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 for To brace a yard
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension;
        to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.
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              And welcome war to brace her drums.   --Campbell.
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     3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
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              The women of China, by bracing and binding them from
              their infancy, have very little feet. --Locke.
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              Some who spurs had first braced on.   --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     4. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold
        firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.
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              A sturdy lance in his right hand he braced.
                                                    --Fairfax.
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     5. (Naut.) To move around by means of braces; as, to brace
        the yards.
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     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.
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