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

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 Greece is bracing for the first visit by a Turkish president in 65 years, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan due in Athens on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 7-8). Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "University of Houston-Victoria breaks ground on new student residence hall," 8 June 2018 The European Union is bracing for President Donald Trump to open another front in his confrontation with the bloc, as the EU’s top negotiator prepares for the U.S. to impose either tariffs or quotas on metals imports from America’s closest allies. Richard Bravo, Bloomberg.com, "Threat of Trade Brawl Hangs on Trump’s Looming Tariff Deadline," 31 May 2018 The video game industry, which has found itself under the political microscope once again in 2018, is bracing for further scrutiny with the pending release of a title that lets players act out the role of a school shooter. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Upcoming Video Game Lets You Play as a School Shooter," 24 May 2018 India’s Silicon Valley is bracing for yet another thirsty summer. Washington Post, "Water mismanagement leaves India’s Silicon Valley parched," 16 May 2018 The group is bracing for fresh scrutiny over its finances following allegations that a lifetime member and Russian government official, Alexander Torshin, had funneled money through the NRA to bolster the Trump campaign in 2016. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's NRA speech comes with an eye to 2018," 4 May 2018 On the heels of a weekend snowstorm that quickly eclipsed forecast expectations, the Indianapolis area is now bracing for days of rain and potential flooding. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Flooding, rain looms as heavy snow melts," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Carribean braces for season's first hurricane Residents on the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean are bracing this weekend for Beryl, the season's first Atlantic hurricane, to make landfall. Editors, USA TODAY, "Thai cave rescue mission, World Cup, Hurricane Beryl: 5 things to know this weekend," 7 July 2018 His eyebrows raised when the car, outfitted with a neck brace, harness and cup holder, moved to his command, jolting forward. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern students give 'freedom' by retrofitting motorized cars for kids with disabilities," 1 July 2018 Metro Detroiters, brace for a heat wave -- because scorching temperatures as high as 96 degrees are predicted for Sunday across most of southeast Michigan. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Official heat warning: Drink cool liquids, stay out of the sun, take it easy," 16 June 2018 What followed for over a month, time spent in a heavy brace, wasn’t pretty. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Alterique Gilbert Recovering, Discovering After Two Lost Seasons," 21 May 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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