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brick

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noun \ˈbrik\

Simple Definition of brick

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a good-hearted person

  3. 3 :  a rectangular compressed mass (as of ice cream)

  4. 4 :  a semisoft cheese with numerous small holes, smooth texture, and often mild flavor

  5. 5 :  gaffe, blunder —used especially in the phrase drop a brick

  6. 6 :  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


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brick

verb

Definition of brick

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to close, face, or pave with bricks —usually used with up, in, or over

  3. 2 :  to render (an electronic device, such as a smartphone) nonfunctional (as by accidental damage, malicious hacking, or software changes)



1592

First Known Use of brick

1592




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