bracing

Definitions

  • Back of Steel Square, Brace Measure
    Back of Steel Square, Brace Measure
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bracing imparting vitality and energy "the bracing mountain air"
    • n bracing a structural member used to stiffen a framework
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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
MR. BRACE MR. BRACE
Smith Premier with cleaning brace Smith Premier with cleaning brace

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Bracing (Engin) Any system of braces; braces, collectively; as, the bracing of a truss.
    • a Bracing Imparting strength or tone; strengthening; invigorating; as, a bracing north wind.
    • Bracing The act of strengthening, supporting, or propping, with a brace or braces; the state of being braced.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: O.J. Simpson had a severe case of rickets and wore leg braces when he was a child
    • n bracing The act of one that braces, or the state of being braced.
    • n bracing In engineering, a system of braces: as, the bracing of a truss.
    • bracing Having the quality of giving strength or tone; invigorating: as, a bracing air.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bracing giving strength or tone
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Quotations

  • 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
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    “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
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    “To many men... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.”
  • John Ruskin
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    “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
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    “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.”

Idioms

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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. brace (Fr. bras), the arm, power—L. brachium, Gr. brachiōn, the arm, as holding together.

Usage

In literature:

Presently we saw him returning with a brace and a half of birds that looked very much like large snipe.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Man the braces for wearing ship, the rest o' you!
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
The small rod brace is flattened at both ends and a hole drilled in each to fasten it with screws as shown.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
He carried a small hatchet in his belt, with which he detached the starboard fore-brace from the mast.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
Spring the frame until they measure alike, using a brace to hold the frame in position until the glue can harden.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
This sailor was named "Ben Brace," but whether this was a real name or one which he had acquired at sea, I could never tell.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
The morrow came, with a lovely blue sky and bracing atmosphere, and after breakfast we took our first walk in Venice.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
His cold hands could scarcely draw out the rusted file that acted as a brace for the chain.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Brace up, for Heaven's sake!
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
After he had braced it in the hole in the schooner's bottom with the help of Mr.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The Egyptians ran a rope over the crutches and round the mast, and then used its ends to brace up the stem and stern.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
Sixteen hundred pounds, counting insulation an' braces for strength.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Correctly speaking, yonder whaler has braced up her yards.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
Lieutenant Brace Norton, of H.M.S.
"The Sapphire Cross" by George Manville Fenn
Drew braced himself against the larger table.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
Holding onto the toppled mast, using it as a brace, he managed to rise.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
He was bracing himself now for what was next.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
He grabbed a shroud and braced himself.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Cale braced himself to handling the horses.
"A Cry in the Wilderness" by Mary E. Waller
The cold flakes drove into his tingling face and he had to brace himself against the gusts.
"For the Allinson Honor" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

Never was such a brace of pests —
While Ministers, still worse than either,
Skill'd but in feathering their nests,
Plague us with both, and settle neither.
"Corn and Catholics" by Thomas Moore
I'll ponder o'er each touching charm
That plays around that angel-face ;
Those thoughts shall nerve with strength my arm,
Those thoughts shall ev'ry sinew brace.
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
None know the choice I made; I make it still.
None know the choice I made and broke my heart,
Breaking mine idol: I have braced my will
Once, chosen for once my part.
"Memory" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Then cheerly to your work again
With hearts new-braced and set
To run, untired, love's blessed race.
As meet for those, who face to face
Over the grave their Lord have met.
"Burial" by John Keble
Yet his plate-jack was braced, and his helmet was laced,
And his vaunt-brace of proof he wore;
At his saddle-gerthe was a good steel sperthe,
Full ten pound weight and more.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
With hail as stung like shot in our faces,
An' ice like iron on sheets an' braces:
But 'ailin' an' freezin' an' snowin' an' blowin',
'E stuck to 'is topsails, 'e kept 'er goin' —
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

