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b rays

  • n  a support that steadies or strengthens something else
    he wore a brace on his knee
  • n  two items of the same kind
  • n  a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  • n  either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
  • n  a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
  • n  elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
  • n  an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
  • n  a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring
  • n  a structural member used to stiffen a framework
  • v  prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
  • v  support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
    brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel
  • v  support by bracing
  • v  cause to be alert and energetic

  • Metal leg braces are all too familiar to the victims of such disorders as muscular dystrophy or polio.
  • Those colorful plastic bracelets popularized by Madonna and Avril Lavigne have taken on a risque new twist.
  • Those colorful plastic bracelets popularized by Madonna and Avril Lavigne have taken on a risque new twist.
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  • Anthony Giddens in ABC News
    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.
  • Ed McMahon in Arizona Republic
    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."

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