- bracebrace1 [brās]vt.braced, bracing [ME bracen < OFr bracer, to brace, embrace < L brachia, pl. of brachium, an arm < Gr brachiōn, arm, upper arm < brachys, short (in contrast to the longer lower arm): see MERRY]1. to tie or bind on firmly2. to tighten, esp. by stretching3. to strengthen or make firm by supporting the weight of, resisting the pressure of, etc.; prop up4. to equip or support with braces5. to make ready for an impact, shock, etc.: often used reflexively6. to give vigor or energy to; stimulate; invigorate7. to get a firm hold with (the hands or feet)☆ 8. Slang to ask a loan or handout fromn.[ME < OFr, armful, fathom < L brachia]1. two of a kind; a couple; pair, as of hounds, game animals, or pistols2. a device that clasps or connects to keep something firmly in place; fastener3. [pl.] Brit. suspenders4. a device for setting up or maintaining tension, as a guy wire5.a) either of the signs , used to connect or enclose words or items to be considered togetherb) such a sign used to connect two or more staves of a musical scorec) the set of staves so connected6. a device, as a beam, used as a support, to resist strain or pressure, etc.; prop7.a) any of various devices for supporting a weak or malformed part of the body: often intended for permanent use in contrast to a splint or castb) [often pl.] a device attached to the teeth in order to move them gradually into better occlusion8. a tool for holding and rotating a drilling bit☆ 9. Informal a rigid position of exaggerated attention, as that assumed by underclassmen at military academiesSYN.- PAIR——————☆ brace upto call forth one's courage, resolution, etc., as after defeat or disappointmentbrace2 [brās]n.[Fr bras (de vergue), brace (of a yard) < L brachium: see BRACE1]Naut. a rope passed through a block at the end of a yard, used to swing the yard about from the deckvt.braced, bracingNaut. to move (a yard) by means of a brace
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.