Brace may refer to:


* Brace (orthopaedic), a device used to restrict or assist body movement
* Back brace, a device limiting motion of the spine
** Milwaukee brace, a kind of back brace used in the treatment of spinal curvatures
* Cervical collar, also called a neck brace, used to restrict neck movement
* Dental braces (also called orthodontic braces), a device used to reposition teeth


* Brace (sports), a term in a number of sports
* Braces (sailing), lines found on some ships
* Bracer, a strap or sheath used in archery

Construction and industrial arts

* Brace (tool), a hand tool
* Brace (theatre), a stabilizer for a piece of scenery
* A reinforcement used in architecture, such as in timber framing

People with the surname Brace

* Charles Loring Brace (1826-1890), a contributing philanthropist in the field of social reform
* Jonathan Brace (1754-1837), a United States Representative from Connecticut
* Julia Brace (1807-1884), a deaf and blind woman who learned tactile American Sign Language
* Onllwyn Brace (born 1932), Wales rugby union captain
* Rick Brace, the current president of the CTV television network, a unit of CTVglobemedia
* William Brace (1865 - 1947), a member of British Parliament and Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Other meanings

* Brace originally meant an arm or the two arms and then meant the length of two outstretched arms, i.e., about 2 yards or a fathom.: This meaning for "brace" led to the other meanings such as "embrace" with ones arms, and "support" with one's arms.
* Brace position, a body stance used to prepare for a crash
* Curly brackets, the { and } symbols, also known as braces.
* Curly bracket programming language, a programming language that uses braces.
* Military brace, a body posture primarily used in military schools
* Braces (clothing), known in American English as suspenders, elastic fabric straps used to support trousers
* Straps found on some types of carriages
* A notation used to join two or more musical staffs
* A pair of like things

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  • Brace — Brace, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Braced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bracing}.] 1. To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brace — Brace, n. [OF. brace, brasse, the two arms, embrace, fathom, F. brasse fathom, fr. L. bracchia the arms (stretched out), pl. of bracchium arm; cf. Gr. ?.] 1. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brace — brace; brace·let; em·brace·able; em·brace·ment; em·brace·or; rere·brace; thor·ough·brace; un·brace; vam·brace; coun·ter·brace; em·brace; em·brace·ably; …   English syllables

  • Brace — Eddy Brace Rashid MacDonald (* 23. August 1986 in Surabaja, Indonesien) ist ein niederländisch surinamischer Sänger. Zu Beginn seiner Gesangskarriere nannte er sich Brayce. Inhaltsverzeichnis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • brace — ► NOUN 1) (braces) Brit. a pair of straps passing over the shoulders and fastening to the top of trousers to hold them up. 2) a strengthening or supporting piece or part. 3) a wire device fitted in the mouth to straighten the teeth. 4) (also… …   English terms dictionary

  • brace — brace1 [brās] vt. braced, bracing [ME bracen < OFr bracer, to brace, embrace < L brachia, pl. of brachium, an arm < Gr brachiōn, arm, upper arm < brachys, short (in contrast to the longer lower arm): see MERRY] 1. to tie or bind on… …   English World dictionary

  • brace — (ant. o region. brage, bragia, bracia) s.f. [dal germ. brasa ]. 1. [fuoco senza fiamma prodotto da legna o carboni accesi] ▶◀ (region.) brasa, (region.) brasca, (region.) carbonina, (region.) cinice, (region.) cinigia. ‖ tizzo, tizzone.… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Brace — Brace, v. i. To get tone or vigor; to rouse one s energies; with up. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brace — BRÁCE s. pl. v. indispensabili, izmene. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  bráce s.f. pl. – (Bucov., rar) Indispensabili. – var. braci, s.m. pl. lat. bracae (Candrea Dens., 173; DAR). Cuvînt practic nefolo …   Dicționar Român

  • brace — n *couple, pair, yoke brace vb *support, sustain, buttress, prop, bolster Analogous words: *strengthen, reinforce, fortify, energize, invigorate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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