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  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹeɪsɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪsɪŋ



  1. present participle and gerund of brace


bracing (comparative more bracing, superlative most bracing)

  1. Invigorating or stimulating.
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “chapter 13”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, →OCLC:
      Gaining the more open water, the bracing breeze waxed fresh; the little Moss tossed the quick foam from her bows, as a young colt his snortings.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter I, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed.
    • 1947 January and February, O. S. Nock, “"The Aberdonian" in Wartime”, in Railway Magazine, page 8:
      The tide was out, and we drew up amid the strong bracing smell of seaweed, with gulls screeching, wheeling around, and gliding on the wind.



bracing (countable and uncountable, plural bracings)

English Wikipedia has an article on:
  1. (uncountable) That which braces.
    • 1969, Daniel Ruge, Spinal cord injuries[1], page 174:
      In general, we believe it is better to use too much bracing and then reduce the braces to the proper size rather than to start with too little. Cutting down braces gives the patient a feeling of accomplishment
  2. (countable) A brace.
    • 1997, Wind Effects on Structures[2], →ISBN, page 101:
      For stability against lateral forces, vertical bracings are provided.
  3. (US) A form of the military attention stance.

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