Similar to a gauntlet, the bracer is a form of forearm armor used primarily by swordsmen, designed to catch blows with their off hand. Unlike a gauntlet, the bracer neither covers the hand, nor slides over the hand like a glove, but instead clasps on the underside of the arm via straps or has a slit through which the arm can be inserted.

Greek variants of the bracer often extended past the wrist with a V-shaped piece of bronze to guard the back of the hand. This variant was later adapted into a weapon by extending the guard beyond the knuckles, giving the user the ability to - quite literally - punch a hole through their enemies.
The bracer is superior to the gauntlet because it leaves the fingers free.
by Avelon May 22, 2005

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An alcoholic drink taken to steady the nerves
Old Alcoholic: The ex is stopping in today with her social worker--time for a little bracer.
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