Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having braces or similar supports.
  • adj. Interlaced.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of brace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. held up by braces or buttresses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, interlaced or linked together: said of bearings so arranged. Also brazed.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. positioned so as to be ready for confrontation or danger
  • adj. held up by braces or buttresses

Etymologies

See brace (verb) (Wiktionary)
From brace (noun) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Britain braced for more snow: It's not unusual at these times for people in northern Britain to complain that southerners whinge about their bad weather when the north of the country suffers far worse conditions on a regular basis.

    Archive 2005-03-01

  • Her last word braced the lad as nothing else could.

    The Man from Glengarry; a tale of the Ottawa

  • The back wall of this building was braced, which is lucky for us.

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  • The tired words of winter storm warnings were trundled out in force as the region "braced" for a "dump" of precipitation that could close roads, delay trains and cancel meetings.

    D.C. region braces for deluge

  • But you just kind of braced and figured something was going to kill me.

    CNN Transcript Jan 15, 2009

  • And he kind of braced himself for that, that this could be a very up and down day for the rescue teams and the families as well.

    CNN Transcript Dec 16, 2006

  • Everybody kind of braced themselves pretty much on the seat in front of them.

    CNN Transcript Dec 9, 2005

  • So I pulled my jacket over my head and I kind of braced made arms against the corner of the wall because I knew I'd be buried.

    CNN Transcript Sep 11, 2002

  • We had heard the stuff on the news, and before that, and I never really put much in that, but this is the first time we were called by the search center, I kind of braced for it right away, because it was them telling us.

    CNN Transcript Aug 28, 2002

  • We "braced" them at once, marching down upon them as they were murmuring with heads together over a mass of typewritten sheets.

    Zone Policeman 88; a close range study of the Panama canal and its workers

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