1. An expression of approval or trust.
2. A ceremony formerly used in conferring knighthood, consisting am embrace, and a slight blow on the shoulders with the flat blade of a sword.
2. An expression of congratulations.
3. (Typography) A brace used to join two or more staves.
curved architectural moulding like a brace
award or honor, praise; ceremony of knighting; Music, vertical line coupling staves; Architecture, curved molding.
Symbolic blow on the shoulders with the flat of the sword, given by the sovereign, or a representative, in conferring a knighthood. Also, high praise or approval.