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.

Nearby words

  1. brachysyndactyly,
  2. brachytelephalangia,
  3. brachytherapy,
  4. brachyuran,
  5. brachyurous,
  6. bracingly,
  7. braciola,
  8. brack,
  9. bracken,
  10. bracket

Origin of bracing

1475–85; brace (v.) + -ing1, -ing2

SYNONYMS FOR bracing
1. stimulating, revivifying, energizing.

Related formsbrac·ing·ly, adverbbrac·ing·ness, noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for bracing

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 Formsbracingly, adverb

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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Word Origin and History for bracing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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