- 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
Examples from the Web for brackets
The entire process of preplanning and printing the hand, brackets, and cuffs takes just over a day.3-D Printing Is Changing the Future of Prosthetics|Lucy Vernasco|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Your cubicle mates pouring over their brackets with all of the serious intent and fevered diligence of Talmudic scholars.
So there you have it, folks, several foolhardy techniques to fill out your brackets and make a run at office immortality.
Some of it was unnecessary giveaways, like making the Bush tax cuts permanent for most brackets.
Sticking with six brackets is supposedly meant to signal that he believes in a little stability and is not a loon.Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Tax-Plan Flim-Flam|Michael Tomasky|February 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They may also be used to cover boxes, brackets, and such small articles with very good effect.Little Folks|Various
The Gothic brackets at the base are rare, and it is an interesting example.Chats on Cottage and Farmhouse Furniture|Arthur Hayden
Barge-boards and brackets of various cheap patterns are plentifully strewed over the building.
Numbers in brackets refer to the Teubner text of Stich, but the divisions of the text are left unaltered.Meditations|Marcus Aurelius
The brackets )( show the four possible crossings of the river.The Old Road|Hilaire Belloc
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.
Marks — [ ] — resembling parentheses with square corners. Brackets are often used within quotations to distinguish between the quoter's own words and those of the writer being quoted: “He [the president] made a memorable speech at Gettysburg.”