What does brick mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brick(noun)

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

  2. brick(noun)

    a good fellow; helpful and trustworthy


  1. brick(Noun)

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

    This wall is made of bricks.

  2. brick(Noun)

    Considered collectively, as a building material.

    This house is made of brick.

  3. brick(Noun)

    Something shaped like a brick.

    a plastic explosive brick

  4. brick(Noun)

    A helpful and reliable person.

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

  5. brick(Noun)

    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. brick(Noun)

    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. brick(Noun)

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

  8. brick(Noun)

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

  9. brick(Verb)

    To build with bricks.

  10. brick(Verb)

    To make into bricks.

  11. brick(Verb)

    To hit someone using a brick.

  12. brick(Verb)

    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. brick(Verb)

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

  14. brick(Adjective)

    Made of brick(s).

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brick(noun)

    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. Brick(noun)

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

  3. Brick(noun)

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

  4. Brick(noun)

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

  5. Brick(verb)

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

  6. Brick(verb)

    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.

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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. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    I've now laid my brick.

  2. Maryam Baraka:

    There is no alternative to a brick house.

  3. Charles 'Mr. Go Hard' Scott:

    I can choke a brick, poke a stick, and drown a glass of water

  4. Kirthi Kalyanam:

    These early businesses thought that investing in brick and mortar was a mistake.

  5. Jack Ablin:

    Brick-and-mortar retailers are fighting over an ephemeral slice of a shrinking pie.

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