/ (ˈflætˌlaɪn) /
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verb (intr) informal
to die or be so near death that the display of one's vital signs on medical monitoring equipment shows a flat line rather than peaks and troughs
to remain at a continuous low level
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Set some time apart to test your bracket symbol knowledge, and see if you can keep your parentheses, squares, curlies, and angles all straight!
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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