• WordNet 3.6
    • n bracer a tonic or restorative (especially a drink of liquor)
    • n bracer a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bracer A covering to protect the arm of the bowman from the vibration of the string; also, a brassart.
    • Bracer A medicine, as an astringent or a tonic, which gives tension or tone to any part of the body.
    • Bracer That which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bracer One who or that which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage.
    • n bracer In archery, a wrist-guard worn over the sleeve on the left arm as a protection against the friction or the catching of the bowstring. It is commonly of leather, but sometimes of metal, and was formerly even of ivory, and frequently a decorative object. The glove is sometimes made to serve as a bracer. See cut under bowman.
    • n bracer That which braces or stimulates the nerves; a tonic; specifically, a drink taken early in the morning.
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.”


In literature:

What I needed was a pick-me-up, a bracer.
"John Barleycorn" by Jack London
Perhaps he needs a "bracer" in a weary hunt for a job.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
After Breakfast she took a long Walk up the Avenue as a Bracer.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Taking a discreet bracer of brandy and examining his pistols, Pierre lies down on the cot.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Pete needed a little bracer.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Old Colonel R. E. bothers me sometimes, but I take a few bracers and he vanishes.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
You're going to have to make a speech pretty soon; you'll need a bracer!
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I felt as if I needed a 'bracer' this morning.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
The "bracer" was getting in its work, and Perkins was feeling good again.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
The whisky came and he drank it, feeling that he needed a bracer.
"Her Ladyship's Elephant" by David Dwight Wells