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noun brace pronunciation in American English /breɪs/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of wood, metal, etc. used for supporting an object so that it does not fall down
    1. a.


      [plural] American a set of wires that you wear on your teeth to push them into the correct position. The British word is brace.
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    2. b.


      [plural] American a pair of metal objects that someone wears around their legs to help them to walk. The British word is callipers.
    3. c.
      [countable] an object that supports a part of your body and holds it in the correct position after you have injured it

      a back/neck brace

  2. 3
    [countable] a pair of game birds (=birds killed for sport and then eaten)
    brace of:

    three brace of pheasant



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