Definition of brace noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//breɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪs//
    Medical equipment, Mouth and teeth
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  1. 1[countable] a device that holds things firmly together or holds and supports them in position a neck brace (= worn to support the neck after an injury) See related entries: Medical equipment
  2. 2[countable] (North American English braces [plural]) a metal device that people, especially children, wear inside the mouth to help their teeth grow straight My daughter has to wear a brace on her teeth. See related entries: Mouth and teeth
  3. 3 braces (British English) (North American English suspenders) [plural] long narrow pieces of cloth, leather, etc. for holding trousers/pants up. They are fastened to the top of the trousers/pants at the front and back and passed over the shoulders. a pair of braces
  4. 4(North American English) (British English calliper) [countable, usually plural] a metal support for weak or injured legs
  5. 5 [countable] either of the two marks, { }, used to show that the words, etc. between them are connected compare bracket
  6. 6[countable] (pl. brace) a pair of birds or animals that have been killed in hunting two brace of partridge(s) He scored a brace of goals.
  7. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb meaning ‘clasp, fasten tightly’): from Old French bracier ‘embrace’, from brace ‘two arms’, from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium ‘arm’, from Greek brakhiōn.Extra examples He had braces on his teeth. I used to wear a brace. The braces held up his trousers.Idioms (informal) taking more actions than are really necessary to make sure that something succeeds or works as it should a belt-and-braces policy More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
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