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brace

 (brās)
n.
1. A device that holds or fastens two or more parts together or in place; a clamp.
2. A device, such as a supporting beam in a building or a connecting wire or rope, that steadies or holds something else erect.
3. braces Chiefly British Suspenders.
4. An orthopedic appliance used to support, align, or hold a bodily part in the correct position.
5. often braces A dental appliance constructed of bands and wires that is fixed to the teeth to correct irregular alignment.
6. An extremely stiff, erect posture.
7. A cause or source of renewed physical or spiritual vigor.
8. A protective pad strapped to the bow arm of an archer.
9. Nautical A rope by which a yard is swung and secured on a square-rigged ship.
10. A cranklike handle with an adjustable aperture at one end for securing and turning a bit.
11. Music A leather loop that slides to change the tension on the cord of a drum.
12. Music
a. A vertical line, usually accompanied by the symbol {, connecting two or more staffs.
b. A set of staffs connected in this way.
13. A symbol, { or }, enclosing two or more lines of text or listed items to show that they are considered as a unit.
14. Mathematics 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. Also called bracket.
15. pl. brace A pair of like things: three brace of partridges.
v. braced, brac·ing, brac·es
v.tr.
1. To furnish with a brace.
2. To support or hold steady with or as if with a brace; reinforce.
3. To prepare or position so as to be ready for impact or danger: Union members braced themselves for a confrontation with management.
4. To confront with questions or requests.
5. To increase the tension of.
6. To invigorate; stimulate: "The freshness of the September morning inspired and braced him" (Thomas Hardy).
7. Nautical To turn (the yards of a ship) by the braces.
v.intr.
To get ready; make preparations.
Phrasal Verb:
brace up
To summon one's strength or endurance.

[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; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots. V., partly from Old French bracier, from Old French brace, the two arms.]

brace

(breɪs)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a hand tool for drilling holes, with a socket to hold the drill at one end and a cranked handle by which the tool can be turned. In full: hand brace See also brace and bit
2. something that steadies, binds, or holds up another thing
3. (Building) a structural member, such as a beam or prop, used to stiffen a framework
4. (Instruments) a sliding loop, usually of leather, attached to the cords of a drum: used to change its tension
5. a pair; two, esp of game birds: a brace of partridges.
6. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) either of a pair of characters, { }, used for connecting lines of printing or writing or as a third sign of aggregation in complex mathematical or logical expressions that already contain parentheses and square brackets
7. (Classical Music) Also called: accolade a line or bracket connecting two or more staves of music
8. (Dentistry) (often plural) an appliance of metal bands and wires that can be tightened to maintain steady pressure on the teeth for correcting uneven alignment
9. (Medicine) med any of various appliances for supporting the trunk, a limb, or teeth
10. (Archery) another word for bracer2
11. (Nautical Terms) (in square-rigged sailing ships) a rope that controls the movement of a yard and thus the position of a sail
12. (Clothing & Fashion) See braces
vb (mainly tr)
13. to provide, strengthen, or fit with a brace
14. to steady or prepare (oneself or something) as before an impact
15. (also intr) to stimulate; freshen; invigorate: sea air is bracing.
16. (Nautical Terms) to control the horizontal movement of (the yards of a square-rigged sailing ship)
[C14: from Old French: the two arms, from Latin bracchia arms]

brace

(breɪs)