For years, the flat-foot ed have been warned that their lives would be plagued with pain and injury and doctors have tried using surgery and braces to correct the "deformity".
Braces for tsunami debris, but impact unclear.
Maryland executives brace for sequestration's impacts.
Foreign Service braces for budget cuts, the likelihood of USPS health plan proposal.
Districts in Colorado are bracing for a very lean 2010-11 school year.
Syrian residents say they're bracing for full-blown war.
Gadsden -based prosthetics company Gadsden Limb & Brace Inc has been acquired by Austin, Texas-based Hanger Inc, Hanger announced today.
Guernsey County bracing for boom in gas/oil industry.
NJ Transit and Towns Brace for Traffic Nightmare.
For those times when strong winds blow, large brace roots normally hold the tree upright against most wind events.
Brace yourself, because this discovery is probably not going to be what you thought.
A prisoner on crutches and wearing a neck brace escaped from Philadelphia police custody Tuesday afternoon at Temple University Hospital and was still on the loose late in the night.
School picture day is an American childhood rite of passage, memorializing the awkward growth spurts, braces, and in the case of Madeleine, an experimental approach to hair accessories.
SYRACUSE -Brittany Brace was named to the all-tournament team as Jamestown Community College finished fourth at the Onondaga CC Volleyball Tournament in NJCAA Region 3, Division III action.
Once alongside Top Flite Rocket, the two pacers raced head to head to the three-quarters, at which point Gemini Jon circled the leader and then braced for challenges from behind.
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In science:

Bertsekas, D. P. and Shreve, S. E. (1978), Stochastic optimal control: the discrete time case, Vol. 139 of Mathematics in Science and Engineering, Academic Press Inc. [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, NY.
On-Line Selection of Alternating Subsequences from a Random Sample
Academic Press [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, 1979.
A geometric derivation of the linear Boltzmann equation for a particle interacting with a Gaussian random field
Bertsekas, D. P. and Shreve, S. E. (1978), Stochastic optimal control: the discrete time case, Vol. 139 of Mathematics in Science and Engineering, Academic Press Inc. [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, NY.
Optimal Sequential Selection of a Unimodal Subsequence of a Random Sequence
The Feeling Of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness, Harcourt Brace, 1999. 26. M.
Definability in the Real Universe
Academic Press Inc. [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, 1981.
Supercritical branching diffusions in random environment
The objective is now to establish that the term in braces can be bounded by a finite number.
Weak convergence of stochastic integrals driven by continuous-time random walks
Academic Press Inc. [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], London, 1979.
Regularity for stably projectionless, simple C*-algebras
Eugene Lukacs, Stochastic convergence, second ed., Academic Press [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, 1975, Probability and Mathematical Statistics, Vol. 30.
Perturbing transient Random Walk in a Random Environment with cookies of maximal strength
In this section the notation with the number under a brace is for the number of components of that part.
Dirac field in topologically massive gravity
Simon – Methods of modern mathematical physics. I, second ed., Academic Press Inc. [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, 1980, Functional analysis. 24 T.
Spectrum of Markov generators on sparse random graphs
Inside the braces the familiar relative entropy is H (µ × q | µ × ˆpℓ) = ZΩℓ Xz∈R Obviously q(η , S + z η) is not the most general Markov kernel on Ωℓ .
Quenched Point-to-Point Free Energy for Random Walks in Random Potentials
Maximizers cannot be unique now because the last coordinate θd+1 can vary freely without altering the expression in braces in (6.3).
Quenched Point-to-Point Free Energy for Random Walks in Random Potentials
Academic Press [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], New York, 1976.
On defining characteristic representations of finite reductive groups
If α > S (ν, θ), then we can choose so small κ > 0 that the last exponent in braces is negative, and all the sum (4.8) goes to zero as N → ∞.
The McMillan theorem for colored branching processes and dimensions of random fractals
If α > d(ν, µ, θ) then κ can be chosen so small that the last exponent in braces is negative, and all the sum (7.5) tends to zero as N → ∞.
The McMillan theorem for colored branching processes and dimensions of random fractals
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