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Brace definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BRACE, n. [L. brachium; Gr. the arm.]
1. In architecture, a piece of timber framed in with bevel joints, to keep the building from swerving either way. It extends like an arm from the post or main timber.
2. That which holds any thing tight; a cincture or bandage. The braces of a drum are not bands.
3. A pair; a couple; as a brace of ducks. It is used of persons only in contempt, or in the style of drollery.
4. In music, a double curve at the beginning of stave.
5. A thick strap, which supports a carriage on wheels.
6. A crooked line in printing, connecting two or more words or lines; thus boll, bowl. It is used to connect triplets in poetry.
7. In marine language, a rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, to square or traverse the yard. The name is given also to pieces of iron which are used as supports; such as of the poop lanterns, etc.
8. Brace, or brasse,is a foreign measure answering to our fathom.
9. Harness; warlike preparation; as we say, girded for battle.
10. Tension; tightness.
11. Braces, plu., suspenders, the straps that sustain pantaloons, etc.
12. The braces of a drum, are the cords on the sides of it, for tightening the heads and snares.
BRACE, v.t. To draw tight; to tighten; to bind or tie close; to make tight and firm.
1. To make tense; to strain up; as, to brace a drum.
2. To furnish with braces; as, to brace a building.
3. To strengthen; to increase tension; as, to brace the nerves.
4. In marine language, to bring the yards to either side.
To brace about is to turn the yards round for the contrary tack.
To brace sharp is to cause the yards to have the smallest possible angle with the keel.
To brace to is to check or ease off the leg braces, and round-in the weather ones, to assist in tacking.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"
2: two items of the same kind [syn: couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad]
3: a set of two similar things considered as a unit [syn: pair, brace]
4: either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
5: a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
6: elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural) [syn: brace, suspender, gallus]
7: an appliance that corrects dental irregularities [syn: brace, braces, orthodontic braces]
8: a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring [syn: brace, bitstock]
9: a structural member used to stiffen a framework [syn: brace, bracing] v
1: prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult [syn: brace, poise]
2: support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel" [syn: brace, steady, stabilize, stabilise]
3: support by bracing
4: cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate" [syn: stimulate, arouse, brace, energize, energise, perk up] [ant: calm, de-energise, de-energize, sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (braced; bracing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French bracer to embrace, from brace Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. archaic to fasten tightly ; bind 2. a. to prepare for use by making taut b. prepare, steel <brace yourself for the shock> c. invigorate, freshen 3. to turn (a sail yard) by means of a brace 4. a. to furnish or support with a brace <heavily braced against the wind> b. to make stronger ; reinforce 5. to put or plant firmly <braces his foot in the stirrup> 6. to waylay especially with demands or questions intransitive verb 1. to take heart used with up 2. to get ready (as for an attack) II. noun (plural braces) Etymology: Middle English, clasp, pair, from Anglo-French, pair of arms, pair, support, from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium arm, from Greek brachi?n, from comparative of brachys short more at brief Date: 14th century 1. something (as a clasp) that connects or fastens 2. or plural brace two of a kind ; pair <several brace of quail> 3. a crank-shaped instrument for turning a bit 4. something that transmits, directs, resists, or supports weight or pressure: as a. a diagonal piece of structural material that serves to strengthen something (as a framework) b. a rope rove through a block at the end of a ship's yard to swing it horizontally c. plural suspenders d. an appliance for supporting a body part e. plural an orthodontic appliance usually of metallic wire that is used especially to exert pressure to straighten misaligned teeth 5. a. one of two marks { } used to connect words or items to be considered together b. one of these marks connecting two or more musical staffs carrying parts to be performed simultaneously c. bracket 3a 6. a position of rigid attention 7. something that arouses energy or strengthens morale

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a device that clamps or fastens tightly. 2 (in pl.) Brit. straps supporting trousers from the shoulders. 3 a wire device for straightening the teeth. 4 (pl. same) a pair (esp. of game). 5 a rope attached to the yard of a ship for trimming the sail. 6 a a connecting mark { or } used in printing. b Mus. a similar mark connecting staves to be performed at the same time. --v.tr. 1 fasten tightly, give firmness to. 2 make steady by supporting. 3 (esp. as bracing adj.) invigorate, refresh. 4 (often refl.) prepare for a difficulty, shock, etc. Phrases and idioms: brace and bit a revolving tool with a D-shaped central handle for boring. Derivatives: bracingly adv. bracingness n. Etymology: ME f. OF brace two arms, bracier embrace, f. L bra(c)chia arms

