To brace a yard


To brace a yard
Brace 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves. [1913 Webster]

And welcome war to brace her drums. --Campbell. [1913 Webster]

3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly. [1913 Webster]

The women of China, by bracing and binding them from their infancy, have very little feet. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Some who spurs had first braced on. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

4. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd. [1913 Webster]

A sturdy lance in his right hand he braced. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Brace — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brace — brace1 [brās] vt. braced, bracing [ME bracen < OFr bracer, to brace, embrace < L brachia, pl. of brachium, an arm < Gr brachiōn, arm, upper arm < brachys, short (in contrast to the longer lower arm): see MERRY] 1. to tie or bind on… …   English World dictionary

  • Brace — Brace, n. [OF. brace, brasse, the two arms, embrace, fathom, F. brasse fathom, fr. L. bracchia the arms (stretched out), pl. of bracchium arm; cf. Gr. ?.] 1. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brace — ► NOUN 1) (braces) Brit. a pair of straps passing over the shoulders and fastening to the top of trousers to hold them up. 2) a strengthening or supporting piece or part. 3) a wire device fitted in the mouth to straighten the teeth. 4) (also… …   English terms dictionary

  • brace — I. verb (braced; bracing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French bracer to embrace, from brace Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. archaic to fasten tightly ; bind 2. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brace — /brays/, n., v., braced, bracing. n. 1. something that holds parts together or in place, as a clasp or clamp. 2. anything that imparts rigidity or steadiness. 3. Also called bitbrace, bitstock. Mach. a device for holding and turning a bit for… …   Universalium

  • brace — /breɪs / (say brays) noun 1. something that holds parts together or in place, as a clasp or clamp. 2. anything that imparts rigidity or steadiness. 3. Machinery a device for holding and turning tools for boring or drilling. 4. Building Trades a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • brace — [[t]breɪs[/t]] n. v. braced, brac•ing 1) something that holds parts together or in place, as a clasp or clamp 2) anything that imparts rigidity or steadiness 3) bui mac a device for holding and turning a bit for boring or drilling; bitstock 4)… …   From formal English to slang

  • brace — noun 1》 a device supporting a weak or injured part of the body.     ↘a wire device fitted in the mouth to straighten the teeth.     ↘a strengthening piece of iron or timber in building or carpentry. 2》 (braces) Brit. a pair of straps passing over …   English new terms dictionary

  • brace — n. & v. n. 1 a device that clamps or fastens tightly. 2 (in pl.) Brit. straps supporting trousers from the shoulders. 3 a wire device for straightening the teeth. 4 (pl. same) a pair (esp. of game). 5 a rope attached to the yard of a ship for… …   Useful english dictionary