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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun brace:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb brace:

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Definition of the noun brace

What does brace mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: braces / brace (pair)

  1. a support that steadies or strengthens something else
    • example: he wore a brace on his knee
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: reinforcement / strengthener = a device designed to provide additional strength; support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • more specific terms:
      • ankle brace = a brace worn to strengthen the ankle
      • back brace = a brace worn to support the back
      • knee brace = a brace worn to strengthen the knee
      • neck brace = a brace worn to steady the neck
      • skeg = a brace that extends from the rear of the keel to support the rudderpost
  2. two items of the same kind
  3. a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  4. either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: punctuation / punctuation mark = the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
  5. a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: rope = a strong line
    • more specific term: royal brace = a brace to secure the royal mast
  6. elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
  7. an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
  8. a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of brace: bitstock
    • more generic word: stock = the handle end of some implements or tools
    • part of: brace and bit = a drill consisting of a bit and a brace to hold and turn it
  9. a structural member used to stiffen a framework
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of brace: bracing
    • more generic terms: reinforcement / strengthener = a device designed to provide additional strength; structural member = support that is a constituent part of any structure or building
    • more specific terms:
      • crosspiece = a transverse brace
      • gusset plate / gusset = a metal plate used to strengthen a joist
      • guy cable / guy rope / guy wire / guy = a cable, wire, or rope that is used to brace something
      • stay = brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
      • stringer = brace consisting of a longitudinal member to strengthen a fuselage or hull
      • strut = brace consisting of a bar or rod used to resist longitudinal compression
      • railroad tie / crosstie / sleeper / tie = one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track
    • part of: frame / framework = a structure supporting or containing something

Alternative definition of the noun brace


  1. [obsolete] Armor for the arm; vambrace.
  2. [obsolete] A measurement of length, originally representing a person's outstretched arms.
  3. A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.
  4. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.
  5. A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension
  6. A thong used to regulate the tension of a drum.
  7. A vertical curved line or "curly bracket":  {  or  }  connecting two or more words or lines, which are to be considered together, such as in [role, roll]; or, in music, used to connect staves.
  8. A pair, a couple; originally used of dogs, and later of animals generally and then other things. (The plural in this sense is unchanged.)
  9. 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.
  10. [nautical] A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.
  11. The mouth of a shaft.
  12. (usually plural) Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.
  13. (usually plural) A system of wires, brackets, and elastic bands used to correct crooked teeth.
  14. [soccer] Two goals scored by one player in a game.

Specialised definition of the noun brace

Glossary of sports / canoeing

a recovery stroke used to prevent the canoe from capsizing (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb brace

What does brace mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: braced | bracing | braces

  1. prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonym of brace: poise
    • more generic terms: fix / gear up / prepare / ready / set / set up = make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    • more specific words: nerve / steel = get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
  2. support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
    • example: brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of brace: stabilise / stabilize / steady
    • more generic terms: beef up / fortify / strengthen = make strong or stronger
    • more specific words:
      • ballast = make steady with a ballast
      • guy = steady or support with a guy wire or cable
  3. support by bracing
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: hold / hold up / support / sustain = be the physical support of
    • more specific word: tread = brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
  4. cause to be alert and energetic

Alternative definition of the verb brace


  1. To prepare for something bad, as an impact or blow. All hands, brace for impact!
  2. [nautical] To swing round the yards of a square rigged ship, using braces, to present a more efficient sail surface to the direction of the wind
  3. To stop someone for questioning, usually said of police
  4. To confront with questions, demands or requests


Who is Brace?

Brace: Eddy Brace Rashid MacDonald, shortened to Brace, is a Dutch singer, who collaborates with famous Dutch rapper Ali B, who helped to bring Brace to stardom after their first musical collaboration on the hit single Moppie released in the summer of 2004.

Phrases with Brace

Phrases starting with the word Brace:

  1. Brace by
  2. Brace in
  3. brace up
  4. Brace Abox
  5. Brace Aback
  6. Brace About
  7. Brace Sharp
  8. brace wrench
  9. brace and bit
  10. Brace's Aster

Phrases ending with the word Brace:

  1. back brace
  2. knee brace
  3. Left Brace
  4. neck brace
  5. ankle brace
  6. royal brace
  7. Score a Brace

Other phrases containing the word Brace:

  1. To Brace in
  2. to brace up
  3. To Brace About

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Brace

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Google previewSea Kayaking (2013)

by Philip Woodhouse

Low brace The low brace is a pushing down motion using the bracing blade's back face against the water for support.

