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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Brace \Brace\, noun [OF. brace, brasse, the two arms, embrace, fathom, F. brasse fathom, fr. L. bracchia the arms (stretched out), pl. of bracchium arm; cf. Gr. ?.]

1. That which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly; a bandage or a prop.

2. A cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension, as a cord on the side of a drum.

The little bones of the ear drum do in straining and relaxing it as the braces of the war drum do in that. --Derham.

3. The state of being braced or tight; tension.

The laxness of the tympanum, when it has lost its brace or tension. --Holder.

4. (Arch. & Engin.) A piece of material used to transmit, or change the direction of, weight or pressure; any one of the pieces, in a frame or truss, which divide the structure into triangular parts. It may act as a tie, or as a strut, and serves to prevent distortion of the structure, and transverse strains in its members. A boiler brace is a diagonal stay, connecting the head with the shell.

5. (Print.) A vertical curved line connecting two or more words or lines, which are to be taken together; thus, boll, bowl; or, in music, used to connect staves.

6. (Naut.) A rope reeved through a block at the end of a yard, by which the yard is moved horizontally; also, a rudder gudgeon.

7. (Mech.) A curved instrument or handle of iron or wood, for holding and turning bits, etc.; a bitstock.

8. A pair; a couple; as, a brace of ducks; now rarely applied to persons, except familiarly or with some contempt. "A brace of greyhounds." --Shak.

He is said to have shot . . . fifty brace of pheasants. --Addison.

A brace of brethren, both bishops, both eminent for learning and religion, now appeared in the church. --Fuller.

But you, my brace of lords. --Shak.

9. pl. Straps or bands to sustain trousers; suspenders.

I embroidered for you a beautiful pair of braces. --Thackeray.

10. Harness; warlike preparation. [Obs.]

For that it stands not in such warlike brace. --Shak.

11. Armor for the arm; vantbrace.

12. (Mining) The mouth of a shaft. [Cornwall]

{Angle brace}. See under {Angle}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Brace \Brace\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Braced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bracing}.]

1. To furnish with braces; to support; to prop; as, to brace a beam in a building.

2. To draw tight; to tighten; to put in a state of tension; to strain; to strengthen; as, to brace the nerves.

And welcome war to brace her drums. --Campbell.

3. To bind or tie closely; to fasten tightly.

The women of China, by bracing and binding them from their infancy, have very little feet. --Locke.

Some who spurs had first braced on. --Sir W. Scott.

4. To place in a position for resisting pressure; to hold firmly; as, he braced himself against the crowd.

A sturdy lance in his right hand he braced. --Fairfax.

5. (Naut.) To move around by means of braces; as, to brace the yards.

{To brace about} (Naut.), to turn (a yard) round for the contrary tack.

{To brace a yard} (Naut.), to move it horizontally by means of a brace.

{To brace in} (Naut.), to turn (a yard) by hauling in the weather brace.

{To brace one's self}, to call up one's energies. "He braced himself for an effort which he was little able to make." --J. D. Forbes.

{To brace to} (Naut.), to turn (a yard) by checking or easing off the lee brace, and hauling in the weather one, to assist in tacking.

{To brace up} (Naut.), to bring (a yard) nearer the direction of the keel by hauling in the lee brace.

{To brace up sharp} (Naut.), to turn (a yard) as far forward as the rigging will permit.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Brace \Brace\, verb (used without an object) To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; -- with up. [Colloq.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a support that steadies or strengthens something else; "he wore a brace on his knee"

2: two items of the same kind [syn: {couple}, {pair}, {twosome}, {twain}, {brace}, {span}, {yoke}, {couplet}, {distich}, {duo}, {duet}, {dyad}, {duad}]

3: a set of two similar things considered as a unit [syn: {pair}, {brace}]

4: either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material

5: a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it

6: elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural) [syn: {brace}, {suspender}, {gallus}]

7: an appliance that corrects dental irregularities [syn: {brace}, {braces}, {orthodontic braces}]

8: a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring [syn: {brace}, {bitstock}]

9: a structural member used to stiffen a framework [syn: {brace}, {bracing}]


1: prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult [syn: {brace}, {poise}]

2: support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel" [syn: {brace}, {steady}, {stabilize}, {stabilise}]

3: support by bracing

4: cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate" [syn: {stimulate}, {arouse}, {brace}, {energize}, {energise}, {perk up}] [ant: {calm}, {de-energise}, {de-energize}, {sedate}, {tranquilize}, {tranquillise}, {tranquillize}]

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From the FCC website, "The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in almost 62 years. The goal of this new law is to let anyone enter any communications business -- to let any communications business compete in any market against any other."


I am a communications business and I want to compete in the C-SPAN HD, C-SPAN2 HD and C-SPAN3 HD online commentary marketplace. Comcast is using it's monopoly position as my cable provider to prevent me from having access to C-SPAN2 HD and C-SPAN3 HD. Therefore, I am unable to compete in the HD Congressional Commentary marketplace. This is bad for DEMOCRACY and it is bad for the INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS in Comcast's service area. This reduces diversity of opinion in the Congressional Commentary marketplace and leads to the American citizens getting their news only from official sources, such as the major broadcast networks, cable networks and movie companies such as the NBC companies.


Here is a copy of an e-mail I sent to the FCC:

Subject: Comcast refuses to carry C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 HD because they are not PROFITABLE.
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:44:43 -0700
From: Ken M.

I have complained to you about Comcast not providing C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 in HD.  You forwarded the complaint to Comcast and they contacted me by phone.  They contend that as a FOR-PROFIT company, it is not in the their business interests in terms of profitability to supply their 25 million customers with C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 in HD.

I stated that these are NONPROFIT channels that are in the PUBLIC INTEREST and of course they are not profitable to carry.  But I argued that it is their DUTY as Americans to provide these channels to the U.S. CITIZENS in its service area.  I stated that it is in the PUBLIC INTEREST.

He said, "Sorry, we are a FOR-PROFIT corporation and the demand isn't there."

I would like to escalate this complaint to the next level, given that it wasn't resolved by Comcast.

I believe it is in our national security interests for the citizens to have access to their congressional proceedings in HD.
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