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brace - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'brace' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Brace [ n.]
- That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.
- A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.
- The state of being braced or tight; tension.
- 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.
- 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.
- A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
- A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
- A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt.
- Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
- Harness; warlike preparation.
- Armor for the arm; vantbrace.
- The mouth of a shaft.
2 . Brace [ v. i.]
- To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; -- with up.
3 . Brace [ v. t.]
- To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building.
- To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.
- To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
- To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.
- To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards.

Meaning of 'brace' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . brace [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a support that steadies or strengthens something else
Example in sentence:
  • he wore a brace on his knee
2 . brace [ v]
Meaning (2):
- support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
Example in sentence:
  • brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel
Meaning (3):
- cause to be alert and energetic
Example in sentence:
  • Coffee and tea stimulate me;
  • This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate