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bracing

[′brās·iŋ]
(engineering)
The act or process of strengthening or making rigid.

bracing

1. Structural elements installed to provide restraint or support (or both) to other members, so that the complete assembly forms a stable structure; may consist of knee braces, cables, rods, struts, ties, shores, diaphragms, rigid frames, etc., singly or in combination.
2. Collectively, the braces so used.

bracing

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Examples of bracing on a biplane.
The supporting struts and wires used in the strengthening of the structure. Each set of wires serves a particular purpose. Flying or lift wires prevent the wings from folding up during flight; landing wires prevent the wing from sagging while the aircraft is on the ground, and incidence wires maintain the wings at their correct angle of incidence.
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