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
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]
- Rhymes: -eɪs
- That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.
- A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.
- The state of being braced or tight; tension.
- 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.
- 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.
- A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
- A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
- A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt.
- Harness; warlike preparation.
- Armor for the arm; vambrace.
- The mouth of a shaft.
- (usually plural) Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
- (usually plural) A system of wires, brackets, and elastic bands used to correct crooked teeth.
that which holds tightly
- Finnish: side
arrangement for producing tension
- Finnish: kiristin
rope for moving a yard
- Finnish: valjaat (pl)
system to correct crooked teeth
- To prepare for something bad, as an impact or blow. All hands, brace for impact!
- 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 stop someone for questioning, usually said of police
- To confront with questions, demands or requests
to swing round the yards
Brace may refer to:
- Brace (orthopaedic), a device used to restrict or assist body movement
brace, a device limiting motion of the spine
- Milwaukee brace, a kind of back brace used in the treatment of spinal curvatures
- Cervical collar, also called a neck brace, used to restrict neck movement
- Dental braces, a device used to reposition teeth
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
- Brace position, a body stance used to prepare for a crash
- Bracket, the symbols, also called curly braces
- Curly bracket programming language, a programming language that uses curly braces
- Military brace, a body posture primarily used in military schools
- Suspenders, elastic fabric straps used to support trousers
- Straps found on some types of carriages
- A notation used to join two or more musical staffs
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