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Brace vs. Bracket

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Bracenoun

(obsolete) Armor for the arm; vambrace.

Bracketnoun

A fixture attached to a wall to hold up a shelf.

Bracenoun

(obsolete) A measurement of length, originally representing a person's outstretched arms.

Bracketnoun

(engineering) Any intermediate object that connects a smaller part to a larger part, the smaller part typically projecting sideways from the larger part.

Bracenoun

A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.

Bracketnoun

(nautical) A short crooked timber, resembling a knee, used as a support.

Bracenoun

That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.

Bracketnoun

(military) The cheek or side of an ordnance carriage, supporting the trunnions.

Bracenoun

A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension.

Bracketnoun

Any of the characters "(", ")", "[", "]", "{", "}", and (computer science) "<" and ">", used in pairs to enclose parenthetic remarks, sections of mathematical expressions, etc.

Bracenoun

A thong used to regulate the tension of a drum.

Bracketnoun

(UK) "(" and ")" specifically, the other forms above requiring adjectives for disambiguation.

Bracenoun

The state of being braced or tight; tension.

Bracketnoun

(US) "[" and "]" specifically - as opposed to the other forms, which have their own technical names.

Bracenoun

Harness; warlike preparation.

Bracketnoun

(sports) A printed diagram of games in a tournament.

Bracenoun

(typography) A curved, pointed line, also known as "curly bracket": { or } connecting two or more words or lines, which are to be considered together, such as in {role, roll}; in music, used to connect staves.

Bracketnoun

(sports) A prediction of the outcome of games in a tournament, used for betting purposes.

Bracenoun

A pair, a couple; originally used of dogs, and later of animals generally and then other things, but rarely human persons. (The plural in this sense is unchanged.) In British use (as plural), this is a particularly common reference to game birds.

Bracketnoun

One of several ranges of numbers.

‘tax bracket, age bracket’;

Bracenoun

A piece of material used to transmit, or change the direction of, weight or pressure; any one of the pieces, in a frame or truss, which divide the structure into triangular parts. It may act as a tie, or as a strut, and serves to prevent distortion of the structure, and transverse strains in its members. A boiler brace is a diagonal stay, connecting the head with the shell.

Bracketnoun

(algebra) A pair of values that represent the smallest and largest elements of a range.

Bracenoun

(nautical) A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.

Bracketnoun

(military) In artillery, the endangered region between two shell impacts (one long and one short). The next shell fired is likely to hit accurately.

Bracenoun

The mouth of a shaft.

Bracketnoun

(typography) The small curved or angular corner formed by a serif and a stroke in a letter.

Bracenoun

Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.

Bracketnoun

a mark cut into a stone by land surveyors to secure a bench.

Bracenoun

(plural in the US, singular or plural in the UK) A system of wires, brackets, and elastic bands used to correct crooked teeth or to reduce overbite.

Bracketverb

To support by means of mechanical brackets.

Bracenoun

(soccer) Two goals scored by one player in a game.

Bracketverb

To enclose in typographical brackets.

Braceverb

To prepare for something bad, such as an impact or blow.

‘All hands, brace for impact!’; ‘Brace yourself!’; ‘The boy has no idea about everything that's been going on. You need to brace him for what's about to happen.’;

Bracketverb

To bound on both sides, to surround, as enclosing with brackets.

‘I tried to hit the bullseye by first bracketing it with two shots and then splitting the difference with my third, but I missed.’;

Braceverb

To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly.

‘He braced himself against the crowd.’;

Bracketverb

To place in the same category.

‘Because the didn't have enough young boys for two full teams, they bracketed the seven-year olds with the eight-year olds.’;

Braceverb

(nautical) To swing round the yards of a square rigged ship, using braces, to present a more efficient sail surface to the direction of the wind.

‘to brace the yards’;

Bracketverb

To mark distinctly for special treatment.

Braceverb

To stop someone for questioning, usually said of police.

Bracketverb

To set aside, discount, ignore.

Braceverb

To confront with questions, demands or requests.

Bracketverb

(photography) To take multiple images of the same subject, using a range of exposure settings, in order to help ensure that a satisfactory image is obtained.

Braceverb

To furnish with braces; to support; to prop.

‘to brace a beam in a building’;

Bracketverb

In the philosophical system of Edmund Husserl and his followers, to set aside metaphysical theories and existential questions concerning what is real in order to focus philosophical attention simply on the actual content of experience.

Braceverb

To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen.

‘to brace the nerves’;

Bracketnoun

An architectural member, plain or ornamental, projecting from a wall or pier, to support weight falling outside of the same; also, a decorative feature seeming to discharge such an office.

Braceverb

To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.

Bracketnoun

A piece or combination of pieces, usually triangular in general shape, projecting from, or fastened to, a wall, or other surface, to support heavy bodies or to strengthen angles.

Bracenoun

That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.

Bracketnoun

A shot, crooked timber, resembling a knee, used as a support.

Bracenoun

A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.

‘The little bones of the ear drum do in straining and relaxing it as the braces of the war drum do in that.’;

Bracketnoun

The cheek or side of an ordnance carriage.

Bracenoun

The state of being braced or tight; tension.

‘The laxness of the tympanum, when it has lost its brace or tension.’;

Bracketnoun

One of two characters [], used to inclose a reference, explanation, or note, or a part to be excluded from a sentence, to indicate an interpolation, to rectify a mistake, or to supply an omission, and for certain other purposes; - called also crotchet.