n., v. braced, brac•ing. n.
1. something that holds parts together or in place, as a clasp or clamp.
2. anything that imparts rigidity or steadiness.
3. a device for holding and turning a bit for boring or drilling; bitstock.
4. a piece of timber, metal, etc., for supporting or positioning another part of a framework.
5. (on a square-rigged ship) a rope by which a yard is swung about and secured horizontally.
6. Usu., braces. an oral appliance consisting generally of wires or bands, used to correct misalignment of the teeth and jaws by exerting pressure on the teeth and their supporting structures.
7. an orthopedic appliance for supporting a weak joint or joints.
8. braces, Chiefly Brit. suspender (def. 1).
9. a pair; couple: a brace of grouse.
10.
a. one of two characters {or} used to enclose words or lines to be considered together.
11. a printed brace connecting musical staves.
12. a protective band for the wrist or lower arm, esp. a bracer.
13. Mil. a position of attention with exaggeratedly stiff posture.
v.t.
14. to furnish, fasten, or strengthen with or as if with a brace.
15. to steady (oneself), as against a shock.
16. to make tight; increase the tension of.
17. to act as a stimulant to.
18. to swing or turn around (the yards of a ship) by means of the braces.
19. brace up, Informal. to summon up one's courage; become resolute.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French: pair of arms < Latin brācchia, pl. of brācchium arm < Greek; see brachium]

Brace

 a pair; a couple, originally of dogs, rarely used for people; a coat of armour. See also cast, yoke.

brace


Past participle: braced
Gerund: bracing

Imperative
brace
brace
Present
I brace
you brace
he/she/it braces
we brace
you brace
they brace
Preterite
I braced
you braced
he/she/it braced
we braced
you braced
they braced
Present Continuous
I am bracing
you are bracing
he/she/it is bracing
we are bracing
you are bracing
they are bracing
Present Perfect
I have braced
you have braced
he/she/it has braced
we have braced
you have braced
they have braced
Past Continuous
I was bracing
you were bracing
he/she/it was bracing
we were bracing
you were bracing
they were bracing
Past Perfect
I had braced
you had braced
he/she/it had braced
we had braced
you had braced
they had braced
Future
I will brace
you will brace
he/she/it will brace
we will brace
you will brace
they will brace
Future Perfect
I will have braced
you will have braced
he/she/it will have braced
we will have braced
you will have braced
they will have braced
Future Continuous
I will be bracing
you will be bracing
he/she/it will be bracing
we will be bracing
you will be bracing
they will be bracing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bracing
you have been bracing
he/she/it has been bracing
we have been bracing
you have been bracing
they have been bracing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bracing
you will have been bracing
he/she/it will have been bracing
we will have been bracing
you will have been bracing
they will have been bracing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bracing
you had been bracing
he/she/it had been bracing
we had been bracing
you had been bracing
they had been bracing
Conditional
I would brace
you would brace
he/she/it would brace
we would brace
you would brace
they would brace
Past Conditional
I would have braced
you would have braced
he/she/it would have braced
we would have braced
you would have braced
they would have braced

brace

A support set at an angle to hold scenery upright and secured by a weight on a projecting foot.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brace - a support that steadies or strengthens something elsebrace - a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"
ankle brace - a brace worn to strengthen the ankle
back brace - a brace worn to support the back
knee brace - a brace worn to strengthen the knee
neck brace - a brace worn to steady the neck
skeg - a brace that extends from the rear of the keel to support the rudderpost
strengthener, reinforcement - a device designed to provide additional strength; "the cardboard backing was just a strengthener"; "he used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook"
support - any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
2.brace - two items of the same kindbrace - two items of the same kind    
fellow, mate - one of a pair; "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
2, II, two, deuce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
doubleton - (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
3.brace - a set of two similar things considered as a unitbrace - a set of two similar things considered as a unit
Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Tweedledum and Tweedledee - any two people who are hard to tell apart
set - a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
4.brace - either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
punctuation mark, punctuation - the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
5.brace - a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
rope - a strong line
royal brace - a brace to secure the royal mast
6.brace - elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)brace - elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
man's clothing - clothing that is designed for men to wear
shoulder strap, strap - a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
7.brace - an appliance that corrects dental irregularitiesbrace - an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
dental appliance - a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
8.brace - a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boringbrace - a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring
brace and bit - a drill consisting of a bit and a brace to hold and turn it
stock - the handle end of some implements or tools; "he grabbed the cue by the stock"
9.brace - a structural member used to stiffen a frameworkbrace - a structural member used to stiffen a framework
crosspiece - a transverse brace
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
gusset plate, gusset - a metal plate used to strengthen a joist
guy cable, guy rope, guy wire, guy - a cable, wire, or rope that is used to brace something (especially a tent)
stay - (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
strengthener, reinforcement - a device designed to provide additional strength; "the cardboard backing was just a strengthener"; "he used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook"
stringer - brace consisting of a longitudinal member to strengthen a fuselage or hull
structural member - support that is a constituent part of any structure or building
strut - brace consisting of a bar or rod used to resist longitudinal compression
crosstie, railroad tie, sleeper, tie - one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper"
Verb1.brace - prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
gear up, prepare, ready, set, fix, set up - make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
nerve, steel - get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
2.brace - support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"
beef up, fortify, strengthen - make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries"
ballast - make steady with a ballast
guy - steady or support with a guy wire or cable; "The Italians guyed the Tower of Pisa to prevent it from collapsing"
3.brace - support by bracing
hold up, support, sustain, hold - be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
tread - brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
4.brace - cause to be alert and energeticbrace - cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
affect - act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate"
cathect - inject with libidinal energy
reanimate, recreate, revivify, vivify, revive, renovate, animate, quicken, repair - give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health"
reinvigorate, invigorate - impart vigor, strength, or vitality to; "Exercise is invigorating"
liven, liven up, enliven, invigorate, animate - make lively; "let's liven up this room a bit"

