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 for Bracket light
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bracket \Brack"et\, n. [Cf. OF. braguette codpiece, F. brayette,
     Sp. bragueta, also a projecting mold in architecture; dim.
     fr. L. bracae breeches; cf. also, OF. bracon beam, prop,
     support; of unknown origin. Cf. Breeches.]
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     1. (Arch.) 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.
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     Note: This is the more general word. See Brace,
           Cantalever, Console, Corbel, Strut.
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     2. (Engin. & Mech.) 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.
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     3. (Naut.) A shot, crooked timber, resembling a knee, used as
        a support.
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     4. (Mil.) The cheek or side of an ordnance carriage.
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     5. (Print.) 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.
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     6. A gas fixture or lamp holder projecting from the face of a
        wall, column, or the like.
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     7. (Gunnery) 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.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     Bracket light, a gas fixture or a lamp attached to a wall,
        column, etc.
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