Idioms for brace

    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.
10 See pair.
15 support, fortify, prop.
17 tauten, tense.
18 fortify.

OTHER WORDS FROM brace

Definition for braces (2 of 2)

suspender
[ suh-spen-der ]
/ səˈspɛn dər /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM suspender

sus·pend·er·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for braces (1 of 3)

braces
/ (ˈbreɪsɪz) /

pl n

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

British Dictionary definitions for braces (2 of 3)

suspender
/ (səˈspɛndə) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for braces (3 of 3)

brace
/ (breɪs) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Word Origin for brace

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