Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that braces, especially one that supports or holds something steady.
  • n. Informal A stimulating drink, especially of an alcoholic beverage.
  • n. An arm or wrist guard worn by archers and fencers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage.
  • n. A covering to protect the arm of the bowman from the vibration of the string.
  • n. Armor for the forearm; a brassart.
  • n. A medicine, as an astringent or a tonic, which gives tension or tone to any part of the body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage.
  • n. A covering to protect the arm of the bowman from the vibration of the string; also, a brassart.
  • n. A medicine, as an astringent or a tonic, which gives tension or tone to any part of the body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage.
  • n. 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.
  • n. That which braces or stimulates the nerves; a tonic; specifically, a drink taken early in the morning.

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

  • n. a tonic or restorative (especially a drink of liquor)
  • n. a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports

Etymologies

Middle English, probably from Anglo-Norman, from Old French braceure, from bras, arm, from Latin brācchium; see brace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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