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- v. To brace in opposite directions.
- v. To brace in such a way that opposite strains are resisted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See Counter brace, in Vocabulary.
- The brace of the fore-topsail on the leeward side of a vessel.
- A brace, in a framed structure, which resists a strain of a character opposite to that which a main brace is designed to receive.
- transitive v. To brace in opposite directions.
- transitive v. To brace in such a way that opposite strains are resisted; to apply counter braces to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the lee brace of the foretopsail-yard.
- n. In a frame, a brace which transmits a strain in an opposite direction from a main brace.
- Nautical, to brace in opposite directions: as, to counterbrace the yards (that is, to brace the head-yards one way and the after-yards another, as while under way, for the purpose of checking headway or heaving to).
counter- + brace (Wiktionary)