What does Brick mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bricknoun

    rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material

  2. bricknoun

    a good fellow; helpful and trustworthy


  1. bricknoun

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

    This wall is made of bricks.

  2. bricknoun

    Considered collectively, as a building material.

    This house is made of brick.

  3. bricknoun

    Something shaped like a brick.

    a plastic explosive brick

  4. bricknoun

    A helpful and reliable person.

    Thanks for helping me wash the car. You're a brick.

  5. bricknoun

    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.

    We can't win if we keep throwing up bricks from three-point land.

  6. bricknoun

    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.

  7. bricknoun

    An electronic device, especially a heavy box-shaped one, that has become non-functional or obsolete.

  8. bricknoun

    a carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick.

  9. brickverb

    To build with bricks.

  10. brickverb

    To make into bricks.

  11. brickverb

    To hit someone using a brick.

  12. brickverb

    To make an electronic device nonfunctional and usually beyond repair, essentially making it no more useful than a brick.

    My VCR was bricked during the lightning storm.

  13. brickverb

    To be in a high state of anxiety or fright: "Bricking it"

  14. brickadjective

    Made of brick(s).

    All that was left after the fire was the brick chimney.

  15. Etymology: From brique, probably from a source. Compare bricke. Cognate with the verb break.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRICKnoun

    Etymology: brick, Dutch; brique, Fr. according to Gilles Ménage, from imbrex, Lat. whence brica brick .

    For whatsoever doth so alter a body, as it returneth not again to that it was, may be called alteratio major; as coals made of wood, or bricks of earth. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    They generally gain enough by the rubbish and bricks, which the present architects value much beyond those of a modern make, to defray the charges of their search. Addison.

    But spread, my sons, your glory thin or thick,
    On passive paper, or on solid brick. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

  2. To Brickverb

    To lay with bricks.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The sexton comes to know where he is to be laid, and whether his grave is to be plain or bricked. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Brick

    A brick is a type of block used to build walls, pavements and other elements in masonry construction. Properly, the term brick denotes a block composed of dried clay, but is now also used informally to denote other chemically cured construction blocks. Bricks can be joined using mortar, adhesives or by interlocking them. Bricks are usually produced at brickworks in numerous classes, types, materials, and sizes which vary with region and time period, and are produced in bulk quantities.Block is a similar term referring to a rectangular building unit composed of similar materials, but is usually larger than a brick. Lightweight bricks (also called lightweight blocks) are made from expanded clay aggregate. Fired bricks are one of the longest-lasting and strongest building materials, sometimes referred to as artificial stone, and have been used since circa 4000 BC. Air-dried bricks, also known as mud-bricks, have a history older than fired bricks, and have an additional ingredient of a mechanical binder such as straw. Bricks are laid in courses and numerous patterns known as bonds, collectively known as brickwork, and may be laid in various kinds of mortar to hold the bricks together to make a durable structure.


  1. brick

    A brick is a hard, rectangular block typically made from a mixture of clay, concrete, or other ceramic materials, which is then dried and fired for durability. It's commonly used as a building material in construction for walls, pavements, and other structures due to its strength and resilience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bricknoun

    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. Bricknoun

    bricks, collectively, as designating that kind of material; as, a load of brick; a thousand of brick

  3. Bricknoun

    any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brick (of bread)

  4. Bricknoun

    a good fellow; a merry person; as, you 're a brick

  5. Brickverb

    to lay or pave with bricks; to surround, line, or construct with bricks

  6. Brickverb

    to imitate or counterfeit a brick wall on, as by smearing plaster with red ocher, making the joints with an edge tool, and pointing them


