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1 a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"
2 two items of the same kind [syn: couple, pair, twosome, twain, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad]
3 a set of two similar things considered as a unit [syn: pair]
4 either of two punctuation marks ( or ) used to enclose textual material
5 a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
6 elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural) [syn: suspender, gallus]
7 an appliance that corrects dental irregularities [syn: braces]
8 the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit [syn: bitstock]
9 a structural member used to stiffen a framework [syn: bracing]


1 prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult [syn: poise]
2 support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel" [syn: steady, stabilize, stabilise]
3 support by bracing
4 cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate" [syn: stimulate, arouse, energize, energise, perk up] [ant: de-energize, de-energize, sedate]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.
  2. A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.
  3. The state of being braced or tight; tension.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
  7. A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
  8. A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt.
  9. Harness; warlike preparation.
  10. Armor for the arm; vambrace.
  11. The mouth of a shaft.
  12. (usually plural) Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
  13. (usually plural) A system of wires, brackets, and elastic bands used to correct crooked teeth.


that which holds tightly
arrangement for producing tension
vertical curved line
rope for moving a yard
system to correct crooked teeth


  1. To prepare for something bad, as an impact or blow. All hands, brace for impact!
  2. 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
  3. To stop someone for questioning, usually said of police
  4. To confront with questions, demands or requests


to prepare oneself for an impact
to swing round the yards



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Extensive Definition

Brace may refer to:



Construction and industrial arts

People with the surname Brace

  • Charles Loring Brace (1826-1890), a contributing philanthropist in the field of social reform
  • Jonathan Brace (1754-1837), a United States Representative from Connecticut
  • Julia Brace (1807-1884), a deaf and blind woman who learned tactile American Sign Language
  • Rick Brace, the current president of the CTV television network, a unit of CTVglobemedia
  • William Brace (1865 - 1947), a member of British Parliament and Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Other meanings

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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