1. a brace.
  2. braces collectively: The bracing on this scaffold is weak.
  3. material, as timber, used for braces.

Origin of bracing

1475–85; brace (v.) + -ing1, -ing2
Related formsbrac·ing·ly, adverbbrac·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms for bracing

1. stimulating, revivifying, energizing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bracingly

Contemporary Examples of bracingly

Historical Examples of bracingly

  • "Of course you would be all right anyhow," Bob said bracingly.

    Queensland Cousins

    Eleanor Luisa Haverfield

  • "Well, that oughtn't to influence you," Susan said bracingly.

    Saturday's Child

    Kathleen Norris

  • The Aeroplane Lady, bracingly cheerful, met them with a sheaf of official documents for the young Army aviator.

  • But I liked the third: it was so bracingly unorthodox, even according to the tenets of Soames' peculiar sect in the faith.

    Seven Men

    Max Beerbohm

British Dictionary definitions for bracingly


  1. refreshing; stimulating; invigoratingthe air here is bracing
  1. a system of braces used to strengthen or supportthe bracing supporting the building is perfectly adequate
Derived Formsbracingly, adverb
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