main brace


noun Nautical.

a brace leading to a main yard.

Origin of main brace

First recorded in 1480–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mainbrace

Historical Examples of mainbrace

  • I suppose,” said I, “by your talking of splicing the mainbrace that you are a sailor.

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • We did not forget Empire Day and duly "spliced the mainbrace."

  • The late owner, Mr. Mainbrace, was a great friend of my family.

  • This is —, your honour; and here, if your honour p. 577will accept a glass of whiskey we will splice the mainbrace together.

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • An after mainbrace aboard the schooner was shot away, and it made her head incline a little more towards us.

British Dictionary definitions for mainbrace



nautical a brace attached to the main yard
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