|1.||an L-shaped or other support fixed to a wall to hold a shelf, etc|
|2.||one or more wall shelves carried on brackets|
|3.||architect corbel ancon See also console a support projecting from the side of a wall or other structure|
|4.||Also called: square bracket either of a pair of characters, [ ], used to enclose a section of writing or printing to separate it from the main text|
|5.||parenthesis square bracket a general name for brace|
|6.||a group or category falling within or between certain defined limits: the lower income bracket|
|7.||the distance between two preliminary shots of artillery fire in range-finding|
|8.||a skating figure consisting of two arcs meeting at a point, tracing the shape |
|—vb , -kets, -keting, -keted|
|9.||to fix or support by means of a bracket or brackets|
|10.||to put (written or printed matter) in brackets, esp as being irrelevant, spurious, or bearing a separate relationship of some kind to the rest of the text|
|11.||to couple or join (two lines of text, etc) with a brace|
|13.||to adjust (artillery fire) until the target is hit|
|[C16: from Old French braguette codpiece, diminutive of bragues breeches, from Old Provençal braga, from Latin brāca breeches]|
in architecture, device of wood, stone, or metal that projects from or overhangs a wall to carry a weight. It may also serve as a ledge to support a statue, the spring of an arch, a beam, or a shelf. Brackets are often in the form of volutes, or scrolls, and can be carved, cast, or molded. They are sometimes entirely ornamental. Among the types of bracket are the corbel and the console, but there are many types that have no special name.
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