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brace +‎ -er



bracer (plural bracers)

  1. That which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage.
  2. (archery) A covering to protect the arm of the bowman from the vibration of the string.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 34:
      To prevent the bow string from hanging on the left arm, it is covered with a piece of smooth leather, fastened on the outside of the arm, this is called a bracer.
  3. Armor for the forearm; a brassart.
  4. A medicine, as an astringent or a tonic, which gives tension or tone to any part of the body.


Old FrenchEdit



  1. Alternative form of bracier


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-c, *-cs, *-ct are modified to z, z, zt. In addition, c becomes ç before an a, o or u to keep the /ts/ sound intact. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.