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brace
brace1 [ breıs ] verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive to get ready for something unpleasant:
brace yourself for something: I braced myself for the results of my blood test.
brace yourself to do something: Smith braced himself to deliver the bad news.
be braced for something: Financial markets are braced for another turbulent week.
2. ) transitive to push your body, or a part of it, against something solid and strong in order to support yourself or to avoid falling:
brace yourself/something against something: He braced his foot against the door so she couldn't open it.
She braced herself against the wall.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to make your body, or a part of it, stiff and strong in order to do something that needs a lot of physical effort:
He faced the angry crowd, his arms folded, his legs braced.
brace for: The passengers were told how to brace for the crash.
4. ) transitive to support an object with a piece of wood, metal, etc. so that it does not fall down
brace
brace 2 [ breıs ] noun
1. ) count a piece of wood, metal, etc. used for supporting an object so that it does not fall down
a ) braces plural AMERICAN a set of wires that you wear on your teeth to push them into the correct position. British brace
b ) braces plural AMERICAN a pair of metal objects that someone wears around their legs to help them to walk. British callipers
c ) count an object that supports a part of your body and holds it in the correct position after you have injured it:
a back/neck brace
2. ) count TECHNICAL a CURLY BRACKET
3. ) (plural brace) count a pair of GAME BIRDS (=birds killed for sport and then eaten):
brace of: three brace of pheasant
a ) LITERARY a pair of people, animals, or objects
4. ) braces plural BRITISH SUSPENDERS

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  • brace — ► NOUN 1) (braces) Brit. a pair of straps passing over the shoulders and fastening to the top of trousers to hold them up. 2) a strengthening or supporting piece or part. 3) a wire device fitted in the mouth to straighten the teeth. 4) (also… …   English terms dictionary

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