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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.

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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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For one thing, his unaccustomed exposure to challenge, so bracingly on view in the new Democratic-controlled Congress in the past few days, may prove as healthy for the administration as it is for the nation.
Andrew Greeley's useful, bracingly factual survey of religion and religious belief in Europe, more or less of today, certainly makes one wonder how the God whose death Nietzsche announced and whose absence seemed palpable in the killing fields of the twentieth century has made such a comeback.
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She was the wife of the British Ambassador to Turkey in the early 18th century, and a bracingly unconventional woman who heard of a technique practised by peasant women to protect against the smallpox.
A recent sip of just-fermented Chardonnay destined for bubbles at Domaine Carneros by Taittinger reminded me that distinct varietal characteristics are the substance in the flute--in this case, bracingly tart citrus, nuances of pear.
Next comes quite a change of pace, the quirky herky-jerky Four Pieces by Alban Berg, sounding like music from the moon, bracingly refreshing.
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They offer a bracingly positive assessment of the church's ability to enter into the fray of this pandemic and constructively participate in worldwide measures to prevent its spread.
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They range from an unintentional parody of what many historians consider the misdeeds of supposedly historical literary criticism, to works by literary scholars that cannot help but enlighten historians, to an immaculate work of historical scholarship by an Oxford English don on Jacobean court preachers and a historian's bracingly textual study of their rhetorical guiles, to a historian-college pastor's monograph on support for the prayer book and episcopacy in part dependent upon the literary analysts' emphasis upon rhetoric, to works of literary criticism whose engagement with politics is sustained and fruitful.
After one reads The Dialect of Modernism, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance come to seem bracingly relevant to one another.