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brick

noun, often attributive \ ˈbrik \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of brick

1 plural bricks or brick : a handy-sized unit of building or paving material typically being rectangular and about 2¹/₄ × 3³/₄ × 8 inches (57 × 95 × 203 millimeters) and of moist clay hardened by heat
2 : a good-hearted person
3 : a rectangular compressed mass (as of ice cream)
4 : a semisoft cheese with numerous small holes, smooth texture, and often mild flavor
5 : gaffe, blunder used especially in the phrase drop a brick
6 : a badly missed shot in basketball
  • he threw up a brick

Examples of brick in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of brick

Middle English bryke, from Middle Dutch bricke


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brick

verb

Definition of brick

bricked; bricking; bricks
1 : to close, face, or pave with bricks usually used with up, in, or over
  • brick up a doorway
  • brick over an opening
2 : to render (an electronic device, such as a smartphone) nonfunctional (as by accidental damage, malicious hacking, or software changes)
  • … those who dared hack the phone to add features … risked having it "bricked"—completely and permanently disabled—on the next automatic update …
  • —Jonathan Zittrain
3 basketball, informal : to miss (a shot) very badly : to throw up a brick on (a shot) (see 1brick 6)
  • brick a free throw

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First Known Use of brick

1592

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BRICK Defined for English Language Learners

brick

Definition of brick for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BRICK Defined for Kids

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brick

noun \ ˈbrik \

Definition of brick for Students

1 : a building or paving material made from clay molded into blocks and baked
2 : a block made of brick

2

brick

verb

Definition of brick for Students

bricked; bricking
: to close, face, or pave with bricks


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