brac·​ing | \ ˈbrā-siŋ How to pronounce bracing (audio) \

Definition of bracing

: giving strength, vigor, or freshness a bracing breeze

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Other Words from bracing

bracingly adverb

Examples of bracing in a Sentence

a chilly but bracing day
Recent Examples on the Web Beyond its practical implications for millions of Americans, the ruling is a bracing defeat for social conservatives, the Trump administration, and the conservative legal movement. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Neil Gorsuch Just Upended the Conservative Legal Project," 15 June 2020 But unlike her forebear, Kawakami writes with a bracing lack of sentimentality, particularly when describing the lives of women. Katie Kitamura, New York Times, "A Japanese Literary Star Joins Her Peers on Western Bookshelves," 7 Apr. 2020 With the system disabled on a bracing 45-degree day, a 30-mph pace was uncomfortable and a 70-mph one bordered on painful. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Wind Shield: McLaren's Latest Aero Trick," 16 May 2020 The film won the Berlinale Golden Bear for its bracing portrayal of life in modern-day Iran. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Berlin Golden Bear Winner 'There Is No Evil' Lands at Kino Lorber," 10 Apr. 2020 Broad strokes can be just as emotionally potent as diaristic impulses, but from her earliest songs, her lyrics have always communicated a bracing amount of information in digestible fashion, a consistently stunning high-wire act. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Taylor Swift Emerges From the Darkness Unbroken on ‘Lover’," 23 Aug. 2019 Still, the bracing pace may not be enough for Trump. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "With the coronavirus surging, Trump wants science to move far faster. It can’t," 19 Mar. 2020 Norton plays the vast and intricate composition with glittering angularity and tactile intensity, intellectual grandeur and joyful energy that make it, from the start, no less bracing and imaginative than Glenn Gould’s celebrated 1955 recording. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "An Underheralded Pianist Whose Life’s Work Is on YouTube," 12 Mar. 2020 That book also told its story via a series of short, bracing paragraphs — many of them a single sentence or two — that easily could stand alone as tiny, Lydia Davis-like stories. Jake Cline, Washington Post, "In Jenny Offill’s ‘Weather,’ the end of the world is only part of the problem," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bracing

1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bracing was in 1752

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26 Jun 2020

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“Bracing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bracing

: pleasantly cool or cold

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