That piece of armour which covered the upper arm; later it was lengthened to cover the elbow.

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  • rere|brace — «RIHR BRAYS», noun. a piece of armor for the upper arm, from the shoulder to the elbow. ╂[< unrecorded Anglo French rerebras < rere back, rear + bras arm. Compare French arrièrebras (literally) rear arm.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • rere-brace — …   Useful english dictionary

  • rere — rere·brace; rere·dos; rere·mouse; rere·supper; rere·ward; …   English syllables

  • brace — brace; brace·let; em·brace·able; em·brace·ment; em·brace·or; rere·brace; thor·ough·brace; un·brace; vam·brace; coun·ter·brace; em·brace; em·brace·ably; …   English syllables

  • rere- — combining form Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French rere, riere backward, behind, from Latin retro more at retro : subsequent : rear rere ban …   Useful english dictionary

  • rerebrace — rere·brace …   English syllables

  • rerebrace — rere•brace [[t]ˈrɪərˌbreɪs[/t]] n. her a piece of plate armor for the upper arm • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < AF, =rere (OF r(i) ere rear, hindmost < L retrō; see retro ) +brasarm; see brace …   From formal English to slang

  • rerebrace — noun cannon that provides plate armor for the upper arm • Syn: ↑upper cannon • Hypernyms: ↑cannon • Part Holonyms: ↑body armor, ↑body armour, ↑suit of armor, ↑suit of armour, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rerebrace — Rere brace (r?r br?s ), n. [F. arri?re bras.] (Anc. Armor) Armor for the upper part of the arm. Fairholt. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rerebrace — /rear brays /, n. Armor. a piece of plate armor for the upper arm; an upper cannon. Cf. vambrace (def. 1). See diag. under armor. [1300 50; ME, equiv. to rere ( < MF rere, riere behind, backward < L retro RETRO ) + BRACE] * * * …   Universalium

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