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

  • adj. Invigorating or refreshing; strengthening: a bracing tonic.
  • n. A support; a brace.
  • n. Braces considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of brace.
  • adj. invigorating or stimulating
  • n. a brace
  • n. a form of the military attention stance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Imparting strength or tone; strengthening; invigorating.
  • n. The act of strengthening, supporting, or propping, with a brace or braces; the state of being braced.
  • n. Any system of braces; braces, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the quality of giving strength or tone; invigorating: as, a bracing air.
  • n. The act of one that braces, or the state of being braced.
  • n. In engineering, a system of braces: as, the bracing of a truss.

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

  • n. a structural member used to stiffen a framework
  • adj. imparting vitality and energy


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    November 15, 2007

  • Strips of carved wood glued to the inside face or back of a stringed instrument's sound board that both strengthen the sound board and allow it to vibrate to create a pleasing tone. Too little bracing will cause the soundboard to warp or break; too much bracing will create a dull tone.

    November 15, 2007