noun, often attributive \ˈbrik\

: a small, hard block of baked clay that is used to build structures (such as houses) and sometimes to make streets, paths, etc.

: blocks of baked clay used as building material

: a block of something

Full Definition of BRICK

plural bricks or brick :  a handy-sized unit of building or paving material typically being rectangular and about 214 × 334 × 8 inches (57 × 95 × 203 millimeters) and of moist clay hardened by heat
:  a good-hearted person
:  a rectangular compressed mass (as of ice cream)
:  a semisoft cheese with numerous small holes, smooth texture, and often mild flavor
:  gaffe, blunder —used especially in the phrase drop a brick
:  a badly missed shot in basketball <he threw up a brick>

Examples of BRICK

  1. a house made of brick
  2. a brick of ice cream
  3. children playing with wooden bricks
  4. He has been an absolute brick.

Origin of BRICK

Middle English bryke, from Middle Dutch bricke
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of BRICK

transitive verb
:  to close, face, or pave with bricks —usually used with up, in, or over
:  to render (an electronic device, such as a smartphone) nonfunctional (as by accidental damage, malicious hacking, or software changes)

First Known Use of BRICK



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Small building unit in the form of a rectangular block, first produced in a sun-dried form at least 6,000 years ago. Clay, the basic ingredient, is mined from open pits, formed, and then fired in a kiln to produce strength, hardness, and heat resistance. Brick was the chief building material in the ancient Near East. Its versatility was expanded in ancient Rome by improvements in manufacture and by new techniques of bonding. Brick came to be widely used in Western Europe for the protection it offered against fire. See also masonry, mortar.


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