1. brace, support, strengthener, reinforcement

usage: a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"

2. couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad, two, 2, II, deuce

usage: two items of the same kind

3. pair, brace, set

usage: a set of two similar things considered as a unit

4. brace, punctuation, punctuation mark

usage: either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material

5. brace, rope

usage: a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it

6. brace, suspender, gallus, man's clothing

usage: elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)

7. brace, braces, orthodontic braces, dental appliance

usage: an appliance that corrects dental irregularities

8. brace, bitstock, stock

usage: a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring

9. brace, bracing, structural member, strengthener, reinforcement

usage: a structural member used to stiffen a framework


1. brace, poise, fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set

usage: prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

2. brace, steady, stabilize, stabilise, strengthen, beef up, fortify

usage: support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"

3. brace, hold, support, sustain, hold up

usage: support by bracing

4. stimulate, arouse, brace, energize, energise, perk up, affect

usage: cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"

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