation:  'brakit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an L-shaped support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
  2. [n]  either of two punctuation marks (< or >) used to enclose textual material
  3. [n]  either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material
  4. [n]  a category falling within certain defined limits
  5. [v]  classify or group
  6. [v]  place into brackets; "Please bracket this remark"
  7. [v]  support with brackets, as of shelves, for example

BRACKET is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: angle bracket, bracket out, square bracket
 See Also: angle bracket, angle iron, console, corbel, edit, group, hold, hold up, income bracket, income tax bracket, modillion, price bracket, punctuation, punctuation mark, redact, set, shelf bracket, support, support, sustain, tax bracket, truss



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Brack"et\, n. [Cf.OF. braguette codpiece, F. brayette,
    Sp. bragueta, also a projecting mold in architecture; dim.
    fr.L. bracae breeches; cf. also, OF. bracon beam, prop,
    support; of unknown origin. Cf. {Breeches}.]
    1. (Arch.) An architectural member, plain or ornamental,
       projecting from a wall or pier, to support weight falling
       outside of the same; also, a decorative feature seeming to
       discharge such an office.
    Note: This is the more general word. See {Brace},
          {Cantalever}, {Console}, {Corbel}, {Strut}.
    2. (Engin. & Mech.) A piece or combination of pieces, usually
       triangular in general shape, projecting from, or fastened
       to, a wall, or other surface, to support heavy bodies or
       to strengthen angles.
    3. (Naut.) A shot, crooked timber, resembling a knee, used as
       a support.
    4. (Mil.) The cheek or side of an ordnance carriage.
    5. (Print.) One of two characters [], used to inclose a
       reference, explanation, or note, or a part to be excluded
       from a sentence, to indicate an interpolation, to rectify
       a mistake, or to supply an omission, and for certain other
       purposes; -- called also {crotchet}.
    6. A gas fixture or lamp holder projecting from the face of a
       wall, column, or the like.
    {Bracket light}, a gas fixture or a lamp attached to a wall,
       column, etc.
  2. \Brack"et\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bracketed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Bracketing}]
    To place within brackets; to connect by brackets; to furnish
    with brackets.
  3. \Brack"et\, n. (Gunnery)
    A figure determined by firing a projectile beyond a target
    and another short of it, as a basis for ascertaining the
    proper elevation of the piece; -- only used in the phrase, to
    establish a bracket. After the bracket is established shots
    are fired with intermediate elevations until the exact range
    is obtained. In the United States navy it is called {fork}.
  4. \Brack"et\, v. t. (Gunnery)
    To shoot so as to establish a bracket for (an object).
Computing Dictionary

(Or square bracket) A left bracket or right bracket.

Often used loosely for parentheses, square brackets, braces, angle brackets, or any other kind of unequal paired delimiters.

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