Adjective "brace" definition and examples

(Brace may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/breɪs/

Definitions and examples

noun

A device fitted to something, in particular a weak or injured part of the body, to give support.
  1. 'There's a role for braces and other supporting devices when rehabilitating an injury.'
  2. 'McAllan, who has just returned to the sport after being out for nearly a year following knee surgery, will spend the next six weeks in a body brace.'
  3. 'Specialist equipment such as splints, callipers and braces can help with paralysis and contractures.'
  4. 'Traditional and conservative treatments include bed rest, ice followed by heat therapy, medication regimens, braces, and physical therapy.'
  5. 'Nutritional supplements, braces, exercise, medication, and heel wedges are some of the new treatments available, according to the release.'
  6. 'There can be problems with the length of time your child is required to wear the brace and the embarrassment it may cause.'
  7. 'He called 911 and they came immediately, placing a brace around my neck and put my lifeless body on a board.'
  8. 'Mr Hill was shaking with shock and reaction and taken to hospital with a neck brace, though doctors later decided he had no broken bones.'
  9. 'Wearing a neck brace because of chronic back pain, Anwar walked into his home with dozens of police and prison guards.'
  10. 'Roberta had been using the laptop during the school day to help her with her work because of a medical condition which forces her to wear a body brace and restricts her ability to write at a desk.'
  11. 'When building the legs and braces that support your workbench, don't use finished lumber!'
  12. 'In addition buy a package of four corner braces.'
  13. 'The gable braces along the exterior and the trim around all the windows help define the house.'
  14. 'For large repairs, build a wooden form and hold it in place with wooden braces, bricks, concrete blocks, or similar heavy objects.'
  15. 'Moonlight spilled from the tower's crosshatched iron braces and, pooling at the foot of the steps, seemed to invite me up.'
  16. 'All members with the exception of the collar ties and wind braces are mortised and tenoned together with long tapered pins that secure the joints.'
  17. 'Apply a bead of sealant on the backsplash, push the counter against the wall, and attach the top from below with screws installed through cabinet corner braces.'
  18. 'Once the cap plate is in place you can remove the temporary braces.'
  19. 'They were shackled to the metal braces of the building brace.'
  20. 'Complete the main frame by adding the two handle braces, the plywood floor, the roost bar and the nest box.'
  21. 'The second phase consists of the removal of extra teeth, the insertion of dental implants if teeth are missing, and the straightening of teeth using braces.'
  22. 'Whether you're looking to perk up your tooth color or straighten without braces, there are more options now - for every budget - than ever before.'
  23. 'Children whose teeth fall out early due to decay, may not have straight adult teeth and require a dental brace.'
  24. 'This sounded like an urban legend at the time, but track writers agreed at the time that they had never seen so many adults suddenly wearing braces on their teeth.'
  25. 'It is used for canker sores, mouth ulcers resulting from chemotherapy and irritation from braces or dentures.'
  26. 'He comments on my smile, how straight my teeth are without braces, and how white they seem.'
  27. 'What once was a symbol of preteen anguish - a mouth filled with metal wires and braces - has become a relic of the past.'
  28. 'As a child, I had asthma, wore corrective shoes, had braces on my teeth, wore eyeglasses and was labeled as dyslexic.'
  29. 'He was wearing glasses and had his hair spiked up, and Christy caught the glint of braces on his teeth.'
  30. 'He dutifully screamed, exposing the braces gilding his teeth.'
  31. 'The tool also includes a means for rotating the cutting edge, usually using a brace or bit stock, a wrench, or a handle.'
  32. 'A Hudson brace and Gigli saw are used to perform a basic craniotomy, and the cost of these items is minimal compared to the cost of a power drill.'
  33. 'He presented a broad overview of bit history and discussed many types of boring tools for the brace, including several types of bits.'
  34. 'The sail were loosed and reefed, furled and unfurled, braces manned, halyards tested.'
A pair of straps that pass over the shoulders and fasten to the top of trousers at the front and back to hold them up.
  1. 'Farm labourers stand on top of the thrashing machine in shirt sleeves and braces, waiting for work to begin.'
  2. 'At work he wears tailor-made suits, smart shirts and braces.'
  3. 'Today I went into town to purchase a pair of braces (the ones I got are in red) for a 4 year old.'
  4. 'He is a typical city boy, red braces, no socks and plenty of arrogance.'
  5. 'He is wearing a chocolate brown moleskin suit, a dark shirt and tartan clip-on braces, one of which has come adrift.'
  6. 'R.L. comes lumbering out onto the porch, looking old and tired, wearing mud-smeared trousers held up with braces and a checked shirt fraying at the collar.'
  7. 'He's wearing a white shirt with a stiff collar, black trousers with braces, and dancing shoes with leather spats.'
  8. 'He wore a bowler hat, white shirt, trousers and braces like the main character and would become aggressive and menacing when he played the film music.'
  9. 'The tight fitting black and white clothing is quite the opposite of the clowns colourful baggy trousers with braces, and giant floppy shoes.'
  10. 'I passed an old man wearing cloth cap and braces and riding a totally rusted bike.'
A pair of something, typically of birds or mammals killed in hunting.
  1. 'Ketheral looked around the inside of the armory, picked up a chainwhip, a normal whip, a brace of throwing knives, and a couple of shields.'
  2. 'There's only one good way to cook a brace of coneys.'
  3. 'A brace of ptarmigan flutter away for dear life.'
  4. 'The saloon deck was a Noah's Ark of Labradorians: there were Celts two by two, pairs of Indians, a brace of hunters and thick, hot knots of Inuit and icemen.'
  5. 'I had a pretty dinner for them, viz. a brace of stewed carp, six roast chickens and a jowl of hot salmon.'
  6. 'Writing throughout his sideman career, the guitarist found himself with a brace of songs that reflected not only his love of rock, but also his interest in other types of music.'
  7. 'Kieran O'Callaghan added a brace of points, but Monaleen were determined to have the last say, with Pat Carroll and Dave McAuliffe finding their range.'
  8. 'The morning after he is nominated for a brace of Oscars (script and direction) for Vera Drake, Mike Leigh is holed up in an unremarkable office in a London side street.'
  9. 'Among the groups and couples were a brace of men eating in appreciative silence at tables for one - something I've always thought is a sign of a top kitchen.'
  10. 'A brace of £60,000 races highlight a cracking card at Haydock, where Time Ahead will surely take all the beating in the bet 365 Lancashire Oaks.'
Either of the two marks { and }, used either to indicate that two or more items on one side have the same relationship as each other to the single item to which the other side points, or in pairs to show that words between them are connected.
  1. 'Chapter 1 covers what a LaTeX command does - the meaning of all those backslashes and curly braces.'
  2. 'Note that parentheses indicate faces, whereas braces indicate forms.'
  3. 'Seldom used in ordinary writing, brace or curly brackets are common in mathematics and other formulaic usage, where they serve to enclose complex sets of symbols.'
  4. 'Putting a bunch of music expressions (e.g., notes) in braces means that they should be played in sequence.'

