brace brace  /b ˈreɪs/


  1. (n) a support that steadies or strengthens something else
  2. (n) two items of the same kind
  3. (n) a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  4. (n) either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
  5. (n) a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
  6. (n) elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
  7. (n) an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
  8. (n) a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring
  9. (n) a structural member used to stiffen a framework
  10. (v) prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
  11. (v) support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
  12. (v) support by bracing
  13. (v) cause to be alert and energetic


  1. Metal leg braces are all too familiar to the victims of such disorders as muscular dystrophy or polio.
  2. Those colorful plastic bracelets popularized by Madonna and Avril Lavigne have taken on a risque new twist.
  3. Those colorful plastic bracelets popularized by Madonna and Avril Lavigne have taken on a risque new twist.


  1. Bryce Harper spotted wearing knee brace

    By VERONICA LINARES, A photo taken at an airport shows the Nationals' Bryce Harper wearing a knee brace.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: UPI

  2. Airport photo shows Bryce Harper in knee brace

    This photo, uploaded with permission from Twitter user @YoungSimba3, shows Bryce Harper wearing a knee brace Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

  3. Bryce Harper, wearing a knee brace (updated)

    Nats outfielder wore a large brace on his injured left leg as he returned from his visit to Dr. James Andrews.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Washington Post


  1. "Each and every one of these deaths is tragic and we have to brace ourselves to see more," Chan warned. "However, we do not expect to see a sudden and dramatic front in the number of severe or fatal infections."
    on Jun 11, 2009 By: Margaret Chan Source:

  2. "They didn't try to brace his fall. They did nothing. I've seen a lot of things in my time. But what they did was wrong," said neighbor Kirk Giddens, 39, in Thursday editions of the Daily News.
    on Sep 25, 2008 By: Anthony Giddens Source: ABC News

  3. "It felt very good to be out of the brace and working again," says McMahon, who recently underwent a third neck surgery. "I spent my whole life doing commercials, so here I was back doing a commercial again. It was very comforting."
    on Jul 27, 2008 By: Ed McMahon Source: Arizona Republic

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