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Meaning of BRACE

Pronunciation:  breys

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a structural member used to stiffen a framework
  2. [n]  the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit
  3. [n]  an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
  4. [n]  a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"
  5. [n]  elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
  6. [n]  a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
  7. [n]  either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
  8. [n]  a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  9. [n]  two items of the same kind
  10. [v]  cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
  11. [v]  support by bracing
  12. [v]  support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"
  13. [v]  prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

BRACE is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: arouse, bitstock, braces, bracing, couple, couplet, distich, doubleton, duad, duet, duo, dyad, energise, energize, gallus, pair, pair, perk up, poise, span, stabilise, stabilize, steady, stimulate, suspender, twain, twosome, yoke
 Antonyms: calm, de-energise, de-energize, sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
 See Also: 2, affect, animate, ankle brace, apparel, article of clothing, back brace, ballast, beef up, brace and bit, cathect, clothes, clothing, crosspiece, crosstie, dental appliance, deuce, enliven, fortify, frame, framework, framing, gear up, gusset, gusset plate, guy, guy, guy cable, guy rope, hold, hold up, II, invigorate, knee brace, liven, liven up, neck brace, nerve, prepare, punctuation, punctuation mark, quicken, railroad tie, ready, reanimate, recreate, reinforcement, reinvigorate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, rope, royal brace, set, set, set up, shoulder strap, skeg, sleeper, stay, steel, stock, strap, strengthen, strengthener, stringer, structural member, strut, support, support, sustain, tie, tread, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, two, vesture, vivify, wear, wearing apparel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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.
             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.
    10. Harness; warlike preparation. [Obs.]
              For that it stands not in such warlike brace.
    11. Armor for the arm; vantbrace.
    12. (Mining) The mouth of a shaft. [Cornwall]
    {Angle brace}. See under {Angle}.
  2. \Brace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Braced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
    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.
    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.
  3. \Brace\, v. i.
    To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; -- with up.
Computing Dictionary

left brace or right brace.

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