Definitions English

  • A device that holds or fastens two or more parts together or in place; a clamp.
  • A device, such as a supporting beam in a building or a connecting wire or rope, that steadies or holds something else erect.
  • Chiefly British Suspenders.
  • An orthopedic appliance used to support, align, or hold a bodily part in the correct position.
  • A dental appliance constructed of bands and wires that is fixed to the teeth to correct irregular alignment. Often used in the plural.
  • An extremely stiff, erect posture.
  • A cause or source of renewed physical or spiritual vigor.
  • A protective pad strapped to the bow arm of an archer.
  • Nautical A rope by which a yard is swung and secured on a square-rigged ship.
  • A cranklike handle with an adjustable aperture at one end for securing and turning a bit.
  • Music A leather loop that slides to change the tension on the cord of a drum.
  • Music A vertical line, usually accompanied by the symbol {, connecting two or more staffs.
  • Music A set of staffs connected in this way.
  • A symbol, { or }, enclosing two or more lines of text or listed items to show that they are considered as a unit.
  • Mathematics Either of a pair of symbols, { }, used to indicate aggregation or to clarify the grouping of quantities when parentheses and square brackets have already been used. Also called bracket.
  • A pair of like things: three brace of partridges.
  • To furnish with a brace.
  • To support or hold steady with or as if with a brace; reinforce.
  • To prepare or position so as to be ready for impact or danger: Union members braced themselves for a confrontation with management.
  • To confront with questions or requests.
  • To increase the tension of.
  • To invigorate; stimulate: "The freshness of the September morning inspired and braced him” ( Thomas Hardy).
  • Nautical To turn (the yards of a ship) by the braces.
  • To get ready; make preparations.
  • brace up To summon one's strength or endurance.