bracing


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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.
References in classic literature ?
He sat up quickly, bracing himself against the skylight, stupid yet from his heavy sleep.
I hauled in the main-sheet a foot or two, took a turn with it, and bracing my feet, put my back against the tiller.
He halted with awkward abruptness, with stiff fore-legs bracing himself against his momentum, almost sitting down on his haunches, so desirous was he of avoiding contact with the dog he was in the act of attacking.
At her age, and with her seasoned constitution, would she feel it as those school-girls had felt it--especially that one among them, who lived in the bracing air of the North, the air of Yorkshire?
Cheerful, wholesome, bracing sort of climate to live in; isn't it, sir?
In a year from the date of her illness, the frail little child of the old days at Greenwater Broad had ripened, in the bracing Scotch air and the healthy mode of life, into a comely young woman.
He was hanging back, baby-like, bracing his wrinkled, bare legs.
Shaw were disappointed, for misfortune did not have a bracing effect.
make things pleasant, and the bracing air that forced me to feel the luxury of breathing whether I liked it or not.
We talked of rude and simple times, when men sat about large fires in cold, bracing weather, with clear heads; and when other dessert failed, we tried our teeth on many a nut which wise squirrels have long since abandoned, for those which have the thickest shells are commonly empty.
Then, for one moment, I paused, to inhale one draught of that cool, bracing air, and venture one look back upon the house.
Key statement: Pneumatic vehicle tire includes at least two bracing plies arranged to intersect each other at an angle and including reinforcements of steel arranged substantially parallel to and at a distance from one another and embedded in a rubber material.