brace

verb
1. steady, support, balance, secure, stabilize He braced his back against the wall.
2. support, strengthen, steady, prop, reinforce, hold up, tighten, shove, bolster, fortify, buttress, shove up The lights showed the old timbers, used to brace the roof.
noun
1. pair, couple, twosome a brace of grouse
brace yourself prepare (yourself), get ready, make (yourself) ready, steel yourself, fortify yourself, gear yourself up, gird your loins He braced himself for the icy plunge into the black water.

brace

verb
To prepare (oneself) for action:
noun
1. A means or device that keeps something erect, stable, or secure:
2. Two items of the same kind together:
Translations
تشجّع، تنشَّطدِعَامَةزَوْجقوس قَوْس أو جِسْر للأسْنان
ortézapárekpovzbuditrovnátkospona
bøjlegøre sig klarparruste sigspænde
tuki
proteza
fogszabályozókapocsvas
búa sig undirspengurtvennd, tvenning
突っ張り
버팀대
įsitempus lauktipetnešosporasankabasąvarža
nostiprinātortodontiskas skavaspārissasprindzinātsastiprinājums
párikpripraviť sa nastrojček na zuby
spänne
ที่รั้ง
vật đỡ

brace

[breɪs]
A. N
1. (Constr) (= strengthening piece) → abrazadera f, refuerzo m (Archit) → riostra f, tirante m (Naut) → braza f; (= tool) → berbiquí m
brace and bitberbiquí m y barrena f
2. (also braces) (for teeth) → corrector msing, aparato msing
3. braces (Brit) → tirantes mpl, suspensores mpl (LAm)
4. (Mus) → corchete m
5. (Typ) → corchete m
6. (pl inv) (= pair) → par m
B. VT (= strengthen) [+ building] → asegurar, reforzar
to brace o.sprepararse (para resistir una sacudida etc) (fig) → fortalecer su ánimo
to brace o.s. forprepararse para
to brace o.s. againstagarrarse a

brace

[ˈbreɪs]
n
(on teeth)appareil m (dentaire)
She wears a brace → Elle a un appareil.
(on neck)minerve f
(on leg, temporary)attelle f; (permanent)appareil m orthopédique
(= tool) → vilebrequin m
(= pair) → couple m
(TYPOGRAPHY) (also brace bracket) → accolade f
vt [+ shoulders, back] → redresser
to brace o.s. (physically)s'arc-bouter; (mentally)se préparer mentalement

