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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brace  \Brace\,  n.  [OF.  brace,  brasse,  the  two  arms,  embrace, 
  fathom,  F.  brasse  fathom,  fr  L.  bracchia  the  arms  (stretched 
  out),  pl  of  bracchium  arm;  cf  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  That  which  holds  anything  tightly  or  supports  it  firmly;  a 
  bandage  or  a  prop. 
 
  2.  A  cord,  ligament,  or  rod,  for  producing  or  maintaining 
  tension,  as  a  cord  on  the  side  of  a  drum. 
 
  The  little  bones  of  the  ear  drum  do  in  straining  and 
  relaxing  it  as  the  braces  of  the  war  drum  do  in 
  that  --Derham. 
 
  3.  The  state  of  being  braced  or  tight;  tension. 
 
  The  laxness  of  the  tympanum,  when  it  has  lost  its 
  brace  or  tension.  --Holder. 
 
  4.  (Arch.  &  Engin.)  A  piece  of  material  used  to  transmit,  or 
  change  the  direction  of  weight  or  pressure;  any  one  of 
  the  pieces,  in  a  frame  or  truss,  which  divide  the 
  structure  into  triangular  parts  It  may  act  as  a  tie,  or 
  as  a  strut,  and  serves  to  prevent  distortion  of  the 
  structure,  and  transverse  strains  in  its  members.  A  boiler 
  brace  is  a  diagonal  stay,  connecting  the  head  with  the 
  shell. 
 
  5.  (Print.)  A  vertical  curved  line  connecting  two  or  more 
  words  or  lines,  which  are  to  be  taken  together;  thus 
  boll,  bowl;  or  in  music,  used  to  connect  staves. 
 
  6.  (Naut.)  A  rope  reeved  through  a  block  at  the  end  of  a 
  yard,  by  which  the  yard  is  moved  horizontally;  also  a 
  rudder  gudgeon. 
 
  7.  (Mech.)  A  curved  instrument  or  handle  of  iron  or  wood,  for 
  holding  and  turning  bits,  etc.;  a  bitstock. 
 
  8.  A  pair;  a  couple;  as  a  brace  of  ducks;  now  rarely  applied 
  to  persons,  except  familiarly  or  with  some  contempt.  ``A 
  brace  of  greyhounds.''  --Shak. 
 
  He  is  said  to  have  shot  .  .  .  fifty  brace  of 
  pheasants.  --Addison. 
 
  A  brace  of  brethren,  both  bishops,  both  eminent  for 
  learning  and  religion,  now  appeared  in  the  church. 
  --Fuller. 
 
  But  you  my  brace  of  lords.  --Shak. 
 
  9.  pl  Straps  or  bands  to  sustain  trousers;  suspenders. 
 
  I  embroidered  for  you  a  beautiful  pair  of  braces. 
  --Thackeray. 
 
  10.  Harness;  warlike  preparation.  [Obs.] 
 
  For  that  it  stands  not  in  such  warlike  brace. 
  --Shak. 
 
  11.  Armor  for  the  arm;  vantbrace. 
 
  12.  (Mining)  The  mouth  of  a  shaft.  [Cornwall] 
 
  {Angle  brace}.  See  under  {Angle}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brace  \Brace\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Braced};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bracing}.] 
  1.  To  furnish  with  braces;  to  support;  to  prop;  as  to  brace 
  a  beam  in  a  building. 
 
  2.  To  draw  tight;  to  tighten;  to  put  in  a  state  of  tension; 
  to  strain;  to  strengthen;  as  to  brace  the  nerves. 
 
  And  welcome  war  to  brace  her  drums.  --Campbell. 
 
  3.  To  bind  or  tie  closely;  to  fasten  tightly. 
 
  The  women  of  China,  by  bracing  and  binding  them  from 
  their  infancy,  have  very  little  feet.  --Locke. 
 
  Some  who  spurs  had  first  braced  on  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  4.  To  place  in  a  position  for  resisting  pressure;  to  hold 
  firmly;  as  he  braced  himself  against  the  crowd. 
 
  A  sturdy  lance  in  his  right  hand  he  braced. 
  --Fairfax. 
 
  5.  (Naut.)  To  move  around  by  means  of  braces;  as  to  brace 
  the  yards. 
 
  {To  brace  about}  (Naut.),  to  turn  (a  yard)  round  for  the 
  contrary  tack. 
 
  {To  brace  a  yard}  (Naut.),  to  move  it  horizontally  by  means 
  of  a  brace. 
 
  {To  brace  in}  (Naut.),  to  turn  (a  yard)  by  hauling  in  the 
  weather  brace. 
 
  {To  brace  one's  self},  to  call  up  one's  energies.  ``He  braced 
  himself  for  an  effort  which  he  was  little  able  to  make.'' 
  --J.  D.  Forbes. 
 
  {To  brace  to}  (Naut.),  to  turn  (a  yard)  by  checking  or  easing 
  off  the  lee  brace,  and  hauling  in  the  weather  one  to 
  assist  in  tacking. 
 
  {To  brace  up}  (Naut.),  to  bring  (a  yard)  nearer  the  direction 
  of  the  keel  by  hauling  in  the  lee  brace. 
 
  {To  brace  up  sharp}  (Naut.),  to  turn  (a  yard)  as  far  forward 
  as  the  rigging  will  permit. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brace  \Brace\,  v.  i. 
  To  get  tone  or  vigor;  to  rouse  one's  energies;  --  with  up 
  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  brace 
  n  1:  a  support  that  steadies  or  strengthens  something  else;  "he 
  wore  a  brace  on  his  knee" 
  2:  two  items  of  the  same  kind  [syn:  {couple},  {doubleton},  {pair}, 
  {twosome},  {twain},  {span},  {yoke},  {couplet},  {distich}, 
  {duo},  {duet},  {dyad},  {duad}] 
  3:  a  set  of  two  similar  things  considered  as  a  unit  [syn:  {pair}] 
  4:  either  of  two  punctuation  marks  ({  or  })  used  to  enclose 
  textual  material 
  5:  a  rope  on  a  square-rigged  ship  that  is  used  to  swing  a  yard 
  about  and  secure  it 
  6:  straps  that  hold  trousers  up  (usually  used  in  the  plural) 
  [syn:  {suspender},  {gallus}] 
  7:  an  appliance  that  corrects  dental  irregularities  [syn:  {braces}] 
  8:  the  stock  of  a  tool  used  for  turning  a  drilling  bit  [syn:  {bitstock}] 
  9:  a  structural  member  used  to  stiffen  a  framework  [syn:  {bracing}] 
  v  1:  prepare  (oneself)  for  something  unpleasant  or  difficult 
  [syn:  {poise}] 
  2:  support  or  hold  steady,  as  if  with  a  brace;  "brace  your 
  elbows  while  working  on  the  potter's  wheel"  [syn:  {steady}] 
  3:  support  by  bracing 
  4:  cause  to  be  alert  and  energetic;  "Coffee  and  tea  stimulate 
  me"  [syn:  {stimulate},  {arouse},  {energize},  {energise},  {perk 
  up}]  [ant:  {de-energize},  {sedate}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  brace 
 
    {left  brace}  or  {right  brace}. 
 
 




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