Definition of Brick

1. Noun. Rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material.

Specialized synonyms: Adobe, Adobe Brick, Clinker, Clinker Brick, Firebrick, Cope, Coping, Header, Mud Brick
Generic synonyms: Ceramic, Building Material
Terms within: Clay



2. Noun. A good fellow; helpful and trustworthy.
Generic synonyms: Good Person

Definition of Brick

1. n. A block or clay tempered with water, sand, etc., molded into a regular form, usually rectangular, and sun-dried, or burnt in a kiln, or in a heap or stack called a clamp.

2. v. t. To lay or pave with bricks; to surround, line, or construct with bricks.

Definition of Brick

1. Noun. A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay etc., used for building. ¹

2. Noun. Considered collectively, as a building material. ¹

3. Noun. Something shaped like a brick. ¹

4. Noun. (dated) A helpful and reliable person. ¹

5. Noun. (basketball slang) A shot which misses, particularly one which bounces directly out of the basket because of a too-flat trajectory, as if the ball were a heavier object. ¹

6. Noun. (informal) A power brick; an external power supply consisting of a small box with an integral male power plug and an attached electric cord terminating in another power plug. ¹

7. Noun. (technology slang) An electronic device, especially a heavy box-shaped one, that has become non-functional or obsolete. ¹

8. Noun. (context: firearms) a carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick. ¹

9. Noun. (poker slang) A community card (usually the turn or the river) which does not improve a player's hand. ¹

10. Adjective. Made of brick(s). ¹

11. Verb. To build with bricks. ¹

12. Verb. To make into bricks. ¹

13. Verb. (slang) To hit someone using a brick. ¹

14. Verb. (computing slang) To make an electronic device nonfunctional and usually beyond repair, essentially making it no more useful than a brick. ¹

15. Verb. (regional slang) To be in a high state of anxiety or fright: "Bricking it" ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Brick

1. to build with bricks (blocks of clay) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Brick

1. 1. A block or clay tempered with water, sand, etc, molded into a regular form, usually rectangular, and sun-dried, or burnt in a kiln, or in a heap or stack called a clamp. "The Assyrians appear to have made much less use of bricks baked in the furnace than the Babylonians." (Layard) 2. Bricks, collectively, as designating that kind of material; as, a load of brick; a thousand of brick. "Some of Palladio's finest examples are of brick." (Weale) 3. Any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brick (of bread). 4. A good fellow; a merry person; as, you 're a brick. "He 's a dear little brick." To have a brick in one's hat, to be drunk. Brick is used adjectively or in combination; as, brick wall; brick clay; brick colour; brick red. Brick clay, clay suitable for, or used in making, bricks. Brick dust, dust of pounded or broken bricks. Brick earth, clay or earth suitable for, or used in making, bricks. Brick loaf, a loaf of bread somewhat resembling a brick in shape. Brick nogging, a brick arch under a hearth, usually within the thickness of a wooden floor, to guard against accidents by fire. Brick trowel. See Trowel. Brick works, a place where bricks are made. Bath brick. See Bath, a city. Pressed brick, bricks which, before burning, have been subjected to pressure, to free them from the imperfections of shape and texture which are common in molded bricks. Origin: OE. Brik, F. Brique; of Ger. Origin; cf. AS. Brice a breaking, fragment, Prov. E. Brique piece, brique de pain, equiv. To AS. Hlafes brice, fr. The root of E. Break. See Break. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Brick

bribable
bribe
bribeable
bribed
bribee
bribees
bribeless
briber
briberies
bribers
bribery
bribes
bribetaking
bribing
bric-a-brac
brick (current term)
brick-tea
brick by brick
brick cheese
brick house
brick houses
brick in
brick it
brick over
brick red
brick trowel
brick up
brick veneer

Literary usage of Brick

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"The various kinds of brick are given in the subtitles, in the definitions of which ... —RS Air brick. A hollow and pierced brick or piece of hard material, ..."

2. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine by Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection (Library of Congress) (1913)
"planters were well versed, it was in the making of brick. ... Now it seems that brick was made use of almost contemporaneously with the first settlement. ..."

3. Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Company, John B. Litto, Steven C. Stultz (1913)
"Failures of arches from the expansive power of brick are also rare, due to the fact that there are a number of brick in which the expansion is well within ..."

4. Bulletin by North Carolina Dept. of Conservation and Development, North Carolina Geological Survey (1883-1905), North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey (1907)
"Auger machine brick are often repressed, especially if to be used for paving or fronts. If pressed brick are to be made it is important to test the clay on ..."

5. Bulletin by Tennessee Division of Geology, Geological Survey, Division of Geology, Tennessee (1910)
"Fire brick clay—Most good fire bricks are made from mixtures of plastic and ... A fire brick clay must have the power to resist high temperature, ..."

6. A German-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1917)
"Ziegelofen, m. brick kiln, tile kiln. ziegelrot, a. brick-red. Ziegelstein, m. brick. ... Ziegler, in. brick maker, tile maker. zieh, prêt, of zeihen. ..."

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