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Definition of BRACE

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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. [1913 Webster]

     2. A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum. [1913 Webster]

              The little bones of the ear drum do in straining and relaxing it as the braces of the war drum do in that.                                 --Derham. [1913 Webster]

     3. The state of being braced or tight; tension. [1913 Webster]

              The laxness of the tympanum, when it has lost its brace or tension.                     --Holder. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Mech.) A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              He is said to have shot . . . fifty brace of pheasants.                            --Addison. [1913 Webster]

              A brace of brethren, both bishops, both eminent for learning and religion, now appeared in the church.
                                                    --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

              But you, my brace of lords.           --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     9. pl. Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders. [1913 Webster]

              I embroidered for you a beautiful pair of braces.
                                                    --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

     10. Harness; warlike preparation. [Obs.]
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               For that it stands not in such warlike brace.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     11. Armor for the arm; vantbrace.
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     12. (Mining) The mouth of a shaft. [Cornwall]
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     {Angle brace}. See under {Angle}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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. [1913 Webster]

     2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves. [1913 Webster]

              And welcome war to brace her drums.   --Campbell. [1913 Webster]

     3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
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              The women of China, by bracing and binding them from their infancy, have very little feet. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

              Some who spurs had first braced on.   --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     4. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd. [1913 Webster]

              A sturdy lance in his right hand he braced.
                                                    --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Naut.) To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Brace \Brace\, v. i.
     To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; -- with up. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

245 Moby Thesaurus words for "brace":
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Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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