brackets, bracketing, bracketed1) N-COUNT: usu n N If you say that someone or something is in a particular bracket, you mean that they come within a particular range, for example a range of incomes, ages, or prices.
...a 33% top tax rate on everyone in these high-income brackets...
Do you fall outside that age bracket?2) N-COUNT Brackets are pieces of metal, wood, or plastic that are fastened to a wall in order to support something such as a shelf.
Fix the beam with the brackets and screws.
...adjustable wall brackets.3) VERB If two or more people or things are bracketed together, they are considered to be similar or related in some way.
[pl-n be V-ed together] The Magi, Bramins, and Druids were bracketed together as men of wisdom...
[be V-ed with n] Austrian wine styles are often bracketed with those of northern Germany.Syn:categorized4) N-COUNT: usu pl, oft in N Brackets are a pair of written marks that you place round a word, expression, or sentence in order to indicate that you are giving extra information. In British English, curved marks like these are also called brackets, but in American English, they are called parentheses.
The prices in brackets are special rates for the under 18s...
My annotations appear in square brackets.Syn:5) N-COUNT: usu pl Brackets are pair of marks that are placed around a series of symbols in a mathematical expression to indicate that those symbols function as one item within the expression.
English dictionary. 2008.