Nearby words

  1. brabançon,
  2. brabble,
  3. brabham,
  4. braccate,
  5. braccio,
  6. brace and bit,
  7. brace jack,
  8. brace molding,
  9. brace root,
  10. brace table

Idioms

    brace up, Informal. to summon up one's courage; become resolute: She choked back her tears and braced up.

Origin of brace

1300–50; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French: pair of arms < Latin brā(c)chia plural (taken as feminine singular) of brā(c)chium arm (< Greek; see brachium); (v.) in part Middle English bracen (< Anglo-French bracier, derivative of brace; cf. embrace1), in participle derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR brace
1. vise. 4. stay, prop, strut. 10. See pair. 15. support, fortify, prop. 17. tauten, tense. 18. fortify.

Related forms

suspender

[suh-spen-der]

noun

Usually suspenders. Also called, especially British, braces. adjustable straps or bands worn over the shoulders with the ends buttoned or clipped to the waistband of a pair of trousers or a skirt to support it.
British. garter.
a hanging cable or chain in a suspension bridge connecting the deck with the suspension cable or chain.
a person or thing that suspends.

Origin of suspender

1515–25; 1800–10, Americanism for def 1; suspend + -er1

Related formssus·pend·er·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for braces

braces

pl n

British a pair of straps worn over the shoulders by men for holding up the trousersUS and Canadian word: suspenders

suspender

noun

(often plural) British
  1. an elastic strap attached to a belt or corset having a fastener at the end, for holding up women's stockings
  2. a similar fastener attached to a garter worn by men in order to support socksUS and Canadian equivalent: garter
(plural) US and Canadian a pair of straps worn over the shoulders by men for holding up the trousersAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): braces
a person or thing that suspends, such as one of the vertical cables that carries the deck in a suspension bridge

brace

noun

a hand tool for drilling holes, with a socket to hold the drill at one end and a cranked handle by which the tool can be turnedIn full: hand brace See also brace and bit
something that steadies, binds, or holds up another thing
a structural member, such as a beam or prop, used to stiffen a framework
a sliding loop, usually of leather, attached to the cords of a drum: used to change its tension
a pair; two, esp of game birdsa brace of partridges
either of a pair of characters, { }, used for connecting lines of printing or writing or as a third sign of aggregation in complex mathematical or logical expressions that already contain parentheses and square brackets
Also called: accolade a line or bracket connecting two or more staves of music
(often plural) an appliance of metal bands and wires that can be tightened to maintain steady pressure on the teeth for correcting uneven alignment
med any of various appliances for supporting the trunk, a limb, or teeth
another word for bracer 2
(in square-rigged sailing ships) a rope that controls the movement of a yard and thus the position of a sail
See braces

verb (mainly tr)

to provide, strengthen, or fit with a brace
to steady or prepare (oneself or something) as before an impact
(also intr) to stimulate; freshen; invigoratesea air is bracing
to control the horizontal movement of (the yards of a square-rigged sailing ship)

Word Origin for brace

C14: from Old French: the two arms, from Latin bracchia arms

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Word Origin and History for braces
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Medicine definitions for braces

brace

[brās]

n.

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.

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