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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.
    And welcome war to brace her drums.   --Campbell.
 3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
    The women of China, by bracing and binding them from their infancy, have very little feet.   --Locke.
    Some who spurs had first braced on.   --Sir W. Scott.
 4. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.
    A sturdy lance in his right hand he braced.   --Fairfax.
 5. Naut. To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards.
 To brace about Naut., to turn (a yard) round for the contrary tack.
 To brace a yard Naut., to move it horizontally by means of a brace.
 To brace in Naut., to turn (a yard) by hauling in the weather brace.
 To brace one's self, to call up one's energies. “He braced himself for an effort which he was little able to make.” --J. D. Forbes.
 To brace to Naut., to turn (a yard) by checking or easing off the lee brace, and hauling in the weather one, to assist in tacking.
 To brace up Naut., to bring (a yard) nearer the direction of the keel by hauling in the lee brace.
 To brace up sharp Naut., to turn (a yard) as far forward as the rigging will permit.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: positioned so as to be ready for confrontation or danger;
             "he stood to attention with his shoulders braced"
      2: held up by braces or buttresses [syn: buttressed]