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main brace

noun, Nautical.
a brace leading to a main yard.
Origin of main brace
First recorded in 1480-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I suppose,” said I, “by your talking of splicing the mainbrace that you are a sailor.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • We did not forget Empire Day and duly "spliced the mainbrace."

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The late owner, Mr. mainbrace, was a great friend of my family.

    Golden Stories Various
  • This is —, your honour; and here, if your honour p. 577will accept a glass of whiskey we will splice the mainbrace together.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • An after mainbrace aboard the schooner was shot away, and it made her head incline a little more towards us.

British Dictionary definitions for mainbrace


(nautical) a brace attached to the main yard
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main brace

Related Terms

splice the main brace

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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