bracing

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."

Definitions of bracing
  1. adjective
    imparting vitality and energy
    “the bracing mountain air”
    synonyms: brisk, fresh, refreshful, refreshing, tonic
    invigorating
    imparting strength and vitality
  2. noun
    a structural member used to stiffen a framework
    synonyms: brace
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    crosspiece
    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)
    stay
    (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar
    stringer
    brace consisting of a longitudinal member to strengthen a fuselage or hull
    strut
    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
    backstay
    a stay that supports the back of something
    crossbar
    long thin horizontal crosspiece between two vertical posts
    forestay
    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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