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brace

noun (n)

  • a support that steadies or strengthens something else (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    He wore a brace on his knee.
    source: wordnet30
  • two items of the same kind (noun.quantity)
    source: wordnet30
  • a set of two similar things considered as a unit (noun.group)
    Synonym: pair
    source: wordnet30
  • either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural) (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: gallus, suspender
    source: wordnet30
  • an appliance that corrects dental irregularities (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: bitstock
    source: wordnet30
  • a structural member used to stiffen a framework (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: bracing
    source: wordnet30
  • That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: poise
    source: wordnet30
  • support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel.
    source: wordnet30
  • support by bracing (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to be alert and energetic (verb.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; -- with up. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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