bracing

[ brey-sing ]SEE DEFINITION OF bracing

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRACING

She had a desire to chastise thought by strong, bracing action.

It braced me, and the time was coming when all the bracing I could get would not be too much.

This is just the season of the year to enjoy the bracing air.

Bracing himself, he leant his whole weight on the single rein.

The food is good, and the Kansas air fresh and bracing and plentiful.

With Monday morning came sunshine and a clear and bracing air.

James, hardly knowing it, was bracing himself for a serious situation.

"Yes," she said bracing herself for the contest, in whatever shape it was coming.

It was a free and bracing life in that beautiful Valley, and, God knows!

"It was the Jean," said Gilian, bracing himself up for a plunge.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "piece of armor for the arms," also "thong, strap for fastening," from Old French brace, braz "arms," also "length measured by two arms" (12c., Modern French bras "arm, power;" brasse "fathom, armful, breaststroke"), from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium "an arm, a forearm," from Greek brakhion "an arm" (see brachio-). Applied to various devices for fastening and tightening on notion of clasping arms. Of dogs, "a couple, a pair" from c.1400.

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