bracing

[ brey-sing ]
/ ˈbreɪ sɪŋ /

adjective

strengthening; invigorating: This mountain air is bracing.
of, relating to, or serving as a brace.

noun

braces collectively: The bracing on this scaffold is weak.
material, as timber, used for braces.

Origin of bracing

1475–85; brace (v.) + -ing1, -ing2

SYNONYMS FOR bracing

1 stimulating, revivifying, energizing.

Related forms

brac·ing·ly, adverbbrac·ing·ness, noun

Definition for bracing (2 of 2)

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.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for bracing (1 of 2)

bracing

/ (ˈbreɪsɪŋ) /

adjective

refreshing; stimulating; invigoratingthe air here is bracing

noun

a system of braces used to strengthen or supportthe bracing supporting the building is perfectly adequate

Derived Forms

bracingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for bracing (2 of 2)

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 bracing

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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