brace1 [brās]
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 firmly
2. to tighten, esp. by stretching
3. to strengthen or make firm by supporting the weight of, resisting the pressure of, etc.; prop up
4. to equip or support with braces
5. to make ready for an impact, shock, etc.: often used reflexively
6. to give vigor or energy to; stimulate; invigorate
7. to get a firm hold with (the hands or feet)
8. Slang to ask a loan or handout from
[ME < OFr, armful, fathom < L brachia]
1. two of a kind; a couple; pair, as of hounds, game animals, or pistols
2. a device that clasps or connects to keep something firmly in place; fastener
3. [pl.] Brit. suspenders
4. a device for setting up or maintaining tension, as a guy wire
a) either of the signs , used to connect or enclose words or items to be considered together
b) such a sign used to connect two or more staves of a musical score
c) the set of staves so connected
6. a device, as a beam, used as a support, to resist strain or pressure, etc.; prop
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 cast
b) [often pl.] a device attached to the teeth in order to move them gradually into better occlusion
8. a tool for holding and rotating a drilling bit
9. Informal a rigid position of exaggerated attention, as that assumed by underclassmen at military academies
☆ brace up
to call forth one's courage, resolution, etc., as after defeat or disappointment
brace2 [brās]
[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 deck
braced, bracing
Naut. to move (a yard) by means of a brace

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