bracer

bracer

1 [brey-ser]
noun
1.
a person or thing that braces, binds, or makes firm.
2.
Informal. a stimulating drink, especially one of liquor.

Origin:
1570–80; brace + -er1

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bracer

2 [brey-ser]
noun Archery.
a guard or band worn over the wrist of the bow hand to protect it from the snap of the bowstring.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French braceure, equivalent to brace arm (see brace (noun)) + -ure -ure

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bracer1 (ˈbreɪsə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that braces
2.  informal a tonic, esp an alcoholic drink taken as a tonic

bracer2 (ˈbreɪsə)
 
n
archery, fencing a leather guard worn to protect the arm
 
[C14: from Old French braciere, from braz arm, from Latin bracchium arm]

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bracer
1580s, "a clamp, bind, brace," from brace. Figurative sense of "that which braces the nerves" is 1740; esp. of alcoholic drinks from c.1850. Earlier, in M.E., "armor for the arm." Related: Bracers.
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