brace

verb
\ ˈbrās \
braced; bracing

Definition of brace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to fasten tightly : bind
2a : 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 brace entry 2 sense 4b)
4a : to furnish or support with a brace (see brace entry 2 sense 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 identityTime

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

brace

noun
plural braces

Definition of brace (Entry 2 of 2)

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 bit entry 1 sense 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 yard entry 4 sense 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
5a : 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 staff entry 1 sense 3) carrying parts to be performed simultaneously
c : bracket sense 3a numbers written in braces
6 : a position of rigid attention on review, his uniform and brace were technically correctTime
7 : something that arouses energy or strengthens morale

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Examples of brace in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

We need to add some sort of brace to hold the shelf in place. He could walk with braces on his legs. She wears a back brace.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the earthquake struck at 8:29 a.m. local time just eight miles outside of Anchorage on Friday morning, officials braced for the worst. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Alaska’s earthquake didn’t kill anyone—here’s why," 3 Dec. 2018 After giving Piggle a few pats on the head, Blatt then braced for contact as Prince of Peace Catholic School students and staff laughed boisterously and applauded. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake Villa school officials have to kiss a 'bristly' pig to cap off fundraiser," 21 Apr. 2018 In the final days of Saccone’s campaign, the GOP operatives seemed to be bracing for a humbling and ominous defeat. Marie Solis, Newsweek, "Pennsylvania Special Election: How GOP Could Force Recount and Still Defeat Conor Lamb," 14 Mar. 2018 Sansom suffered various illnesses in childhood, including a bout of polio that blinded her for three years—an experience that braced her for the trials to come. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Code Name: Lise’ Review: The War’s Most Decorated Woman," 11 Jan. 2019 Getting out required bracing myself against... something. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Nine things I learned from driving a supercar for three days," 9 Nov. 2018 Experts had braced for such staggering figures for the 2017-2018 season. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Last year’s flu was brutal—killing 80,000—but vaccine did better than expected," 27 Sep. 2018 Stoke are also braced for the departure of Xherdan Shaqiri, who reportedly has a £13.5m relegation release clause in his contract. SI.com, "Turkish Giants Galatasaray Intensify Pursuit of Stoke Star Ahead of Possible Summer Move," 6 July 2018 But many were bracing for a worse scorcher on Sunday, when temperatures are supposed to climb as high as 100 degrees and remain searing through the end of the week. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Connecticut To Cook For Several Days In Heat Wave," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Khashoggi incident and the pressure on Saudi Arabia come as Tehran braces for tough U.S. sanctions that go into effect early next month. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Iran Slams Saudis Over Dissident Killing, Suggests U.S. Ties Were Key," 24 Oct. 2018 Hadid is the latest to wear the warcore look, a tactical, brace-for-bad-impact aesthetic. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes Virgil Abloh’s “Warcore” Vest to the Street," 10 Jan. 2019 As the government braces for a fourth weekend of protests, discontent spread Monday to ambulance workers and some high schools with students upset about scholastic reforms. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Violent protests in France reveal a hard-to-heal fracture," 4 Dec. 2018 President Trump’s denials of American deaths caused by Hurricane Maria came as the government braces for Hurricane Florence, which is anticipated to hit North Carolina, South Carolina, and parts of Virginia. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "President Trump Just Denied Thousands of Puerto Rican Deaths Following Hurricane Maria," 13 Sep. 2018 As the southeastern coast braces for the impact of Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 2 storm, those who live further inland could experience treacherous weather conditions as well. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence could bring life-threatening floods, conditions to areas away from coastline as well," 13 Sep. 2018 The difficulty in reuniting the first 100 children shows the challenge that lies ahead as the Trump administration braces for another deadline in just two weeks to reunite nearly 3,000 older children -- up to age 17 -- with their parents. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Trump administration will miss first deadline to reunify families," 9 July 2018 People hoping for clear skies in Houston on the Fourth of July might have to look elsewhere as all of southeast Texas braces for heavy rainfall on the holiday. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Heavy rainfall forecast in SE Texas on Independence Day," 2 July 2018 Animal care staff at Brookfield Zoo gave animals some frozen treats Saturday after the region braces for 90 and above temperatures that are expected to continue for the next few days, officials said. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "Animals beat the heat with frozen treats at Brookfield Zoo," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of brace

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brace

Verb

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

Noun

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

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brace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
: to give added physical support or strength to (something)
: to support (yourself) by leaning against something or holding something

brace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brace (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
\ ˈbrās \
braced; bracing

Kids Definition of brace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

brace

noun

Kids Definition of brace (Entry 2 of 2)

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

brace

noun
\ ˈbrās \

Medical Definition of brace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
braced; bracing

Medical Definition of brace (Entry 2 of 2)

: to furnish or support with a brace

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