Bracenoun

A piece of material used to transmit, or change the direction of, weight or pressure; any one of the pieces, in a frame or truss, which divide the structure into triangular parts. It may act as a tie, or as a strut, and serves to prevent distortion of the structure, and transverse strains in its members. A boiler brace is a diagonal stay, connecting the head with the shell.

Bracketnoun

A gas fixture or lamp holder projecting from the face of a wall, column, or the like.

Bracenoun

A vertical curved line connecting two or more words or lines, which are to be taken together; thus, boll, bowl; or, in music, used to connect staves.

Bracketnoun

A figure determined by firing a projectile beyond a target and another short of it, as a basis for ascertaining the proper elevation of the piece; - only used in the phrase, to establish a bracket. After the bracket is established shots are fired with intermediate elevations until the exact range is obtained. In the United States navy it is called fork.

Bracenoun

A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.

Bracketverb

To place within brackets; to connect by brackets; to furnish with brackets.

Bracenoun

A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.

Bracketverb

To shoot so as to establish a bracket for (an object).

Bracenoun

A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt.

‘He is said to have shot . . . fifty brace of pheasants.’; ‘A brace of brethren, both bishops, both eminent for learning and religion, now appeared in the church.’; ‘But you, my brace of lords.’;

Bracketnoun

a category falling within certain defined limits

Bracenoun

Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.

‘I embroidered for you a beautiful pair of braces.’;

Bracketnoun

either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material

Bracenoun

Harness; warlike preparation.

‘For that it stands not in such warlike brace.’;

Bracketnoun

either of two punctuation marks (`

Bracenoun

Armor for the arm; vantbrace.

Bracketnoun

an L-shaped support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)

Bracenoun

The mouth of a shaft.

Bracketverb

support with brackets;

‘bracket bookshelves’;

Braceverb

To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building.

Bracketverb

place into brackets;

‘Please bracket this remark’;

Braceverb

To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.

‘And welcome war to brace her drums.’;

Bracketverb

classify or group

Braceverb

To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.

‘The women of China, by bracing and binding them from their infancy, have very little feet.’; ‘Some who spurs had first braced on.’;

Bracketnoun

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

‘symbols are given in brackets’;

Braceverb

To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.

‘A sturdy lance in his right hand he braced.’;

Bracketnoun

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

‘those in a high income bracket’;

Braceverb

To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards.

Bracketnoun

a right-angled support attached to a wall for holding a shelf, lamp, or other object.

Braceverb

To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; - with up.

Bracketnoun

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

Bracenoun

a support that steadies or strengthens something else;

‘he wore a brace on his knee’;

Bracketnoun

a diagram representing the sequence of matches in a sports tournament, especially as used for making predictions about its outcome

‘with the March Madness tournament half the fun is filling out your bracket’;

Bracenoun

two items of the same kind

Bracketnoun

a person's nose or jaw

‘a quick punch up the bracket’;

Bracenoun

a set of two similar things considered as a unit

Bracketverb

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’;

Bracenoun

either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material

Bracketverb

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.

Bracenoun

a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it

Bracketverb

put (a belief or matter) aside temporarily

‘he bracketed off the question of God himself’;

Bracenoun

elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)

Bracketverb

place (one or more people or things) in the same category or group

‘he is sometimes bracketed with the ‘new wave’ of film directors’;

Bracenoun

an appliance that corrects dental irregularities

Bracketverb

hold or attach (something) by means of a right-angled support

‘pipes should be bracketed’;

Bracenoun

the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit

Bracketverb

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

Bracenoun

a structural member used to stiffen a framework

Bracketverb

establish (the correct exposure) by taking several pictures with slightly more or less exposure

‘it's always best to bracket your exposures’;

Braceverb

prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

Bracket

A bracket is either of two tall fore- or back-facing punctuation marks commonly used to isolate a segment of text or data from its surroundings. Typically deployed in symmetric pairs, an individual bracket may be identified as a left or right bracket or, alternatively, an opening bracket or closing bracket, respectively, depending on the directionality of the context.

Braceverb

support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace;

‘brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel’;

Braceverb

support by bracing

Braceverb

cause to be alert and energetic;

‘Coffee and tea stimulate me’; ‘This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate’;

Bracenoun

a device fitted to something, in particular a weak or injured part of the body, to give support

‘a neck brace’;

Bracenoun

a strengthening piece of iron or timber used in building or carpentry.

Bracenoun

a wire device fitted in the mouth to straighten the teeth.

Bracenoun

a drilling tool with a crank handle and a socket to hold a bit.

Bracenoun

a rope attached to the yard of a ship for trimming the sail.

Bracenoun

a pair of straps that pass over the shoulders and fasten to the top of trousers at the front and back to hold them up.

Bracenoun

a pair of something, typically of birds or mammals killed in hunting

‘thirty brace of grouse’;

Bracenoun

either of the two marks { and }, used either to indicate that two or more items on one side have the same relationship as each other to the single item to which the other side points, or in pairs to show that words between them are connected.

Bracenoun

a similar mark connecting staves to be performed at the same time.

Braceverb

make (a structure) stronger or firmer with wood, iron, or other forms of support

‘the posts were braced by lengths of timber’;

Braceverb

press (one's body or part of one's body) firmly against something in order to stay balanced

‘she braced her feet against a projecting shelf’; ‘he stood with legs braced’;

Braceverb

prepare (someone) for something difficult or unpleasant

‘both stations are bracing themselves for job losses’;

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