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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


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


Broader (hypernym)stock

Part meronymbrace and bit

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


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


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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