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Definition of "brace" [brace]

  • A device that holds or fastens two or more parts together or in place; a clamp. (noun)
  • A device, such as a supporting beam in a building or a connecting wire or rope, that steadies or holds something else erect. (noun)
  • Chiefly British Suspenders. (noun)
  • An orthopedic appliance used to support, align, or hold a bodily part in the correct position. (noun)
  • A dental appliance constructed of bands and wires that is fixed to the teeth to correct irregular alignment. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • A hand tool for drilling holes, with a socket to hold the drill at one end and a cranked handle by which the tool can be turned (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Something that steadies, binds, or holds up another thing (noun)
  • A structural member, such as a beam or prop, used to stiffen a framework (noun)
  • A sliding loop, usually of leather, attached to the cords of a drum: used to change its tension (noun)
  • A pair; two, esp of game birds (noun)
  • Either of a pair of characters, { }, used for connecting lines of printing or writing or as a third sign of aggregation in complex mathematical or logical expressions that already contain parentheses and square brackets (noun)
  • A line or bracket connecting two or more staves of music (noun)
  • An appliance of metal bands and wires that can be tightened to maintain steady pressure on the teeth for correcting uneven alignment (noun)
  • Any of various appliances for supporting the trunk, a limb, or teeth (noun)
  • (in square-rigged sailing ships) a rope that controls the movement of a yard and thus the position of a sail (noun)
  • To provide, strengthen, or fit with a brace (verb)
  • To steady or prepare (oneself or something) as before an impact (verb)
  • To stimulate; freshen; invigorate (verb)
  • To control the horizontal movement of (the yards of a square-rigged sailing ship) (verb)

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Use "brace" in a sentence
  • "The term brace, which imports a pair, was employed."
  • "Going back to a brace is a step backward; digression."
  • "But the point I refer to is this: the old instrument, the trepan, had a handle like a wimble, what we call a brace or bit-stock."