bracket

A bracket is a punctuation mark that's used to set a word or phrase aside from the rest of a sentence. Sometimes dates or other numbers in a sentence are enclosed by brackets.

When you quote someone in a piece of formal writing, you can use brackets around an ellipsis, or three dots, to show you've omitted some of the actual quote: "He exclaimed, 'What a surprise to see you here [...] looking so cheerful!'" Another kind of bracket is the L-shaped support that holds a shelf against a wall, often using screws. This is the original meaning of bracket — the punctuation mark was named for the way it resembles the carpentry support.

Definitions of bracket
  1. noun
    either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material
    synonyms: square bracket
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    type of:
    punctuation, punctuation mark
    the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
  2. noun
    either of two punctuation marks (`<' or `>') used in computer programming and sometimes used to enclose textual material
    synonyms: angle bracket
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    type of:
    punctuation, punctuation mark
    the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
  3. verb
    place into brackets
    “Please bracket this remark”
    synonyms: bracket out
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    type of:
    edit, redact
    prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
  4. noun
    a category falling within certain defined limits
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    types:
    income bracket, income tax bracket, tax bracket
    a category of taxpayers based on the amount of their income
    price bracket
    a category of merchandise based on their price
    type of:
    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  5. verb
    classify or group
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    type of:
    group
    arrange into a group or groups
  6. noun
    a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
    synonyms: wall bracket
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    angle bracket, angle iron
    an L-shaped metal bracket
    console
    an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to support a wall fixture)
    corbel, truss
    (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)
    modillion
    (architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice
    sconce
    a decorative wall bracket for holding candles or other sources of light
    shelf bracket
    a bracket to support a shelf
    type of:
    support
    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  7. verb
    support with brackets
    bracket bookshelves”
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    type of:
    hold, hold up, support, sustain
    be the physical support of; carry the weight of
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