Meaning of BRACE in English


/brays/ , n. , v. , braced, bracing .


1. something that holds parts together or in place, as a clasp or clamp.

2. anything that imparts rigidity or steadiness.

3. Also called bitbrace, bitstock . Mach. a device for holding and turning a bit for boring or drilling.

4. Building Trades. a piece of timber, metal, etc., for supporting or positioning another piece or portion of a framework.

5. Naut. (on a square-rigged ship) a rope by which a yard is swung about and secured horizontally.

6. Music. leather loops sliding upon the tightening cords of a drum to change their tension and the drum's pitch.

7. Often, braces . Dentistry. a round or flat metal wire placed against the surfaces of the teeth for straightening irregularly arranged teeth.

8. Med. an appliance for supporting a weak joint or joints.

9. braces , Chiefly Brit. suspender (def. 1).

10. a pair; couple: a brace of grouse.

11. Printing.

a. one of two characters { or } used to enclose words or lines to be considered together.

b. bracket (def. 7).

12. Music. connected staves.

13. a protective band covering the wrist or lower part of the arm, esp. a bracer.

14. Mil. a position of attention with exaggeratedly stiff posture.


15. to furnish, fasten, or strengthen with or as if with a brace.

16. to fix firmly; make steady; secure against pressure or impact: He braces himself when the ship rolls. Brace yourself for some bad news.

17. to make tight; increase the tension of.

18. to act as a stimulant to.

19. Naut. to swing or turn around (the yards of a ship) by means of the braces.

20. Mil. to order (a subordinate) to assume and maintain a brace.


21. Mil. to assume a brace.

22. brace in , Naut. to brace (the yards of a square-rigged vessel) more nearly athwartships, as for running free.

23. brace up , Informal. to summon up one's courage; become resolute: She choked back her tears and braced up.

[ 1300-50; (n.) ME bra ( c ) chia pl. (taken as fem. sing.) of bra ( c ) chium arm ( bracen ( bracier, deriv. of brace; cf. EMBRACE 1 ), in part. deriv. of the n. ]

Syn. 1. vise. 4. stay, prop, strut. 10. See pair. 15. support, fortify, prop. 17. tauten, tense. 18. fortify.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .