Definition of bracing in US English:



  • 1Fresh and invigorating.

    ‘the bracing sea air’
    • ‘It was the glorious Saturday weather that tempted me - crystal clear skies, not a breath of wind, bracing nip in the air.’
    • ‘Cool weather, bracing winds and indoor heating can rob skin of essential moisture needed to keep it supple.’
    • ‘It got cold last night in Ptown; it seemed that in the course of a couple hours, summer blew away and we were whisked right into a crisp, bracing fall.’
    • ‘And I have come to suspect that all my efforts are acting as a bracing tonic to the weeds, bucking them up nicely, and aerating the soil for their growing pleasure.’
    • ‘And a bracing four-mile walk on Saturday afternoon was well received and gave everybody an opportunity to get some fresh air and have a good gossip.’
    • ‘They are, no doubt, filling their lungs with the same crystal clear and bracing sea air that used to be found in Victorian times, when the resort was famous for being a spa.’
    • ‘I walked in the bracing mountain air, ate organic vegetarian meals and treated myself to two massages by an expert therapist.’
    • ‘With Morecambe Bay just down the road, you would have expected a bracing blast of sea air on a January foray to Flookburgh.’
    • ‘If you need some fresh air take a bracing walk up Arthur's Seat.’
    • ‘Win, lose or draw, the tension would have ensured the pressing need for bracing sea air to clear this morning's hangovers.’
    • ‘Fresh air, bracing walks, hearty food and reading are on the agenda.’
    • ‘A bracing exhilaration rises from his caustic treatment of everyone else's values.’
    • ‘The beds are deeply comfortable, and the sheets crisp and fresh as if they have been hung out to dry in the bracing Hebridean air.’
    • ‘We saw lots of birdlife on the island and had a very bracing walk!’
    • ‘I was fine, wrapped in my weatherproof anorak with the hood up, and found the walk from one end of the precinct to the other a bracing and refreshing experience.’
    • ‘You can even avoid the bracing walk around 18 holes.’
    • ‘Perhaps the bracing British sea air isn't quite what it once was.’
    • ‘The fragrances of roses, peonies, and honeysuckle fill the air, on occasion intermingled with the bracing smells of sage, thyme, and rosemary.’
    • ‘It's easy to imagine Victorian families heading out for a bracing dip, using segregated sections of sea with bathing costumes buttoned up to the neck.’
    • ‘Graham had a large mug of hot steaming coffee waiting for me as I bustled into the kitchen, bringing the bracing morning air with me.’
    invigorating, refreshing, stimulating, energizing, exhilarating, enlivening, reviving, restorative, rejuvenating, revitalizing, vitalizing, rousing, fortifying, strengthening, healthy, healthful, health-giving, salubrious, beneficial, tonic, salutary
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  • 2attributive (of a support) serving to brace a structure.

    ‘bracing struts’
    • ‘This takes the form of two piers connected with cross bracing struts, which also act as a ladder to the top.’
    • ‘Once the truss landed, workers tilted it to the correct angle and installed permanent bracing struts to the building.’
    • ‘All of the strut joints end in a close tolerance ball end, so that throughout the entire structure, all the loads are balanced by the bracing wires and strut alignment.’
    • ‘Two wide wing bracing struts were built from steel tube and balsa wood and fabric covered.’
    • ‘Within each bay, the thin membrane is tautly held between triangular steel trusses by a network of bracing cables and compression bars.’
    • ‘The engineers spent two years designing bracing structures that were then attached to the bridge to prevent this problem in the future.’
    • ‘Axles and bracing struts were hinged to the bottom longerons of the fuselage.’
    • ‘I recommend that you consider using one of these systems or consult with a structural engineer to design a bracing system that effectively serves your needs.’