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Brace meaning

brace - 20 dictionary results

  1. 1. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.
  2. 2. A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.
  3. 3. The state of being braced or tight; tension.
  4. 4. A piece of material used to transmit, or change the direction of, weight or pressure; any one of the pieces, in a frame or truss, which divide the structure into triangular parts. It may act as a tie, or as a strut, and serves to prevent distortion of the structure, and transverse strains in its members. A boiler brace is a diagonal stay, connecting the head with the shell.
  5. 5. A vertical curved line connecting two or more words or lines, which are to be taken together; thus, boll, bowl; or, in music, used to connect staves.
  6. 6. A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
  7. 7. A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
  8. 8. A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt.
  9. 9. Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
  10. 10. Harness; warlike preparation.
  11. 11. Armor for the arm; vantbrace.
  12. 12. The mouth of a shaft.
  13. 13. To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building.
  14. 14. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.
  15. 15. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
  16. 16. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.
  17. 17. To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards.
  18. 18. To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; - with up.
  19. 19. Anything which holds; a pair; a connecting sign in printing, Braces, straps that hold the trousers; ropes to turn a ship's yards.
  20. 20. To tighten; strengthen; bind.

brace - examples of usage

  1. " Starboard fore brace," he sung out. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  2. I was leaning over the port rail, by the fore brace- lock, staring down into the sea, when Tammy came to me. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  3. The Second Mate was singing out: " Lee fore brace." - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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