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English noun: brace

1. brace (artifact) a support that steadies or strengthens something else


SamplesHe wore a brace on his knee.


Broader (hypernym)reinforcement, strengthener, support


Narrower (hyponym)ankle brace, back brace, knee brace, neck brace, skeg

2. brace (quantity) two items of the same kind


Synonymscouple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twain, twosome, yoke


Broader (hypernym)2, deuce, II, two


Narrower (hyponym)doubleton


Part holonymfellow, mate

3. brace (group) a set of two similar things considered as a unit


Synonymspair


Broader (hypernym)set


Narrower (hyponym)Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Tweedledum and Tweedledee

4. brace (communication) either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material


Broader (hypernym)punctuation, punctuation mark

5. brace (artifact) a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it


Broader (hypernym)rope


Narrower (hyponym)royal brace

6. brace (artifact) elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)


Synonymsgallus, suspender


Broader (hypernym)man's clothing


Part holonymshoulder strap, strap


Domain usageplural, plural form

7. brace (artifact) an appliance that corrects dental irregularities


Synonymsbraces, orthodontic braces


Broader (hypernym)dental appliance

8. brace (artifact) a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring


Synonymsbitstock


Broader (hypernym)stock


Part meronymbrace and bit

9. brace (artifact) a structural member used to stiffen a framework


Synonymsbracing


Broader (hypernym)reinforcement, strengthener, structural member


Narrower (hyponym)crosspiece, crosstie, gusset, gusset plate, guy, guy cable, guy rope, guy wire, railroad tie, sleeper, stay, stringer, strut, tie


Part meronymframework


English verb: brace

1. brace (emotion) prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult


Synonymspoise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up


Narrower (hyponym)nerve, steel

2. brace (contact) support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace


SamplesBrace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel.


Synonymsstabilise, stabilize, steady


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)beef up, fortify, strengthen


Narrower (hyponym)ballast, guy

3. brace (contact) support by bracing


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hold, hold up, support, sustain


Narrower (hyponym)tread

4. brace (body) cause to be alert and energetic


SamplesCoffee and tea stimulate me.
This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate.


Synonymsarouse, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)affect


Narrower (hyponym)animate, animate, cathect, enliven, invigorate, invigorate, liven, liven up, quicken, reanimate, recreate, reinvigorate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, vivify


Antonymsde-energise, de-energize, sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm









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