Definitions of brace

  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.
  3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
  4. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.
  5. To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards.
  6. To bind or tie closely; strengthen; to stimulate.
  7. To tighten or strengthen.
  8. To tighten; strengthen; bind.
  9. To strengthen; prop; bind.
  10. support by bracing
  11. support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; " brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"
  12. To tighten; to bind or tie close; to make tense; to strain up; to furnish with braces; to strengthen.
  13. To bind; to support; to strengthen.
  14. The cords on the sides of a drum for tightening the heads and snares.
  15. the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit
  16. an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
  17. a support that steadies or strengthens something else; " he wore a brace on his knee"
  18. elastic straps that hold trousers up ( usually used in the plural)
  19. a rope on a square- rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
  20. either of two punctuation marks ( or) used to enclose textual material
  21. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.
  22. A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.
  23. The state of being braced or tight; tension.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
  27. A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
  28. A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt.
  29. Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
  30. Harness; warlike preparation.
  31. Armor for the arm; vantbrace.
  32. The mouth of a shaft.
  33. That which holds anything tightly; a prop; a bandage; a pair; as, a brace of pistols; a curve connecting two or more lines of print; a curved instrument for holding and turning boring tools; a timber to strengthen the framework of a building.
  34. Anything that draws together and holds tightly: a bandage: a pair or couple: in printing, a mark connecting two or more words or lines (}):- pl. straps for supporting the trousers: ropes for turning the yards of a ship.
  35. Anything which holds; a pair; a connecting sign in printing, Braces, straps that hold the trousers; ropes to turn a ship's yards.
  36. A support to hold something firmly in place.
  37. A crank- like handle, as for a bit. See illus. at BIT.
  38. A clasp; a curved line for uniting words, etc.
  39. A pair; couple; two.
  40. That which holds anything tight: a cincture or bandage; a thick strap which supports the body of a coach; a strap to support the trousers; a pair or a couple; tension: tightness; a crooked line connecting two or more words or lines, thus: a piece of timber, framed in with bevel joints to keep the building from swerving either way; a rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard.
  41. That which holds anything tight or supports anything; a couple or pair; a crooked mark in printing; trowsers supporter.