brac·​ing ˈbrā-siŋ How to pronounce bracing (audio)
: giving strength, vigor, or freshness
a bracing breeze
bracingly adverb

Examples of bracing in a Sentence

a chilly but bracing day
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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bracing was in 1752

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“Bracing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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