bracket

Definitions

General English

  • noun a piece of metal or wood which is attached to a wall to support a shelf
  • noun a printing sign usually used in pairs, [ ], ( ), < > or {}, used to show that a piece of text is separated from the rest
  • noun a group of things or people considered together for administrative purposes

General Science

  • noun a triangular or L-shaped metal support
  • noun a mark, ( or ), used to enclose text or numbers, usually in pairs

Accounting

  • noun a group of items or people taken together

Aviation

  • noun a range of frequencies within a band of radio frequencies

Cars & Driving

Computing

  • noun a printing sign to show that an instruction or operation is to be processed separately

Construction

  • An attachment projecting from a wall or column used to support a weight or a structural member. Brackets are frequently used under a cornice, a bay window, or a canopy.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a punctuation mark put on either side of a word or phrase to show that it contains additional information
  • noun a piece of metal or wood fastened to a wall to support something

Media Studies

  • noun one of a pair of shallow, curved signs, ( ), used to separate words from the surrounding text.

Military

  • verb to correct artillery or mortar fire so that each adjusting round lands on the opposite side of the target to the last round, until the target is hit

Origin & History of “bracket”

The word bracket appears to have come from medieval French braguette, which meant ‘codpiece’, a resemblance evidently having been perceived between the codpiece of a pair of men’s breeches and the ‘projecting architectural support’ which was the original meaning of bracket in English. before the word even arrived in English, it had quite an eventful career. The French word was a diminutive form of brague, which in the plural meant ‘breeches’. It was borrowed from Old Provençal braga, which got it from Latin brāca; Latin in turn acquired it from Gaulish brāca, but the Gaulish word seems ultimately to have been of Germanic origin, and to be related to English breeches.
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