  1. Brick

    A brick is a block or a single unit of a ceramic material used in masonry construction. Typically bricks are stacked together or laid as brickwork using various kinds of mortar to hold the bricks together and make a permanent structure. Bricks are typically produced in common or standard sizes in bulk quantities. They have been regarded as one of the longest lasting and strongest building materials used throughout history. In the general sense, a "brick" is a standard-sized weight-bearing building unit. Bricks are laid in horizontal courses, sometimes dry and sometimes with mortar. When the term is used in this sense, the brick might be made from clay, lime-and-sand, concrete, or shaped stone. In a less clinical and more colloquial sense, bricks are made from dried earth, usually from clay-bearing subsoil. In some cases, such as adobe, the brick is merely dried. More commonly it is fired in a kiln of some sort to form a true ceramic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brick

    brik, n. an oblong or square piece of burned clay: a loaf of bread in the shape of a brick: (slang) a reliable friend, a good fellow.—v.t. to lay or pave with brick.—ns. Brick′bat, a piece of brick; Brick′clay, a clay used in making bricks; Brick′-dust, dust made by pounding bricks, a colour like that of brick-dust; Brick′-earth, earth used in making bricks; Brick′-field, a place where bricks are made; Brick′-kiln, a kiln in which bricks are burned; Brick′layer, one who lays or builds with bricks; Brick′laying; Brick′maker, one whose trade is to make bricks; Brick′-tea, tea pressed into cakes; Brick′-work, a structure formed of bricks.—Like a brick, with good-will. [Fr. brique, from root of Break.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. brick

    1. A piece of equipment that has been programmed or configured into a hung, wedged,unusable state. Especially used to describe what happens to devices like routers or PDAs that run from firmware when the firmware image is damaged or its settings are somehow patched to impossible values. This term usually implies irreversibility, but equipment can sometimes be unbricked by performing a hard reset or some other drastic operation. Sometimes verbed: “Yeah, I bricked the router because I forgot about adding in the new access-list.”.2. An outboard power transformer of the kind associated with laptops, modems, routers and other small computing appliances, especially one of the modern type with cords on both ends, as opposed to the older and obnoxious type that plug directly into wall or barrier strip.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BRICK

    An admirable person made of the right sort of clay and possessing plenty of sand. What your friends call you before you go to the wall--but never afterward.

Rap Dictionary

  1. brickadjective

    Very cold.

  2. brickadjective

    To punch.

  3. brickadjective

    An amount of cocaine.

  4. brickadjective

    A word that other gangs from People's Nation use that dont like Gangster Discilples (G.D.)from Folk Nation

  5. bricknoun

    brick (brik) n.

  6. bricknoun

    a commodity such as gold, an officially issued coin or note: 'I got mo bricks in da bank...' Dem Frachize Boys feat. Da Brat and Bow Wow (I Think They Like Me)

Editors Contribution

  1. brick

    A type of material.

    The brick on the external of the house was amazing.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 21, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRICK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brick is ranked #9969 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brick surname appeared 3,235 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Brick.

    93.6% or 3,029 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 92 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 51 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 28 total occurrences were Black.
    0.1% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Brick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3726

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Brick' in Nouns Frequency: #1457

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brick in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Brick in a Sentence

  1. Anderson H. Scruggs:

    Yet after brick and steel and stone are gone, and flesh and blood are dust, the dream lives on.

  2. William J. H. Boetcker:

    Better to be a strong man with a weak point, than to be a weak man without a strong point. A diamond with a flaw is more valuable that a brick without a flaw.

  3. Sheriff Alex Hodge:

    There were other brick and mortar homes that had major damage, but we have no other injuries reported.

  4. Jane Goodall:

    Roots creep under the ground to make a firm foundation. Shoots seems new and small, but to reach the light they can break through brick walls.

  5. Scott Petri:

    Petri told Fox News. That’s in contrast with the 54 percent brick-and-mortar slots rate, Petri said. Petri added that brick and mortar casinos argue that they incur more costs, so online platforms should not be given the benefit of a better tax rate. Petri says he will try to bring the parties together toward a solution in the coming days. As chairman of the committee, I think it’s important that I be an honest broker.

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