Google previewPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Review: Pearls of ...

The four-poster brace is a rigid orthosis with anterior and posterior chest pads connected by a leather strap Molded occipital and mandibular support pieces connect to the chest pads and have adjustable struts. Straps connect the occipital and ...

Google previewComplete Procedure Coding Book (2016)

by CTI Reviews

An orthopaedic brace, 'appliance', or simply brace is an orthopaedic device used to: •Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment for a particular reason•To restrict movement in a given direction•To assist ...

Google previewSea Kayak Strokes (2007)

A Guide to Efficient Paddling Skills by Doug Alderson

Learning to brace is a circular problem; you need good bracing to be confident in rough water, and you need to be confident in rough water to develop good bracing. Practice begins with simulated capsizes in calm water and continues on to ...

Google previewTempli Carmina (1832)

Songs of the Temple, Or, Bridgewater Collection of Sacred Music

y piece to show how many parts move together, or comA Brace is a connecting line at the beginning of : E pose the ...

Google previewClubfoot (2009)

Ponseti Management by Lynn Staheli

A narrow brace is a common reason for a lack of compliance. The bar should be bent 5 to 10 degrees with the convexity away from the child, to hold the feet in dorsiflexion. The brace should be worn full time (day and night) for the first 3 ...

Google previewSurvival Wisdom & Know How (2012)

Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness by The Editors of Stackpole Books

The sweeping high brace is a simple variation of the forward stroke. 2. Roll the boat over.

Google previewErgonomics in Manufacturing (1998)

Raising Productivity Through Workplace Improvement by Waldemar Karwowski, Gavriel Salvendy

The Harris brace is a low-back orthosis with a pelvic and thoracic band and four upright bars connecting the two bands. Two of the uprights are paraspinal in position and the other two are lateral. In front, two canvas flaps covering the ...

Google previewPROC TEMPLATE Made Easy (2013)

A Guide for SAS Users by Kevin D. Smith

The first word after the curly brace is the function name and all content up until the matching closing curly brace (}) are arguments to the function. In the case of the style function, the arguments are the style override itself and the text to format.

Google previewWarman's Tools Field Guide (2011)

by Clarence Blanchard

Braces & Bits A brace is a form of hand-held boring device fitted. Braces & Bits.

Google previewClosed Functional Treatment of Fractures (2012)

by Augusto Sarmiento, Loren Latta

that a varus moment will be applied to the fracture site even with the use of a fracture brace and a sling, d The true mechanical significance of the use of a fracture brace is the ability to perform pendulum exercises with the elbow in extension.

Google previewManaging the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (2007)

by Randall T. Schapiro, MD, FAAN

may need a metal brace that fits outside the shoe if you are experiencing a significant increase in tone at the ankle, which is perceived as stiffness. The brace is a spring-loaded device that 58 PART II • Managing Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms.

Google previewAtlas of Small Animal Wound Management and Reconstructive Surgery (2011)

by Michael M. Pavletic

The body brace is a simple aluminum bar device designed to prevent the dog from twisting its body to reach a caudal body region. They are most commonly used to prevent a patient from disturbing a surgical area or surgical drain involving ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Medical Manipulation (2012)

by J.K. Paterson, L. Burn

This has led Macnab in 1977 to write, the most important component of the spinal brace is the abdominal binder”. This evidence has led to the increasing popularity of abdominal strengthening exercises in the treatment of low back pain . This is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Architecture and Building (1905)

Biographical, Historical, and Descriptive by Russell Sturgis

BRACE. A piece or member, generally long as compared to its lateral dimensions, used to stiffen or steady another member or structure; specifically : — A bar introduced into a framework to prevent distortion or change of shape, ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

BRACE. BRACKET. 6. The stays of a printing-press, which serve to Veep it steady in its position. 3. ( Vehicle. ) a. An iron strap passing from the head-block, behind Kg. 854. and below the axle, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction (2010)

New York: Harcourt Brace. Woolf, V. (1919). Night and Day.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance: A-J (2004)

by Cary D. Wintz, Paul Finkelman

Harcourt Brace Harcourt Brace was founded on 29 July 1919, in New York City, by Alfred Harcourt and Donald Brace, both of whom had worked for Henry Holt and Company for fifteen years.

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Quotes about Brace

Rather a single grape for me than a brace of figs for thee.
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Scrabble value of B3R1A1C3E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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