bracket
I. noun Etymology: perhaps from Middle French braguette codpiece, from diminutive of brague breeches, from Old Occitan braga, from Latin braca, of Celtic origin — more at breech Date: 1580 1. an overhanging member that projects from a structure (as a wall) and is usually designed to support a vertical load or to strengthen an angle 2. a fixture (as for holding a lamp) projecting from a wall or column 3. a. one of a pair of marks [ ] used in writing and printing to enclose matter or in mathematics and logic as signs of aggregation — called also square bracket b. one of the pair of marks < > used to enclose matter — called also angle bracket c. parenthesis 3 d. brace 5b 4. a section of a continuously numbered or graded series (as age ranges or income levels) II. transitive verb Date: circa 1847 1. a. to place within or as if within brackets <
editorial comments are bracketed
>
<
news stories bracketed by commercials
>
b. to eliminate from consideration <
bracket off politics
>
c. to extend around so as to encompass ; include <
test pressures…which bracket virtually the entire range of passenger-car tire pressures — Consumer Reports
>
2. to furnish or fasten with brackets 3. to put in the same category or group <
bracketed in a tie for third
>
4. a. to get the range on (a target) by firing over and short <
there were mortar rounds bracketing the area — Ed Bradley
>
b. to establish the limits of <
bracketed the problem neatly
>
c. to take photographs of at more than one exposure in order to ensure that the desired exposure is obtained

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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