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  1. brack·et
    IPA[ˈbrakit]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. enclose (words or figures) in brackets:

      I have bracketed the phrase “of contrary qualities” in the translation, since it is not explicit in the Greek
    • 2. enclose (a complex expression) in brackets to denote that the whole of the expression rather than just a part of it has a particular relation, such as multiplication or division, to another expression.

    • 3. put (a belief or matter) aside temporarily:

      he bracketed off the question of God
    • 4. place (one or more people or things) in the same category or group:

      he is sometimes bracketed with the “new wave” of film directors
    • 5. hold or attach (something) by means of a right-angled support:

      pipes should be bracketed
    • 6. establish the range of (a target) by firing two preliminary shots, one short of the target and the other beyond it.

    • 7. establish (the correct exposure) by taking several pictures with slightly more or less exposure:

      it's always best to bracket your exposures
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: bracket, plural noun: brackets

    • v.: verb: bracket, 3rd person present: brackets, gerund or present participle: bracketing, past tense: bracketed, past participle: bracketed

    • noun

      each of a pair of marks ( ) [ ] { } 〈 〉 used to enclose words or figures so as to separate them from the context:

      a category of people or things that are similar or fall between specified limits:

    • verb

      enclose (words or figures) in brackets:

      enclose (a complex expression) in brackets to denote that the whole of the expression rather than just a part of it has a particular relation, such as multiplication or division, to another expression.

    • adjective

      (of words or figures) enclosed in brackets:
    • adjective

      (of words or figures) enclosed in brackets:
    • noun

      either of a pair of marks in the form < > used to enclose words or figures so as to separate them from their context.

      another term for bracket

    • noun

      (in the NCAA college basketball tournament) a low-ranking team that unexpectedly defeats a high-ranking team:

      a game in which a low-ranking team unexpectedly defeats a high-ranking team:

    • noun

      a range of incomes taxed at a given rate.
    • noun

      a fungus that grows on living trees or dead wood, forming one or more shelflike projections that are the spore-producing bodies. Hyphae spread through the wood absorbing nutrients and can cause the death of the tree.
    • noun

      another term for bracket
    • noun

      either of a pair of parentheses.
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