"braced" in the verb sense
1. brace, poise
prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
2. brace, steady, stabilize, stabilise
support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
"brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"
support by bracing
4. stimulate, arouse, brace, energize, energise, perk up
cause to be alert and energetic
"Coffee and tea stimulate me"
"This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
"braced" in the adjective sense
positioned so as to be ready for confrontation or danger
"he stood to attention with his shoulders braced"
2. braced, buttressed
held up by braces or buttresses
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