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  1. brace, braces, orthodontic braces(noun)

    an appliance that corrects dental irregularities

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  1. braces(Noun)

    A device for straightening teeth.

    Susy has to go to the dentist to see if she needs braces.

  2. braces(Noun)


    Yup, we put that dastardly villain in braces.

  3. braces(Noun)

    The two keyboard symbols "{" and "}."

    Use double braces to invoke a template in Wikipedia.

  4. braces(Noun)

    A pair of straps crossing one's shoulders and extending down to one's trousers, where a clip or button arrangement allows them to affix to the trousers, ensuring that they will not fall off.

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  1. Braces

    The braces on a square-rigged ship are lines used to rotate the yards around the mast, to allow the ship to sail at different angles to the wind. The braces are fixed to the outer ends of the yards, and are led to the deck as far aft as possible, to allow the crew to haul on them. The lower yards' braces can usually run directly to the deck, but to do so with those higher up would mean that most of the force was pulling downwards rather than backwards. Instead, the braces for the upper yards run to another mast and thence to the deck. On the aftermost mast, this may mean they have to be led forwards instead of backwards. Braces from the aftermost mast that run to the very stern of the ship often pass through blocks attached to short outriggers projecting from the side of the ship in order to improve their lead. These projections are called bumkins and can be seen in the picture. In many ways, braces are the equivalent of a modern yacht's sheets. However, where adjusting a sail on a yacht is a simple operation performed often, tacking or wearing ship using the braces usually requires the entire crew to be called to "bracing stations". This is because the braces carry heavy loads but have few blocks and hence each one needs many people hauling, and because most ships with braces have many sails and hence many such teams. For this reason, all manoeuvres require plenty of notice and routine course changes may be planned well in advance for a time when as few of the crew as possible wish to be asleep.

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  1. Braces

    Orthopedic appliances used to support, align, or hold parts of the body in correct position. (Dorland, 28th ed)

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