brace

verb
\ ˈbrās How to pronounce brace (audio) \
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

But brace yourself to watch videos of women cringing while Joe Biden massages their shoulders approximately a hundred times. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Joe Biden Isn't the Best Alternative to Trump," 6 May 2019 The company braced itself for an onslaught of public demand for toys that would come with the release of the 1980 sequel. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 The storm was expected to affect Hana starting Tuesday night, and residents were bracing for Hana, with a population of 1,200 people, to take the brunt of the storm, Hasegawa said. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Tropical storm drops light rain as it nears Maui, Big Island," 12 Sep. 2018 Imourane Issa braced himself for the next crack of a whip across his back. Siobhan O'grady, latimes.com, "‘It’s just barbarity’: Togo’s political prisoners describe torture in police custody," 4 June 2018 This week’s survey of business confidence from the Bank of Japan makes for bracing reading. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Land of the Rising Unease," 3 Apr. 2019 The crumbling building braced the hydraulic rams that drilled 70 feet below the street to build the foundations for a skyscraper. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Harvard lecturer Eric Rosenbach is bracing for the latter. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook has a plan to protect the U.S. midterms. Is it enough?," 17 Aug. 2018 Now, the Caribbean is bracing for what could be the mother of all seaweed invasions, with satellite observations warning of record-setting Sargassum blooms and seaweed already swamping beaches. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious masses of seaweed assault Caribbean islands," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The daughter of two British ex-pats—a former modern dancer and an electrician at MGM—Verdon developed rickets as a child, forcing her to wear corrective boots and braces to straighten her legs. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 2019 If your gums are receding, that might be due to long-term aggressive brushing and, in some cases, having braces. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know Before, During, and After Your Gum Graft Surgery," 11 Mar. 2019 Alex Fenkell, who had braces and attended Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, and Jordan Katzman, who attended Groves High School in Beverly Hills, met at age 13 at summer camp. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Think DIY braces will fix your smile? Startup says yes; orthodontists say think again," 23 Feb. 2018 The exhibition features various photographs taken of Kahlo over a period of years as well as some of her jewelry, chest braces, a selection of clothing and bric-a-brac. Lillian Dondero, ELLE Decor, "Fashionably Late: An Editor's Take on the Frida Kahlo Exhibit in Brooklyn," 27 Mar. 2019 Stockton, the daughter of Gonzaga great John Stockton, was on the bench in street clothes for the NCAA opener Saturday, a brace on her left leg. Anne Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga women have experience when it comes to winning at Gill," 24 Mar. 2019 Four soldiers quickly become just two and a new notional tank armed with an autocannon, two machine guns, and a brace of anti-tank missiles appears out of thin air to wrap itself around the pair. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 Mbappe scored France's third and fourth goals in a thrilling 4-3 victory in Kazan, becoming the first teenager to score a World Cup brace since Pele in the 1958 final. SI.com, "Paul Pogba Claims Kylian Mbappe Has 'Much More Talent' Than Him After Brace Against Argentina," 1 July 2018 Several of those more inexperienced players capitalized in their win over Rayados including Memo Rodriguez, who scored a brace. Houston Chronicle, "Mauro Manotas helps lead Dynamo past Minnesota," 18 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 How to pronounce brace (audio) \
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 How to pronounce brace (audio) \

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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