Counterbrace Coun"ter*brace`, v. t. 1. (Naut.) To brace in opposite directions; as, to counterbrace the yards, i. e., to brace the head yards one way and the after yards another. [1913 Webster]

2. (Engin.) To brace in such a way that opposite strains are resisted; to apply counter braces to. [1913 Webster]

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  • counterbrace — I. ˈkau̇ntə(r)+ˌ noun Etymology: counter + brace : a brace counteracting the strain of another brace: a. : the brace of the fore topsail on the leeward side of a ship b. : counter V 4c II …   Useful english dictionary

  • counterbrace — /kown teuhr brays /, n. Engin., Building Trades. a web member of a truss subject to tension or compression under varying conditions. [1815 25; COUNTER + BRACE] * * * …   Universalium

  • counterbrace — coun·ter·brace …   English syllables

  • counterbrace — /kaʊntəˈbreɪs/ (say kowntuh brays), /ˈkaʊntəbreɪs/ (say kowntuhbrays) verb (t) (counterbraced, counterbracing) to brace the fore and main yards on opposite tacks to reduce the headway of a ship …   Australian English dictionary

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