Meaning of BRACKET in English

BRACKET

n. & v.

--n.

1. a right-angled or other support attached to and projecting from a vertical surface.

2 a shelf fixed with such a support to a wall.

3 each of a pair of marks ()

Etymology: {} used to enclose words or figures.

4 a group classified as containing similar elements or falling between given limits (income bracket).

5 Mil. the distance between two artillery shots fired either side of the target to establish range.

--v.tr. (bracketed, bracketing)

1. a couple (names etc.) with a brace. b imply a connection or equality between.

2 a enclose in brackets as parenthetic or spurious. b Math. enclose in brackets as having specific relations to what precedes or follows.

3 Mil. establish the range of (a target) by firing two preliminary shots one short of and the other beyond it.

Etymology: F braguette or Sp. bragueta codpiece, dimin. of F brague f. Prov. braga f. L braca, pl. bracae breeches

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.