brace

1
n pl <-> (= pair: of pheasants etc) → Paar nt

brace

2
n
(Build) → Strebe f
(= tool) (= wheel brace)Radschlüssel m; (to hold bit) → Bohrwinde f; brace and bitBohrer m(mit Einsatz)
(on teeth) → Klammer f, → Spange f; (Med) → Stützapparat m
vt
(= support)(ab)stützen; (horizontally) → verstreben; (in vice etc) → verklammern
(climate etc: = invigorate) → stärken, kräftigen
vrsich bereithalten; (fig)sich wappnen (geh), → sich bereit machen; to brace oneself for somethingsich auf etw (acc)gefasst machen; brace yourself, I’ve got bad news for youmach dich auf eine schlechte Nachricht gefasst

brace

[breɪs]
1. n
a. (Constr) → rinforzo, sostegno; (dental) → apparecchio (ortodontico), macchinetta (per i denti) (Typ) → graffa
b. (pl inv, pair, of game birds) → coppia, paio
2. vt (strengthen) → rinforzare
to brace o.s. (also) (fig) → tenersi forte

brace

(breis) noun
1. something that draws together and holds tightly. a brace to straighten teeth.
2. a pair usually of game-birds. a brace of pheasants.
verb
to make (often oneself) firm or steady. He braced himself for the struggle.
ˈbraces noun plural
(American suˈspenders) straps over the shoulders for holding up the trousers.
ˈbracing adjective
healthy. bracing sea air.

brace

دِعَامَة ortéza bøjle Klammer επιγονατίδα abrazadera, aparato ortopédico tuki attelle proteza apparecchio ortopedico 突っ張り 버팀대 beugel støtte klamra braçadeira ортез spänne ที่รั้ง destek vật đỡ 支架

brace

n. braguero, corsée, vendaje; abrazadera;
ankle ___tobillera;
neck ______ de cuello; abrazadera;
n., pl. [dentristy] ganchos, aros.

brace

n órtesis f (form), aparato ortopédico (para estabilizar una articulación); halo — halo cervical, halo m (fam); knee (ankle, etc.) —órtesis de rodilla (tobillo, etc.); npl aparato (de ortodoncia), frenos or frenillos (Amer, fam)
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There could have been no such justification for me as the plain assent of her experience to whatever depth of depravity I found credible in our brace of scoundrels.
And then the other would begin to pour out some tale of misery, and the man would say, "Come have a glass, and maybe that'll brace you up.
After a few moments the "slough" is passed, and the horses stop, panting;--the senator finds his hat, the woman straightens her bonnet and hushes her child, and they brace themselves for what is yet to come.
From the forest and wilderness come the tonics and barks which brace mankind.
You want to brace up, and take hold of some- thing.
We arrived in considerable style, too, for the landlord had ordered the first carriage that could be found, since there was no time to lose, and our coachman was so splendidly liveried that we were probably mistaken for a brace of stray dukes; why else were we honored with a pew all to ourselves, away up among the very elect at the left of the chancel?
I tried for a second or two to brace up and out with it, but I warn't man enough -- hadn't the spunk of a rabbit.
And he said we were in luck, too; said we might attend receptions for forty thousand years to come, and not have a chance to see a brace of such grand moguls as Moses and Esau.
So they stood, each with a foot placed at an angle as a brace, and both shoving with might and main, and glowering at each other with hate.
There's a neighbor named Brace Dunlap that's been wanting to marry their Benny for three months, and at last they told him point blank and once for all, he COULDN'T; so he has soured on them, and they're worried about it.
The looking over his letter again, in replying to it, had such a softening tendency, that it was particularly necessary to brace her up with a few decisive expressions; and she was so very much concerned at the idea of making him unhappy, and thought so much of what his mother and sisters would think and say, and was so anxious that they should not fancy her ungrateful, that Emma believed if the young man had come in her way at that moment, he would have been accepted after all.
I said this whilst I knelt down at, and unlocked a trunk which contained a brace of loaded pistols: I mean to shoot myself.