from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A strong band of leather extending from the front C-spring to the back one, and supporting the body of a coach or other vehicle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A leather strap supporting the body of a carriage, and attached to springs, or serving as a spring. See
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A small army of Greeks defended the pass against a vast army of Persians under Xerxes. thill (thil), shaft of a carriage. thole (thol), pin set in the gunwale of a boat to serve as a fulcrum for the oar in rowing. thorough-brace (thur'o-bras '), a leather strap supporting the body of a carriage. thorp (thorp), a small village.
The Deadwood stage coach was a thorough-brace, I believe.
The wagon was what is known as a thorough-brace, which means that there are two large loopy steel bands on which the wagon box rests; the loops are filled in with countless strips of leather, forming a pad for the springs to play on.
He might, he knew, be running every north-bound coach full from front to hind boot and from thorough-brace to roof-rail; and for once the Marquis might make some money.