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for To brace up
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Brace \Brace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Braced; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace
a beam in a building.
2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension;
to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.
And welcome war to brace her drums. --Campbell.
3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.
The women of China, by bracing and binding them from
their infancy, have very little feet. --Locke.
Some who spurs had first braced on. --Sir W.
4. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold
firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.
A sturdy lance in his right hand he braced.
5. (Naut.) To move around by means of braces; as, to brace
To brace about (Naut.), to turn (a yard) round for the
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
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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