Anything bracing is brisk and refreshing. A Mainer might consider a January swim in the Atlantic Ocean to be bracing, while her Floridian best friend may think she's crazy.

You probably enjoy the bracing sea air when you're on a sailboat, or the bracing hike you take up the side of a mountain. In both cases, you're filled with energy and feel fortified by the experience. The adjective bracing comes from the verb brace and its figurative meaning, "to strengthen or comfort."

Primary Meanings of bracing

imparting vitality and energy
a structural member used to stiffen a framework
Full Definitions of bracing

adj imparting vitality and energy

“the bracing mountain air”
brisk, fresh, refreshful, refreshing, tonic
imparting strength and vitality

n a structural member used to stiffen a framework

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a transverse brace
gusset, gusset plate
a metal plate used to strengthen a joist
guy, guy cable, guy rope, guy wire
a cable, wire, or rope that is used to brace something (especially a tent)
(nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
brace consisting of a longitudinal member to strengthen a fuselage or hull
brace consisting of a bar or rod used to resist longitudinal compression
crosstie, railroad tie, sleeper, tie
one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track
a stay that supports the back of something
long thin horizontal crosspiece between two vertical posts
an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast
rundle, rung, spoke
one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder
round, rung, stave
a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
cross thwart, thwart
a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat
transom, traverse
a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it
Type of:
reinforcement, strengthener
a device designed to provide additional strength
structural member
support that is a constituent part of any structure or building

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