from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In carpentry: A piece of timber having its two ends fixed to the two pieces forming adjacent members in a system of framing, and subtending the angle formed by their junction.
  • n. An instrument consisting of a rectangular crank-frame, like the carpenter's brace (see brace), but usually much stronger, carrying a parallel tool-spindle which ends in a pad or bit-socket of the ordinary form, and carries a small bevel-wheel gearing into a second wheel on the axis of a winch-handle, by which motion is communicated to the drill.


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