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brace

 
Noun brace has 9 senses
  1. brace - a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"
    --1 is a kind of
    support; strengthener, reinforcement
    --1 has particulars: ankle brace; back brace; knee brace; neck brace; skeg
    Derived forms: verb brace3, verb brace2
  2. couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad - two items of the same kind
    --2 is a kind of two, 2, II, deuce
    --2 has particulars: doubleton
  3. pair, brace - a set of two similar things considered as a unit
    --3 is a kind of set
    --3 has particulars: Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Tweedledee and Tweedledum
  4. brace - either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
    --4 is a kind of
    punctuation, punctuation mark
  5. brace - a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
    --5 is a kind of
    rope
    --5 has particulars: royal brace
  6. brace, suspender, gallus - elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
    --6 is a kind of clothing, article of clothing, vesture, wear
    --6 has parts: strap, shoulder strap
  7. brace, braces - an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
    --7 is a kind of dental appliance
  8. brace, bitstock - the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit
    --8 is a kind of stock
    --8 is a part of brace and bit
  9. brace, bracing - a structural member used to stiffen a framework
    --9 is a kind of structural member; strengthener, reinforcement
    --9 is a part of framework, frame, framing
    --9 has particulars:
     crosspiece; gusset, gusset plate; guy, guy cable, guy rope; stay; stringer; strut; tie, railroad tie, crosstie, sleeper
    Derived form: verb brace3
Verb brace has 4 senses
  1. brace, poise - prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
    --1 is one way to fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
  2. brace, steady, stabilize, stabilise - support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"
    --2 is one way to strengthen, beef up, fortify
    Derived form: noun brace1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  3. brace - support by bracing
    --3 is one way to
    hold, support, sustain, hold up
    Derived forms: noun brace1, noun brace9, noun bracing1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  4. stimulate, arouse, brace, energize, energise, perk up - cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
    --4 is one way to affect
    Derived form: noun bracer2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
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