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brace

brace

 
 
pronunciation:
breIs
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
brace up
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a device that holds things in position, such as a clamp.
The carpenter uses a brace to hold pieces of wood in place while he works.
synonyms:
clamp, holder, vise
similar words:
clasp, clincher, coupling, mount, shore
definition 2: something that supports or steadies, such as a beam in the framework of a building.
This diagonal is the brace for this side of the structure.
synonyms:
beam, prop, reinforcement, stanchion, stay, support
similar words:
bracket, buttress, cable, cantilever, mainstay, rib, shore, strut
definition 3: a device used to support an injured part of the body.
I had to wear a knee brace after my injury.
similar words:
pad, splint, truss
definition 4: a tool used for holding and turning wood-boring bits.
similar words:
drill
definition 5: either of a pair of signs { } used to enclose words, quantities, or musical staves to be considered together.
similar words:
bracket, parenthesis
definition 6: a pair.
We spotted a brace of pheasants in the field.
synonyms:
couple, pair
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: braced, braces, bracing
definition 1: to support, hold steady, or strengthen with or as if with a brace.
They braced the drooping ceiling with a beam of timber.
synonyms:
fortify, prop, stay, strengthen, support
similar words:
buttress, clamp, reinforce, shore up, stake, stanchion, truss
definition 2: to place tightly or firmly.
He braced his arms against the doorframe.
similar words:
stabilize, steady, tense
definition 3: to steady (oneself), as against a force, shock, or disappointment.
Brace yourself for some bad news.
synonyms:
fortify, steady
similar words:
arm, gird, prepare
definition 4: to invigorate or stimulate.
The chill autumn air braced him.
synonyms:
energize, invigorate, refresh, revitalize, revive, stimulate
similar words:
fortify
phrase: brace up
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