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.

Primary Meanings of bracket

1.
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either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material
place into brackets
2.
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a category falling within certain defined limits
classify or group
3.
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a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
support with brackets
Full Definitions of bracket
1

n either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material

Synonyms:
square bracket
Type of:
punctuation, punctuation mark
the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

n either of two punctuation marks (`<' or `>') used in computer programming and sometimes used to enclose textual material

Synonyms:
angle bracket
Type of:
punctuation, punctuation mark
the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

v place into brackets

“Please bracket this remark”
Synonyms:
bracket out
Type of:
edit, redact
prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
2

n a category falling within certain defined limits

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

v classify or group

Type of:
group
arrange into a group or groups
3

n a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)

Synonyms:
wall bracket
Types:
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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

v support with brackets

bracket bookshelves”
Type of:
hold, hold up, support, sustain
be the physical support of; carry the weight of

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