• Back of Steel Square, Brace Measure
    Back of Steel Square, Brace Measure
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj braced positioned so as to be ready for confrontation or danger "he stood to attention with his shoulders braced"
    • adj braced held up by braces or buttresses
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Additional illustrations & photos:

65 Brace 65 Brace
66 Housed brace 66 Housed brace
How much for these dozen braces How much for these dozen braces
Smith Premier with cleaning brace Smith Premier with cleaning brace

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Braces were first invented by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. The braces were made by a flat strip of metal, which was connected to the teeth by thread.
    • braced In heraldry, interlaced or linked together: said of bearings so arranged. Also brazed.
    • braced In entomology, attached by the caudal extremity and supported in an upright or oblique position by a silken thread crossing the thorax, and fastened to the supporting surface: said of the chrysalis of a butterfly. Also called girt or bound.
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  • Wilma Rudolph
    Wilma Rudolph
    “My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.”
  • George Steiner
    “To many men... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Summer is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”


Belt and braces - (UK) Someone who wears belt and braces is very cautious and takes no risks.


In literature:

The end of the beam is fastened to a brace which extends to the back of the moldboard.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
When the partitions are put in the laps mark where the ends go, as well as brace the ends of them.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
The three foremost canoes were now upon the brink of the worst rapids, and each youth was bracing himself for the run.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Kane braced himself for a possible onslaught.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
Now he had to brace himself against the tortures of a physical fear from which he had believed himself immune.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Brace was fighting against the entire party, and, under such circumstances, the struggle could not be prolonged.
"Down the Slope" by James Otis
There was a general brace all along the line.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
Gaining the cross entrance, he braced his strength against the forces of wind which imprisoned the door, and crept down the passage.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Percival is very kind, but somehow he is not restful; he is so very bracing.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
This was a new adversary, with whom he had not braced his nerves to grapple.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The two men trudged on side by side climbing ever higher in a clean, bracing atmosphere.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The trip will brace you up, and you look as if you needed it.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
He stood with his sturdy figure well braced and the glass in hand ready to mark a successful shot.
"The Frontier Boys in the Sierras" by Wyn Roosevelt
Out of this lot, two brace were culled for his use.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Dimly he became aware of the violent bawlings of a brace of news-vendors who were ramping through the street, one on either sidewalk.
"The Destroying Angel" by Louis Joseph Vance
When beyond Shady Path, Mammy was delighted to see Mistress Brace striding along, a market basket on her arm.
"Maid Sally" by Harriet A. Cheever
The tidings braced us mightily.
"The Brightener" by C. N. Williamson
So this was Mr. Reginald Brace, the bank manager!
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
Glenning braced his feet on the floor and grasped the arms of his chair firmly before he answered.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
It was a huge structure, as we have seen, braced and strengthened by every art and effort at the Pixies' command.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook

In poetry:

These are the gauntlets
Wherewith I wield it,
And hurl it afar off;
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf I. -- The Challenge Of T" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Faces painted pink and brown ;
Waistcoats strip'd and gaudy ;
Sleeves thrice doubled thick with down,
And straps to brace the body.
"Male Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
He spread those sheets--the funny boy--
O'er table, floor, and chair.
"Princess," said he, "don't you enjoy
This frosty, bracing air?
"The Two Bears" by Carolyn Wells
I see the houses slipping by,
Women's wet faces;
I hear a night wind piping high,
Sailors at the braces —
Hi-lee-yoh, Haul-away, yoh!
"Ai-Lee-Oh" by Bill Adams
"I'd like to see 'em splashin' round
On the slantin' streamin' decks,
An' tallyin' on a brace 'arf drowned,
With water to their necks;"
"The Day's Work" by Cicely Fox Smith
His soul he can brace
Against everything base.
And the trace will be seen
All his life in his face;-
That’s an excellent thing he can do.
"What Can a Little Chap Do?" by John Oxenham

In news:

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Harvest), 429 pp.
The actor, who was wearing a knee brace and using a crutch after injuring himself skiing, managed to rally at GoldBar's Funday party at Sundance on Sunday night.
Why Detroit is bracing the biggest-ever hopscotch game.
Expected to be one of the worst storms in decades, Sandy has the Atlantic Coast scrambling to board up its homes and businesses, stock up on supplies, and brace itself.
Idyllic New Hampshire braces for political equivalent of a Kardashian wedding.
The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East by David Hirst Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 367 pp.
The Ordeal of Kurt Gerstein by Pierre Joffroy Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 319 pp.
Guam Braces for Peaceful Military Incursion .
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomans are bracing for another hot, dry summer as the drought in the state intensifies and forecasters say triple-digit heat with little chance of rain is to continue.
Structural bracing stiffens the chassis and provide superior crash protection, and unique shocks, springs, brake calipers, and rotors are fitted.
"History sometimes looks inevitable in retrospect," writes journalist Anne Applebaum in " Iron Curtain ," her bracing, important new book.
Birds of America by Mary McCarthy Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 352 pp.
The family entertainment facility is one of three Sea Worlds owned by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Debi Mazar tweeted about her injury on Wednesday, posting a picture of herself in a neck brace.
Watch his concentration and excellent balance and how he braces for the inevitable kick back.

In science:

Eugene Lukacs, Stochastic convergence, second ed., Academic Press [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, 1975, Probability and Mathematical Statistics, Vol. 30.
Recurrence and transience of critical branching processes in random environment with immigration and an application to excited random walks
We therefore reject the ventral bracing hypothesis.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Academic Press Inc., Hartcourt Brace Publishers, (1990).
An Explicit and Simple Relationship Between Two Model Spaces
Its Elementary Forms, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1974.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
The last term in braces in Eq. (17) vanishes when zk ’s satisfy the Bethe ansatz equations (15).
Prepotential approach to exact and quasi-exact solvabilities
The differential operator in braces is nothing but the generator of the Lorentz transformation in the linear space of scalar functions depending on pk .
Group structure of the integration-by-part identities and its application to the reduction of multiloop integrals
Brace W, Walsh J, Frangos W. Permeability of Granite under High Pressure.
Evaluation of a permeability-porosity relationship in a low permeability creeping material using a single transient test
The first summation within the braces is now over all pairs of strings, and the σ-integtal is over the string at τ = ±∞.
Factorization in Dual Models and Functional Integration in String Theory
In Columns 4 and 5 we list the elements of Θ(G) and Θ′ (G), that is sets θ(G) ∈ Θ(G) and θ ′ (G) ∈ Θ′ (G), and omit the braces for one-element sets.
Cocliques of maximal size in the prime graph of a finite simple group
Academic Press [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers], New York–London (1978).
J. L. Doob (27 February 1910--7 June 2004)
New York: Harcourt Brace. Kooiman, J. (Ed.). (1993).
The Scientometrics of a Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations
Academic Press Inc. [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, 1979.
A short course on infinity-categories
The first bound, proved in 1982, is a direct consequence of a lower bound on the dimension of the perfect matching polytope, while the more recent bounds combine polyhedral arguments with analysis of brick and brace decompositions.
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
When the fitness function is statement coverage, we need to count the number of statements which are blocked between braces of correspondent branch.
A Factorial Experiment on Scalability of Search Based Software Testing
Academic Press [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], London, 1975.
An efficient deterministic test for Kloosterman sum zeros