Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun bracing

1 sense of bracing

Sense 1
brace, bracing -- (a structural member used to stiffen a framework)
       => structural member -- (support that is a constituent part of any structure or building)
       => strengthener, reinforcement -- (a device designed to provide additional strength; "the cardboard backing was just a strengthener"; "he used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb brace

4 senses of brace

Sense 1
brace, poise -- (prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult)
       => fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set -- (make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill")

Sense 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")
       => strengthen, beef up, fortify -- (make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries")

Sense 3
brace -- (support by bracing)
       => hold, support, sustain, hold up -- (be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?")

Sense 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")
       => affect -- (act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate")

Antonyms of adj bracing

1 sense of bracing

Sense 1
bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshing, refreshful, tonic -- (imparting vitality and energy; "the bracing mountain air")

INDIRECT (VIA invigorating) -> debilitating -- (impairing the strength and vitality)

Similarity of adj bracing

1 sense of bracing

Sense 1
bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshing, refreshful, tonic -- (imparting vitality and energy; "the bracing mountain air")
       => invigorating (vs. debilitating) -- (imparting strength and vitality; "the invigorating mountain air")

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