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Definitions of brace

  1. To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To bind or tie closely; strengthen; to stimulate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To tighten or strengthen. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To tighten; strengthen; bind. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To strengthen; prop; bind. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. support by bracing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. To tighten; to bind or tie close; to make tense; to strain up; to furnish with braces; to strengthen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To bind; to support; to strengthen. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. The cords on the sides of a drum for tightening the heads and snares. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. an appliance that corrects dental irregularities Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. The state of being braced or tight; tension. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Harness; warlike preparation. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Armor for the arm; vantbrace. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. The mouth of a shaft. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. Anything which holds; a pair; a connecting sign in printing, Braces, straps that hold the trousers; ropes to turn a ship's yards. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  36. A support to hold something firmly in place. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. A crank-like handle, as for a bit. See illus. at BIT. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. A clasp; a curved line for uniting words, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. A pair; couple; two. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  41. That which holds anything tight or supports anything; a couple or pair; a crooked mark in printing; trowsers supporter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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
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