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# Difference Between Brackets and Braces

Brackets vs Braces

Brackets are punctuation marks, which are vertically oriented lines with a special figure. They are used almost all the time in pairs, and the ordering of the pair may also carry meaning relevant to the application. In different disciplines, languages or in region brackets may carry different meanings, but most of the time based on the context of the application.

The most commonly used brackets can be listed as follows:

( ) — Parentheses, round brackets or soft brackets

[ ] — Square brackets, closed brackets, hard brackets, or brackets (US)

{ } — Braces (UK and US), French brackets, curly brackets, definite brackets, swirly brackets, curly braces, birdie brackets, Scottish brackets, squirrelly brackets, gull wings, sea gull, squiggly brackets or fancy brackets

‹ › — pointy brackets, angle brackets, triangular brackets, diamond brackets, tuples, or chevrons

< > — Inequality signs, pointy brackets, or brackets. Sometimes referred to as angle brackets, in such cases as HTML markup. Occasionally known as broken brackets or brokets.

｢ ｣ — corner brackets

Braces are simply a special type of brackets, which are also known as curly brackets. In common practice, they are used are in poetry and music, to mark repeats or joined lines. They are also used in mathematics, often in notation for denoting or defining a set.

They are also used in computing; in computer languages, it is used for separating blocks of code (C++).

What is the difference between Brackets and Braces?

• Brackets are vertical lines with a special figure and are used in languages; the figure of the bracket allows them to be used for different purposes in different contexts.

• Curly brackets are known as braces and they are used in emphasizing or defining things relative to a passage or context.

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