Origin of bracketing
- brackets,parentheses of various forms indicating that the enclosed quantity is to be treated as a unit.
- (loosely) vinculum(def 2).
- Informal.an expression or formula between a pair of brackets.
- any horizontally projecting support for an overhanging weight, as a corbel, cantilever, or console.
- any of a series of fancifully shaped false consoles beneath an ornamental cornice.
- a flat plate, usually triangular with a flange on one edge, used to unite and reinforce the junction between two flat members or surfaces meeting at an angle.
- any member for reinforcing the angle between two members or surfaces.
verb (used with object)
Origin of bracket
Related Words for bracketingtie, marry, accompany, join, associate, relate, unite, attach, combine, identify, bind, correlate, mix, link, mate, compare, pertain, ascribe, connect, affect
Examples from the Web for bracketing
Historical Examples of bracketing
This bracketing of Hildas injury with hers stank in Katherines nostrils.The Dull Miss Archinard
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Friedlaender, in bracketing Cumis, has not taken this sufficiently into consideration.The Satyricon, Complete
This gallery is sometimes supported upon a deep system of bracketing, corbelled out from the feet of the main pillars.
The process is very like what artillery men tell of "bracketing" the object fired at, and then landing fairly on it.My Discovery of England
McGillicuddy had a way of bracketing the Deity with commanding officers, and did it with much simplicity and meant no irreverence.Betty at Fort Blizzard
Molly Elliot Seawell
verb -kets, -keting or -keted (tr)
Word Origin for bracket
1570s, bragget, "architectural support," probably from Middle French braguette "codpiece armor" (16c.), from a fancied resemblance of architectural supports to that article of attire (Spanish cognate bragueta meant both "codpiece" and "bracket"), diminutive of brague "knee pants," ultimately from Gaulish *braca "pants," itself perhaps from Germanic (cf. Old English broc "garment for the legs and trunk;" see breeches). The sense might reflect the "breeches" sense, on the notion of two limbs or of appliances used in pairs. The typographical bracket is first recorded 1750, so called for its resemblance to double supports in carpentry (a sense attested from 1610s). Senses affected by Latin brachium "arm."
1797, of printed matter, "to enclose in brackets," from bracket (n.). Also, "to couple or connect with a brace" (1827), also figurative, "to couple one thing with another" in writing (1807). Artillery rangefinding sense is from 1903, from the noun (1891) in the specialized sense "distance between the ranges of two shells, one under and one over the object." Related: Bracketed; bracketing. In home-building and joinery, bracketed is attested by 1801.