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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.

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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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. Donna Shalala:

    It's her first vote that puts in place leaders, no matter what her positions are. They have disrespected Miami for too long a period of time, we've had people that were somewhat moderate representing South Florida. All of them hit a brick wall with their ideas, and that's disrespecting the people of Miami. ... We should not reinforce that by sending someone up that's going to vote for that leadership.

  2. Mark Zandi:

    Brick-and-mortar retailers are already in recession, they've been laying off workers coming up on three years. And this is a time when consumers are out spending aggressively. If the broader economy is in recession, there is going to be blood in the streets.

  3. Jessica Goldman:

    In the long term, the coronavirus will dilute the brick and mortar fitness industry model.

  4. Neil Shah:

    If Xiaomi has to reach out to rural areas and smaller cities (which have lower online populations), they have to have tie-ups with brick-and-mortar stores.

  5. Jack Ablin:

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

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    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
    • A. scrutiny
    • B. drought
    • C. tranquillity
    • D. disguise

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