1. [ verb ] prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
Synonyms: poise
Related terms: prepare steel aplomb
2. [ verb ] support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
Synonyms: steady stabilize stabilise

"brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"

Related terms: strengthen ballast guy stabilisation
3. [ noun ] a support that steadies or strengthens something else

"he wore a brace on his knee"

Related terms: support strengthener back_brace skeg neck_brace knee_brace ankle_brace
4. [ verb ] support by bracing
Related terms: hold tread
5. [ noun ] a set of two similar things considered as a unit
Synonyms: pair
Related terms: set Tweedledum_and_Tweedledee geminate
6. [ noun ] (clothing) elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
Synonyms: gallus suspender
Related terms: clothing strap plural
7. [ noun ] the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit
Synonyms: bitstock
Related terms: stock brace_and_bit
8. [ noun ] two items of the same kind
Synonyms: pair couple couplet twain twosome dyad yoke distich duo duet span duad doubleton
Related terms: two doubleton geminate
9. [ verb ] cause to be alert and energetic
Synonyms: stimulate arouse energize perk_up energise

"Coffee and tea stimulate me" "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"

Related terms: sedate de-energize affect animate enliven enliven invigorate cathect energy push stimulant energy energizing animator bracer
10. [ noun ] (nautical) a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
Related terms: rope royal_brace
11. [ noun ] either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
Related terms: punctuation
12. [ noun ] (dentistry) an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
Synonyms: braces
Related terms: dental_appliance
13. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 5459
14. [ noun ] a structural member used to stiffen a framework
Synonyms: bracing
Related terms: strengthener structural_member guy stay crosspiece stringer gusset strut tie framework
Similar spelling:   Bracey