## Translingual
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**{ }** (*English symbol name* **curly brackets** *or* **braces**)

- (mathematics) Encloses a mathematical phrase which has increased operator precedence.
*10/2+3 = 5+3 = 8*
*10/***{**2+3**}** = 10/5 = 2

- (mathematics) Indicates the fractional part.
*{3.14} = 0.14*

- (set theory) Encloses a set.
*Set of positive divisors of 6 = ***{**1, 2, 3**}**.
*The set of even numbers can be written as* **{** *n* ∊ ℤ : ∃ *k* ∊ ℤ: *n* = 2*k* **}** *.*

- (set theory) Empty set.
*Set of natural numbers between 2 and 3 = ***{ }**.
- Alternative form: {}
- Synonym: ∅

- (programming) Used in some programming languages, especially C-type languages.
- Encloses the body of a function.
`doSomethingTwice () `**{** return doSomething () + doSomething () **}**

- Encloses each branch of a conditional.
`if (x>4) `**{** result = "congratulations!" **}**

- (phonology) Delimiter for morphophonemic transcription, especially when presented as sets of phonemes rather than as single symbols for archiphonemes.
- E.g. la{t,d}er for the conflated pronunciation of
*ladder* and *latter* in American English, versus ⫽laDer⫽, ‖laDer‖ or |laDer|, where ⟨D⟩ stands for {t, d}, though {laDer} is also seen.

- (phonetics) Sets off VoQS notation.

#### Related terms
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- (mathematical precedence) ( ), [ ]
- (linguistic delimiter): | |, ‖ ‖, ⫽

### Punctuation mark
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**{ }**

- Encloses a series of equal choices.
*Select your animal ***{**goat, sheep, cow, horse**}** and follow me.

- (papyrology, epigraphy) Encloses writing by the original scribe that the editor considers erroneous.

### Usage notes
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In English, this symbol is called *curly brackets* or *braces*.

### See also
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