Brace definitions

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A device that holds or fastens two or more parts together or in place; a clamp.
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A device, such as a supporting beam in a building or a connecting wire or rope, that steadies or holds something else erect.
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A leather loop that slides to change the tension on the cord of a drum.
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A symbol, { or }, enclosing two or more lines of text or listed items to show that they are considered as a unit.
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Either of a pair of symbols, { }, used to indicate aggregation or to clarify the grouping of quantities when parentheses and square brackets have already been used.
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A pair of like things.

Three brace of partridges.

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Suspenders.
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An orthopedic appliance used to support, align, or hold a bodily part in the correct position.
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A dental appliance constructed of bands and wires that is fixed to the teeth to correct irregular alignment.
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An extremely stiff, erect posture.
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A cause or source of renewed physical or spiritual vigor.
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A protective pad strapped to the bow arm of an archer.
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A rope by which a yard is swung and secured on a square-rigged ship.
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A cranklike handle with an adjustable aperture at one end for securing and turning a bit.
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To furnish with a brace.
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To support or hold steady with or as if with a brace; reinforce.
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To prepare or position so as to be ready for impact or danger.

Union members braced themselves for a confrontation with management.

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To confront with questions or requests.
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To increase the tension of.
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To invigorate; stimulate.
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To turn (the yards of a ship) by the braces.
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To get ready; make preparations.
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Two of a kind; a couple; pair, as of hounds, game animals, or pistols.
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A device that clasps or connects to keep something firmly in place; fastener.
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Suspenders.
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A device for setting up or maintaining tension, as a guy wire.
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A device, as a beam, used as a support, to resist strain or pressure, etc.; prop.
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A tool for holding and rotating a drilling bit.
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A rigid position of exaggerated attention, as that assumed by underclassmen at military academies.
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Either of the signs { }, used to connect or enclose words or items to be considered together.
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To tie or bind on firmly.
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To tighten, esp. by stretching.
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To strengthen or make firm by supporting the weight of, resisting the pressure of, etc.; prop up.
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To equip or support with braces.
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To make ready for an impact, shock, etc.
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To give vigor or energy to; stimulate; invigorate.
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To get a firm hold with (the hands or feet)
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To ask a loan or handout from.
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To move (a yard) by means of a brace.
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An orthopedic appliance used to support, align, or hold a bodily part in the correct position.
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A thong used to regulate the tension of a drum.
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A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
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A dental appliance constructed of bands and wires that is fixed to the teeth to correct irregular alignment.
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That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.
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The state of being braced or tight; tension.
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To furnish with a brace.
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The definition of a brace is a support for something such as a building part or an injured body part.

An example of a brace are wood pieces that support or hold up a roof.

An example of brace is something you wear to support your back.

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Harness; warlike preparation.
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(UK, Cornish, mining) The mouth of a shaft.
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To brace is to build extra support for something, to use support to stay balanced yourself, or to prepare someone to receive bad news.

An example of brace is wood pillars that support a roof.

An example of brace is when you press your hand against the side of a wall as you descend steep stairs.

An example of brace is when you tell someone to sit down because you have something upsetting to tell him.

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(typography) A curved, pointed line, also known as "curly bracket": { or } connecting two or more words or lines, which are to be considered together, such as in {{role, roll}}; in music, used to connect staves.
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(chiefly in the plural) Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
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A pair, a couple; originally used of dogs, and later of animals generally and then other things, but rarely human persons. (The plural in this sense is unchanged.) In British use (as plural), this is a particularly common reference to game birds.
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(chiefly in the plural) A system of wires, brackets, and elastic bands used to correct crooked teeth or to reduce overbite.
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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.
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(soccer) Two goals scored by one player in a game.
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A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension.
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(nautical) A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
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A vertical line, usually accompanied by the symbol {, connecting two or more staffs.
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A set of staffs connected in this way.
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Such a sign used to connect two or more staves of a musical score.
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The set of staves so connected.
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Any of various devices for supporting a weak or malformed part of the body: often intended for permanent use in contrast to a splint or cast.
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A device attached to the teeth in order to move them gradually into better occlusion.
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A rope passed through a block at the end of a yard, used to swing the yard about from the deck.
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(intransitive) To prepare for something bad, as an impact or blow.

All hands, brace for impact!

The boy has no idea about everything that's been going on. You need to brace him for what's about to happen.

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To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly.

He braced himself against the crowd.

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(nautical) To swing round the yards of a square rigged ship, using braces, to present a more efficient sail surface to the direction of the wind.

To brace the yards.

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To stop someone for questioning, usually said of police.
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To confront with questions, demands or requests.
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To furnish with braces; to support; to prop.

To brace a beam in a building.

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To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen.

To brace the nerves.

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To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
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Origin of brace

Middle English from Old French the two arms from Vulgar Latin bracia from Latin bracchia, brāchia pl. of bracchium brāchium arm from Greek brakhīōn upper arm mregh-u- in Indo-European roots V., partly from Old French bracier from Old French brace the two arms