One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
One of the braces attached to the main yard of a sailing ship.
- ‘The main brace was the largest and heaviest of all the rigging being up to 20" diameter on the big ships.’
- ‘The main brace, being one of the heaviest pieces of running rigging in a ship, was seldom spliced if damaged, but was replaced instead.’
main brace/ˌmān ˈbrās/
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