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1brace

verb \ˈbrās\

: to get ready for something difficult or unpleasant ( chiefly US )

: to give added physical support or strength to (something)

: to support (yourself) by leaning against something or holding something

bracedbrac·ing

Full Definition of BRACE

transitive verb
1
archaic :  to fasten tightly :  bind
2
a :  to prepare for use by making taut
b :  prepare, steel <brace yourself for the shock>
c :  invigorate, freshen
3
:  to turn (a sail yard) by means of a brace
4
a :  to furnish or support with a brace
b :  to make stronger :  reinforce
5
:  to put or plant firmly <braces his foot in the stirrup>
6
:  to waylay especially with demands or questions
intransitive verb
1
:  to take heart —used with up
2
:  to get ready (as for an attack)
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Examples of BRACE

  1. He braced the gate with a piece of wood.
  2. Steel columns brace the structure.
  3. She braced herself with one hand and reached up with the other.

Origin of BRACE

Middle English, from Anglo-French bracer to embrace, from brace
First Known Use: 14th century

2brace

noun

: a part that adds physical strength or support

: a device that supports a part of the body

: a device that is attached to teeth to make them straight

plural brac·es

Full Definition of BRACE

1
:  something (as a clasp) that connects or fastens
2
or plural brace :  two of a kind :  pair <several brace of quail>
3
:  a crank-shaped instrument for turning a bit
4
:  something that transmits, directs, resists, or supports weight or pressure: as
a :  a diagonal piece of structural material that serves to strengthen something (as a framework)
b :  a rope rove through a block at the end of a ship's yard to swing it horizontally
c plural :  suspenders
d :  an appliance for supporting a body part
e plural :  an orthodontic appliance usually of metallic wire that is used especially to exert pressure to straighten misaligned teeth
5
a :  one of two marks { } used to connect words or items to be considered together
b :  one of these marks connecting two or more musical staffs carrying parts to be performed simultaneously
c :  bracket 3a
6
:  a position of rigid attention
7
:  something that arouses energy or strengthens morale

Examples of BRACE

  1. We need to add some sort of brace to hold the shelf in place.
  2. He could walk with braces on his legs.
  3. She wears a back brace.

Origin of BRACE

Middle English, clasp, pair, from Anglo-French, pair of arms, pair, support, from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium arm, from Greek brachiōn, from comparative of brachys short — more at brief
First Known Use: 14th century
BRACE Defined for Kids

1brace

verb \ˈbrās\
bracedbrac·ing

Definition of BRACE for Kids

1
:  to make strong, firm, or steady <I stood up, bracing my body as well as I could against the wind. — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved>
2
:  to get ready <They braced for a storm.>

2brace

noun

Definition of BRACE for Kids

1
:  something that adds strength or support <a neck brace>
2
brac·es plural :  a usually wire device worn to correct the position of teeth
3
:  one of a pair of marks { } used to connect words or items to be considered together
4
:  two of a kind <a brace of quail>
5
:  a tool with a U-shaped bend that is used to turn wood-boring bits
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