main brace

  1. a brace leading to a main yard.

Origin of main brace

First recorded in 1480–90

Words Nearby main brace Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use main brace in a sentence

  • I was moved as out of a revery by the sight of Dale swinging across to the Serapis by the main brace pennant.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • The captain praised us, and, as a matter of course in that day, he called all hands to "splice the main-brace."

    Afloat And Ashore | James Fenimore Cooper
  • The first door on the right opens into a little room where main brace sleeps.

    Cast Away in the Cold | Isaac I. Hayes
  • They also have their specific names, as the "weather fore-top-gallant brace," the "lee main brace."

    Outward Bound | Oliver Optic
  • The name is also applied to the pieces on each quarter, for the main-brace blocks.

    The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for mainbrace


/ (ˈmeɪnˌbreɪs) /

  1. nautical a brace attached to the main yard

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