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Definitions of brace

  1. cause to be alert and energetic; " Coffee and tea stimulate me"; " This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
  2. the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit
  3. prepare ( oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
  4. a structural member used to stiffen a framework
  5. an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
  6. a support that steadies or strengthens something else; " he wore a brace on his knee"
  7. elastic straps that hold trousers up ( usually used in the plural)
  8. a rope on a square- rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
  9. a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  10. support by bracing
  11. either of two punctuation marks ( or) used to enclose textual material
  12. 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. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.
  14. A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.
  15. The state of being braced or tight; tension.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
  19. A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
  20. A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt.
  21. Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
  22. Harness; warlike preparation.
  23. Armor for the arm; vantbrace.
  24. The mouth of a shaft.
  25. To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building.
  26. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.
  27. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
  28. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.
  29. To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards.
  30. 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.
  31. To bind or tie closely; strengthen; to stimulate.
  32. 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.
  33. To tighten or strengthen.
  34. Anything which holds; a pair; a connecting sign in printing, Braces, straps that hold the trousers; ropes to turn a ship's yards.
  35. To tighten; strengthen; bind.
  36. To strengthen; prop; bind.
  37. A support to hold something firmly in place.
  38. A crank- like handle, as for a bit. See illus. at BIT.
  39. A clasp; a curved line for uniting words, etc.
  40. A pair; couple; two.
  41. The cords on the sides of a drum for tightening the heads and snares.
  42. 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.
  43. To tighten; to bind or tie close; to make tense; to strain up; to furnish with braces; to strengthen.
  44. That which holds anything tight or supports anything; a couple or pair; a crooked mark in printing; trowsers supporter.
  45. To bind; to support; to strengthen.
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Usage examples for brace

  1. " I must use these, then," said he, drawing a brace of pistols in a careless way from his coat pocket, and showing them to Edith. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  2. Just brace up and stand firm. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  3. No one can do anything with them, though careful treatment in a sanitarium may, on a number of occasions, afford them opportunity to brace up and be themselves, i. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  4. I fear you must brace yourself. – Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  5. It seemed as though she were endeavouring to brace herself up for some tremendous ordeal, and I would have given anything to have been able to put into words the sympathy which had risen up strongly within me. – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. Then brace up your mind And say 'Something better is coming my way, ' And keep doing. – Poems of Experience by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  7. When I went into a store to buy a cord with which to brace up my saw in the frame, I asked for a " fip's" worth of cord. – Collected Articles of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  8. " But if it was some friend of his," suggested Brace uneasily, " what would you do?" – In the Carquinez Woods by Bret Harte
  9. She could only brace herself to meet the inevitable. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  10. I may brace up to it, though. – Dick in the Everglades by A. W. Dimock
  11. Brace, I must have- my own! – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  12. Brace up and tell us what happened! – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
  13. " Lord Garvington has a revolver of mine," said the young man evasively, although the remark was a true one, since he had presented his cousin with a brace of revolvers some twelve months before. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  14. " That's so," responded Brace, in astonishment. – In the Carquinez Woods by Bret Harte
  15. Her mother cooked for my grandfather, and Liddy must be at least as old as I. But that night she refused to brace. – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  16. Clerimont, produce your brace of knights. – Epicoene Or, The Silent Woman by Ben Jonson
  17. When we come back here, Dias, we will give you a brace of our pistols, and I trust you will carry them in your pocket ready for use after dark, whether you are in Lima or at Miraflores. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  18. Through political responsibility only can a society brace itself to organized effort, find out its own opinions on its own needs, test its own capabilities, and elicit the will, the brains, and the hands to solve its own problems. – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
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