- That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a
bandage or a prop.
- A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining
tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.
- The state of being braced or tight; tension.
- 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.
- 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.
- A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which
the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
- A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding
and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
- A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied
to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt.
- Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
- Harness; warlike preparation.
- Armor for the arm; vantbrace.
- The mouth of a shaft. - To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; -- with
up. - To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace
a beam in a building.
- To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension;
to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.
- To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
- To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold
firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.
- To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the