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Dictionary definition for: Brace

1. (n) a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"

2. (v) prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

3. (n) two items of the same kind

4. (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"

5. (n) a set of two similar things considered as a unit

6. (v) support by bracing

7. (n) either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material

8. (v) cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me" "This herbal infusion doesn''t stimulate"

9. (n) a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it

10. (n) elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)

11. (n) an appliance that corrects dental irregularities

12. (n) the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit

13. (n) a structural member used to stiffen a framework

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