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brace

brace

 
pronunciation:
breIs
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that holds things in position.
The carpenter uses a brace to hold pieces of wood in place while he works.
synonyms:
clamp, holder, vise
similar words:
clasp, mount
definition 2: something that steadies or gives support to.
Julie wore a knee brace after her injury.
synonyms:
beam, prop, stay, support
similar words:
bracket, buttress, cable, mainstay, rib
definition 3: a tool used for holding and turning bits that bore holes in wood.
similar words:
drill
definition 4: a pair.
We spotted a brace of pheasants in the meadow this morning.
synonyms:
couple, pair
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: braced, braces, bracing
definition 1: to support, hold steady, or provide strength with or as if with a brace.
They braced the ceiling with a strong beam of wood.
synonyms:
fortify, prop, strengthen, support
similar words:
buttress, clamp, reinforce, stake
definition 2: to prepare and steady for a shock, disappointment, or force.
Brace yourself for some bad news.
synonyms:
steady
similar words:
arm, prepare
definition 3: to give energy to.
The chill autumn air braced him.
synonyms:
refresh, revive, stimulate
similar words:
fortify
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