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brace

verb \ ˈbrās \

Definition of brace

braced; bracing
transitive verb
1 archaic :to fasten tightly :bind
2 a :to prepare for use by making taut
  • brace a drum
b :prepare, steel
  • brace yourself for the shock
c :invigorate, freshen
  • … I took the shower and it braced me up a bit.
  • —Raymond Chandler
3 nautical :to turn (a sail yard) by means of a brace (see 2brace 4b)
4 a :to furnish or support with a brace (see 2brace 4)
  • heavily braced against the wind
b :to make stronger :reinforce
  • nerves … braced by long familiarity with danger
  • —T. B. Macaulay
5 :to put or plant firmly
  • braces his foot in the stirrup
6 :to waylay especially with demands or questions :confront
  • when braced, Willie had naturally denied his identity
  • Time
intransitive verb
1 :to take heart used with up
  • brace up and do something
  • —Upton Sinclair
2 :to get ready (as for an attack)
  • brace for the storm

Examples of brace in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of brace

Middle English, from Anglo-French bracer to embrace, from brace


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brace

noun

Definition of brace

plural braces
1 :something (such 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 (see 1bit 1a(2))
4 :something that transmits, directs, resists, or supports weight or pressure: such as
a :a diagonal piece of structural material that serves to strengthen something (such as a framework)
  • walls held up with braces
b nautical :a rope rove through a block at the end of a ship's yard (see 4yard 3) to swing it horizontally
c braces plural, clothing :suspenders
d medical :an appliance for supporting a body part
  • has braces on his legs
  • a neck brace
e braces plural, dentistry :an orthodontic appliance usually of metallic wire that is used especially to exert pressure to straighten misaligned teeth
  • had braces as a teenager
5 a :one of two marks { } used to connect words or items to be considered together
b music :one of these marks connecting two or more musical staffs (see 1staff 3) carrying parts to be performed simultaneously
c :bracket 3a
  • numbers written in braces
6 :a position of rigid attention
  • on review, his uniform and brace were technically correct
  • Time
7 :something that arouses energy or strengthens morale

Examples of brace in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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



BRACE Defined for English Language Learners

brace

verb

Definition of brace for English Language Learners

  • : 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


brace

noun

Definition of brace for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BRACE Defined for Kids

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brace

verb \ ˈbrās \

Definition of brace for Students

braced; bracing
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.

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brace

noun

Definition of brace for Students

1 :something that adds strength or support
  • a neck brace
2 braces 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

Medical Dictionary

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brace

noun \ ˈbrās \

medical Definition of brace

1 :an appliance that gives support to movable parts (as a joint or a fractured bone), to weak muscles (as in paralysis), or to strained ligaments (as of the lower back)
2 braces plural :an orthodontic appliance usually of metallic wire that is used especially to exert pressure to straighten misaligned teeth and that is not removable by the patient

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brace

transitive verb

medical Definition of brace

braced; bracing
:to furnish or support with a brace


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