Now it dipped its head as Lane braced himself to rise, more as if to investigate the man, certainly not to gore him.
This time around, Clinton-backers are braced for a similar dynamic.
Unmoved by these political concerns, the families in the Diamir Valley braced for a future without mountaineering.
By nightfall, both sides seemed to settle back into their positions, and Aleppo braced for a long and bloody fight.
Dustin McDaniel braced himself for a fight but, within the year, the last of the payday stores had shuttered their doors.
Stefan noticed it, and she braced herself by an effort, only to droop again.
In a second his voice rose in a tone that braced me like a glass of brandy.
Then Mr. Belcher knew that trouble was brewing, and braced himself to meet it.
David knew it, knew that nothing could avert it, and braced himself to meet it.
He clung to the rail there and braced one naked foot against a stanchion.
early 14c., "piece of armor for the arms," also "thong, strap for fastening," from Old French brace, braz "arms," also "length measured by two arms" (12c., Modern French bras "arm, power;" brasse "fathom, armful, breaststroke"), from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium "an arm, a forearm," from Greek brakhion "an arm" (see brachio-). Applied to various devices for fastening and tightening on notion of clasping arms. Of dogs, "a couple, a pair" from c.1400.
mid-14c., "to seize, grasp," also "wrap, enshroud; tie up, fetter," from Old French bracier "to embrace," from brace (see brace (n.)). Meaning "to render firm or steady by tensing" is mid-15c., earlier in figurative sense "strengthen or comfort" (someone), early 15c., with later extension to tonics, etc. that "brace" the nerves (cf. bracer "stiff drink"). Related: Braced; bracing.
An orthopedic appliance that supports or holds a movable part of the body in correct position while allowing motion of the part.
Often braces A dental appliance, constructed of bands and wires that is fixed to the teeth to correct irregular alignment.
A very stiff and exaggerated standing at military attention (1930s+ Armed forces and service academies)