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noun brace pronunciation in British English /breɪs/
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  1. 1
    [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

    1. a.
      [countable] a piece of wood, metal etc used for supporting an object so that it does not fall down
    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.
  2. 2
    [countable] British a set of wires that you wear on your teeth to push them into the correct position. The American word is braces.
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  3. 3
    [countable] a pair of game birds (=birds killed for sport and then eaten)
    brace of:

    three brace of pheasant

  4. 4


    [plural] British two long narrow pieces of cloth that go over a man’s shoulders and are fastened to the waist of his trousers at the front and back in order to hold them up. The American word is suspenders.
  5. 6
    [countable] a part of a tool called a brace and bit, used especially in the past for making holes in things. You usually use a drill now instead.

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