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brace Brace, n. [OF. brace, brasse, the two arms, embrace, fathom, F. brasse fathom, fr. L. bracchia the arms (stretched out), pl. of bracchium arm; cf. Gr. ?.] 1. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop. 2. 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. --Derham. 3. The state of being braced or tight; tension. The laxness of the tympanum, when it has lost its brace or tension. --Holder. 4. (Arch. & Engin.) 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. 5. (Print.) 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. 6. (Naut.) A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon. 7. (Mech.) A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock. 8. A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt. ``A brace of greyhounds.'' --Shak. He is said to have shot . . . fifty brace of pheasants. --Addison. A brace of brethren, both bishops, both eminent for learning and religion, now appeared in the church. --Fuller. But you, my brace of lords. --Shak. 9. pl. Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders. I embroidered for you a beautiful pair of braces. --Thackeray. 10. Harness; warlike preparation. [Obs.] For that it stands not in such warlike brace. --Shak. 11. Armor for the arm; vantbrace. 12. (Mining) The mouth of a shaft. [Cornwall] Angle brace. See under Angle.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brace Brace, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Braced; p. pr. & vb. n. Bracing.] 1. To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building. 2. 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. --Campbell. 3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly. The women of China, by bracing and binding them from their infancy, have very little feet. --Locke. Some who spurs had first braced on. --Sir W. Scott. 4. 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. --Fairfax. 5. (Naut.) To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards. To brace about (Naut.), to turn (a yard) round for the contrary tack. To brace a yard (Naut.), to move it horizontally by means of a brace. To brace in (Naut.), to turn (a yard) by hauling in the weather brace. To brace one's self, to call up one's energies. ``He braced himself for an effort which he was little able to make.'' --J. D. Forbes. To brace to (Naut.), to turn (a yard) by checking or easing off the lee brace, and hauling in the weather one, to assist in tacking. To brace up (Naut.), to bring (a yard) nearer the direction of the keel by hauling in the lee brace. To brace up sharp (Naut.), to turn (a yard) as far forward as the rigging will permit.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brace Brace, v. i. To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; -- with up. [Colloq.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(braces, bracing, braced) 1. If you brace yourself for something unpleasant or difficult, you prepare yourself for it. He braced himself for the icy plunge into the black water... She braced herself, as if to meet a blow. VERB: V pron-refl for n, V pron-refl 2. If you brace yourself against something or brace part of your body against it, you press against something in order to steady your body or to avoid falling. Elaine braced herself against the dresser and looked in the mirror... He braced his back against the wall. VERB: V pron-refl against n, V n against n 3. If you brace your shoulders or knees, you keep them stiffly in a particular position. He braced his shoulders as the snow slashed across his face. VERB: V n 4. To brace something means to strengthen or support it with something else. Overhead, the lights showed the old timbers, used to brace the roof. VERB: V n 5. You can refer to two things of the same kind as a brace of that thing. The plural form is also brace. ...a brace of bottles of Mercier Rose champagne. ...a few brace of grouse. N-COUNT: usu N of n 6. A brace is a device attached to a part of a person's body, for example to a weak leg, in order to strengthen or support it. She wears a neck brace. = support N-COUNT: oft n N 7. A brace is a metal device that can be fastened to a child's teeth in order to help them grow straight. N-COUNT 8. Braces are a pair of straps that pass over your shoulders and fasten to your trousers at the front and back in order to stop them from falling down. (BRIT; in AM, use suspenders) N-PLURAL 9. Braces or curly braces are a pair of written marks that you place around words, numbers, or parts of a computer code, for example to indicate that they are connected in some way or are separate from other parts of the writing or code. (AM; in BRIT, usually use curly brackets) N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Tighten, draw tight, make tense, strain up. 2. Strengthen, fortify, support, prop, give strength to. II. n. 1. Couple, pair. 2. Prop, support, stay, shore, strut. 3. Bit-stock.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

The Brace tavern; a room in the S.E. corner of the King's Bench, where, for the convenience of prisoners residing thereabouts, beer purchased at the tap-house was retailed at a halfpenny per pot advance. It was kept by two brothers of the name of Partridge, and thence called the Brace.

Foolish Dictionary

Security for the trousers.

Moby Thesaurus

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