- a brace leading to a main yard.
Origin of main brace
First recorded in 1480–90
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Examples from the Web for mainbrace
I suppose,” said I, “by your talking of splicing the mainbrace that you are a sailor.
We did not forget Empire Day and duly "spliced the mainbrace."The Home of the Blizzard
The late owner, Mr. Mainbrace, was a great friend of my family.Golden Stories
This is —, your honour; and here, if your honour p. 577will accept a glass of whiskey we will splice the mainbrace together.
An after mainbrace aboard the schooner was shot away, and it made her head incline a little more towards us.The Perils and Adventures of Harry Skipwith
- nautical a brace attached to the main yard
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