braces


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
click for a larger image
brace
top: knee brace
bottom: orthodontic braces
click for a larger image
brace

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.]

braces

(ˈbreɪsɪz)
pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) Brit a pair of straps worn over the shoulders by men for holding up the trousers. US and Canadian word: suspenders
square brackets, parentheses, braces - Square brackets were formerly called crotchets, round brackets are commonly called parentheses, and curly brackets are called braces; the punctuation called brackets derives from the bookshelf type, implying that, in writing, these marks "lift up" a section of a sentence.
See also related terms for punctuation.

braces

suspenders
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.braces - an appliance that corrects dental irregularitiesbraces - an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
dental appliance - a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
Translations
حمالة البَنْطَلونحمّالة البنطلون
šle
seler
henkselit
naramenice
bilincsfogszabályzóhózentrógernadrágtartó
axlabönd
ズボン吊り
멜빵
tandställning
สายโยงกางเกง
dây đeo quần

braces

[ˈbreɪsɪz] npl (British)bretelles fpl

braces

1
pl (Brit) → Hosenträger pl; a pair of braces(ein Paar) Hosenträger

braces

2
pl (Typ) → geschweifte Klammern pl

braces

[ˈbreɪsɪz] npl (Brit) → bretelle fpl

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.

braces

حمالة البَنْطَلون šle seler Hosenträger τιράντες aparatos dentales, tirantes henkselit bretelles naramenice bretelle ズボン吊り 멜빵 bretels bukseseler szelki suspensórios подтяжки tandställning สายโยงกางเกง pantolon askısı dây đeo quần 吊带
References in classic literature ?
It pushes in the one case, braces back in the other.
Wopsle if he had been in despair, I was so sorry for him as it was, that I took the opportunity of his turning round to have his braces put on - which jostled us out at the doorway - to ask Herbert what he thought of having him home to supper?
He understood, besides this, how to embroider braces with roses and other flowers, and scrolls, for he was very ready with his fingers.
This reservoir is fixed on the back by means of braces, like a soldier's knapsack.
Then the door behind him opened, and the man who lodged across the landing came in, dressed only in shirt, trousers, and slippers, his braces loose about his waist, his hair disordered from his pillow.
By and by Calypso brought him some linen to make the sails, and he made these too, excellently, making them fast with braces and sheets.
Square the yards by lifts and braces before the hands go to breakfast.
Perchance, a courage not her own Braces her mind to desperate tone.
A coat and waistcoat were lying on the floor, and from a hook behind the door, with his own braces round his neck, was hanging the managing director of the Franco-Midland Hardware Company.
I don't know what it means, unless it be an earl that wears a belt instead of braces.
Now, if that fellow was wearing braces and stooped like that, you'd say he'd burst those braces, wouldn't you?
says the master, walking towards him without his coat and waistcoat, and looking more soldierly than ever in his braces.