verb

Make (a structure) stronger or firmer with wood, iron, or other forms of support.
  1. 'A tilt-up concrete shear wall braces a wood-frame structure, and a steel frame supports the cantilever.'
  2. 'The frame is braced with a steel support to preserve its integrity, and then the destructive fun begins.'
  3. 'Light seismic frames brace the existing concrete structure with minimal disruption of the original space or the soil below.'
  4. 'Angled legs prevent the arch from flattening and the structure is further braced by four cross frames which also accommodate cross walls.'
  5. 'It is much stronger than the rest of the hull, often reinforced with extra ribs bracing the inside.'
  6. 'The Duramount is a laminate mounted onto a smooth, thin board which is then braced with a sturdy, lightweight wood frame on the back.'
  7. 'To support the areas with higher slab thicknesses, additional MEP gates were used to brace the post shores so they could be charged with higher loads.'
  8. 'The channels are braced back to the structure with aluminum clips where required to resist wind pressure.'
  9. 'Full-height, double-glazed sheets brace the structure and barely divide interior from exterior.'
  10. 'he stood with legs braced'
  11. 'By twisting her body and bracing her legs to counteract the momentum, she barely managed to prevent herself from falling face-first onto the hard, grimy pavement.'
  12. 'He went to the table and braced himself, palms flat against the rough wood.'
  13. 'She stood with her hands braced firmly on her hips.'
  14. 'He braced his body to stand as he got up, and his asleep leg almost buckled underneath him, but his hand found the wall just in time.'
  15. 'Her legs were in a ridiculous bunch at the edge of her bed, while her arms groped blindly for a sturdy surface to brace her body.'
  16. 'Sit in the machine with your back braced against the support and your feet placed under the cushions.'
  17. 'Your form will be challenged because only one side of your body is performing the movements, while the other side is in a very different position, bracing your body.'
  18. 'With your right arm, grasp the dumbbell with an overhand grip and place your left hand firmly on your left thigh to brace your upper body.'
  19. 'Rose of Sharon braced her body against the movements of the car in an effort to protect her fetus.'
  20. 'I suggest he brace his leg against the wall so he doesn't fall over on the turn.'
  21. 'Along with most of my neighbors in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, I was braced for the presidential transition.'
  22. 'After seven preparatory years and legions of cautionary tales, you'd have to say we were braced for it.'
  23. 'But we should probably brace ourselves for further tales from the dark side as supporters, players and officials merge into a mindless mass.'
  24. 'It is rare three such opportunities to buy into Rosemount arrive at once and the Brechin office of selling agent FPDSavills is bracing itself for a strong demand.'
  25. 'Then they went home and played the accursed thing, and second-hand shops nationwide braced themselves for the deluge.'
  26. 'I even used celery - normally something I can't stand, but I braced myself and figured it would help bring the flavors together.'
  27. 'So it's time to put my strong head on, brace myself and get on with the matter in hand of hopefully offering some support where I can.'
  28. 'The night passed peacefully at Bradford Royal Infirmary, although staff were braced for a traditionally busy one.'
  29. 'So we were braced for hostile reactions, but it all went off pretty smoothly.'
  30. 'Pakistan's mountain people are braced for another terrible test.'

More definitions

1. something that holds parts together or in place, as a clasp or clamp.

2. anything that imparts rigidity or steadiness.

3. Also called bitbrace, bitstock. Machinery. a device for holding and turning a bit for boring or drilling.

4. Building Trades. a piece of timber, metal, etc., for supporting or positioning another piece or portion of a framework.

5. Nautical. (on a square-rigged ship) a rope by which a yard is swung about and secured horizontally.

6. Music. leather loops sliding

More examples(as adjective)

"watchers can be brace for falls."

"watchers can be brace."

Origin

Middle English (as a verb meaning ‘clasp, fasten tightly’): from Old French bracier ‘embrace’, from brace ‘two arms’, from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium ‘arm’, from Greek brakhiōn.

Phrase

brace up