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  1. [noun] a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"

  2. [noun] two items of the same kind
    Synonyms: couple, pair, twosome, twain, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad

  3. [noun] a set of two similar things considered as a unit
    Synonyms: pair

  4. [noun] either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material

  5. [noun] a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it

  6. [noun] elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
    Synonyms: suspender, gallus

  7. [noun] an appliance that corrects dental irregularities

  8. [noun] the stock of a tool used for turning a drilling bit
    Synonyms: bitstock

  9. [noun] a structural member used to stiffen a framework
    Synonyms: bracing

  10. [verb] prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
    Synonyms: poise

  11. [verb] support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"
    Synonyms: steady, stabilize, stabilise

  12. [verb] support by bracing

  13. [verb] cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
    Synonyms: stimulate, arouse, energize, energise, perk up


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