Counter brace

• A brace, in a framed structure, which resists a strain of a character opposite to that which a main brace is designed to receive. • The brace of the fore-topsail on the leeward side of a vessel.
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Counter brace

Coun'ter brace` (br?s`). 1. (Nautical) The brace of the fore-topsail on the leeward side of a vessel. 2. (Engineering) A brace, in a framed structure, which resists a strain of a character opposite to that which a main brace is designed to receive. » In a quadrilateral system of bracing, the ...
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