• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Counterbrace (Naut) To brace in opposite directions; as, to counterbrace the yards, i. e., to brace the head yards one way and the after yards another.
    • Counterbrace (Engin) To brace in such a way that opposite strains are resisted; to apply counter braces to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n counterbrace Nautical, the lee brace of the foretopsail-yard.
    • n counterbrace In a frame, a brace which transmits a strain in an opposite direction from a main brace.
    • counterbrace Nautical, to brace in opposite directions: as, to counterbrace the yards (that is, to brace the head-yards one way and the after-yards another, as while under way, for the purpose of checking headway or heaving to).
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