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

Boston’s role on global ocean-trade maps isn’t very big, but the port city could provide a big example of how to brace coastal facilities against rising sea waters. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Storms Trigger a Surge in Boston Infrastructure Plans," 11 Feb. 2019 That all looked to be changing this summer as crude oil rose to its highest level since 2014, and experts began to brace consumers for rising airfares next year. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Squeeze your abs to brace your core and make sure your back is flat (not rounded or arched). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why the Ab Wheel Is Such a Challenging and Effective Workout Tool," 6 Dec. 2018 Moments later, as the other individuals attempted to brace the lashing animal, one person was whipped with its tail, sending them backwards. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Florida alligator caught on video head-butting trapper in brazen effort to break free," 2 Oct. 2018 But the company made sure to tell developers of current and future apps to brace for a full transition at an as-yet-unannounced time in the future. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "VMWare Fusion 11 adds support for Core i9 MacBook Pro and 18-core iMac Pro," 25 Sep. 2018 Keeping a leg ready to brace for a sudden stop requires some practice. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 An ordinance that requires all products be lab tested and tracked went into effect this summer, leading many to brace for a supply shortage. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush," 24 July 2018 Organizers behind Saturday's protests against U.S. immigration policy are warning anyone attending the rallies to brace for searing heat and humidity. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Immigration protest organizers warn marchers to brace for scorching heat," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Standing offstage, Victor Manuel Ruiz, age 17 and wearing braces, practically trembled with stage fright. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Victor Manuelle Talks Spicing Up His Salsa on '25/7' With Latin Urban Sounds," 26 Mar. 2018 Check with hardware stores for garage door retrofitting systems or braces to prevent the door from buckling inward. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence: How to prepare your home for the worst," 12 Sep. 2018 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

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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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