bracket


bracket
bracket [brak′it]
n.
[earlier bragget < Fr braguette, codpiece, dim. of brague, knee pants; ult. < Gaul * braca, pants]
1. an architectural support projecting from a wall, as a corbel
2. any angle-shaped support, esp. one in the form of a right triangle
3. a wall shelf or shelves held up by brackets
4. a wall fixture, as for a small electric lamp
5. either of the pair of signs [ ], or sometimes < >, used to enclose a word or words inserted as for explanation, quantities to be taken as a single quantity, etc.
6. the part of a classified, graded grouping that falls within specified limits [the $30,000 to $40,000 income bracket]
7.
a) the interval between the ranges of two rounds of artillery fire, as one over and the other short of the target, used to find the correct range
b) such a pair of rounds
vt.
1. to provide or support with brackets
2. to enclose within brackets
3. to group, classify, or associate together [Grant and Lee are bracketed in history]
4. to establish a bracket for (an artillery target)

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