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Bras, Brace, Bres, n. Also: brasse, brase, brais, bresse. [ME. bras (brasse, brase), OE. bræs.] 1. Brass.(a) a1400 Leg. S. i. 237.
Serpens als of bras he made
c1420 Wynt. iii. 925.
He made in hy a bull off bras
Ib. v. 3004.
Wytht yhettys off bras he closyt … the entré
1428 Exch. R. IV. 450.
Quatuor [pondera] de bras et septem de plumbo
1454–5 Edinb. Chart. 79.
A table of bras … with his armis
c1475 Wall. vii. 110.
The fyrst writtyng was gros letteris of bras
a1500 Seven S. 1625.
Ane ymage with a arow & bow of bras
c1500 Rowll Cursing 214.
With bugillis and hornis maid of bras
1507 Dunferm. B. Rec. 163.
A pot of iij quartes … of bras
1549 Compl. 145/29.
Coppir, bras, and yrn, and vthir mettellis
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 311.
Thre schawis of bras to the cran
1585 9th Rep. Hist. MSS. 193/1.
Ane pair of quheillis … buschit with bras
(b) c 1450 Misc. Maitl. C.: III. 205.
Ane letturon of brace for the wangell
1541 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 176.
Ane chandlar of brace
1542 Aberd. Univ. Rec. 577.
Five [gun-] chalmeris and calmis of brais
1562-3 Winȝet I. 114/19.
Sepulturis of brace, leid, and siklyke
Ib. II. 57/4.
That thow … for gold … put down leid, or … brase
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 324.
Thir jewallis wer maid of brace, and doubill ourgilt with gold
1587 Acts III. 522/1.
That thair be double standertis of all … wechtis, mettis, and measouris maid of brais
1622-6 Bisset II. 209/26.
Ten stane of brase makis ane barrell
1636 Thanes of Cawdor 281.
Twa keil pettoris of brace
1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 54.
Ane plate of brase, haveing engraven thairon the name and armes [etc.]
(c) 1567 Bamff Chart. 71.
Ane pouset [sic] of bres
Ane small pann of bres
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xxix. 131.
Without I … brag out and tak ane face of bres
1591 Wedderburn Compt Bk. 166.
The bres quhilk the armes wes on
1645 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 44.
A leid of bres for brewing

2. attrib. = Brasin a. 1610 Kynloss Abbey, p. xi.
4 brase wall candell beiraris
1653 Edinb. Test. LXVII. 45.
Ane brace laiddell, ane flesch cruik
1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 302.
Ane brase skummer
1685 Ib. LVIII. 354.
A shuffell with brase bosses
1700 Irvine Mun. II. 317.
Three dozen of bresse buttons

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