brick

noun, often attributive
\ ˈbrik How to pronounce brick (audio) \

Definition of brick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 made 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

brick

verb
bricked; bricking; bricks

Definition of brick (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to close, face, or pave with bricks usually used with up, in, or over brick up a doorwaybrick 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 brick entry 1 sense 6) brick a free throw

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Examples of brick in a Sentence

Noun

a house made of brick a brick of ice cream children playing with wooden bricks He has been an absolute brick.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The residence hall, which will be constructed with a red brick and limestone facade, will offer 115 underground parking stalls and 170 bike racks. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "At Selby and Cleveland, Opus begins construction of five-story St. Thomas residence hall," 10 July 2019 For Mitchell, the salamanders are a brick in an ecologically diverse wall. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio scientist works to save endangered salamander in southeastern U.S.," 8 July 2019 And a few bricks toppled from a chimney at 25th Avenue between Prescott and Skidmore streets. oregonlive.com, "NE Portland tornado lasted 6 minutes, traveled 1 mile, authorities say," 2 July 2019 There's no denying that this thing is a brick, but Maxoak's Laptop Power Bank has nearly double the capacity of our second-largest pick. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Over 20,000 people love these portable chargers," 2 July 2019 The first test is called the Alternate Uses Task and measures conceptual expansion: typically by asking people to think of as many possible uses for an everyday object, such as a brick or a paperclip. The Economist, "Zapping the brain improves creativity," 14 June 2019 It is said that those who threw the first brick on that historic night were members of the trans community. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Lady Gaga surprises Stonewall crowd with impassioned speech for LGBTQ equality," 28 June 2019 Many brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling to keep their footing amid Amazon's growing market share and changing consumer tastes. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon's Prime Day, starting July 15, is now 48 hours long," 25 June 2019 In the old days, a label might have gone to a brick and mortar retailer, telling them about a big sync coming up and asking for a comparable buy-in, Mahoney said. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Indie Sector Solidifies Ranks at 10th Annual A2IM Indie Week Conference," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Renovation workers discovered historic features that had been covered up by earlier remodeling, included murals, dishes, bricked-up windows and opera posters on ceilings. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 Their enclosure began when they were literally bricked into their cells, and was meant to continue until the moment of their death. Annie Sutherland, Quartzy, "“The Handmaid’s Tale” costume is now the ultimate symbol of women’s rights," 13 June 2019 Wiens made note of how Error 53, which bricked iPhones using third-party components, forced Apple to develop a fix for the issue. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple confirms its T2 security chip blocks some third-party repairs of new Macs," 12 Nov. 2018 Yes, ECUs so equipped will brick themselves if malicious code is introduced into theirs—but that’s separate from tuning efforts. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette's Engine Computer is Tuner-Resistant? We Think Not," 30 May 2019 But fans aren’t pleased, especially considering that the company has a history of bricking remote setups without warning. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Logitech angers users with Harmony update that breaks some home automation setups," 20 Dec. 2018 This isn’t the first time Logitech’s had to make amends: the company decided to brick the Harmony Hub’s predecessor last March, and agreed to give every owner a free Harmony Hub to deal with that backlash. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Logitech pulls 180, will un-break third-party Harmony home automation," 21 Dec. 2018 Deary gutted the place to brick and studs himself, then moved walls to open it up, most notably in the master bath, where now no walls exist at all. Kathleen Hackett, ELLE Decor, "Keri Russell at Home," 5 May 2011 This isn't the first time Logitech has essentially bricked one of its own devices. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Logitech disables local access on Harmony Hubs, breaks automation systems [Update]," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of brick

Noun

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brick

Noun

Middle English bryke, from Middle Dutch bricke

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brick

noun

English Language Learners 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

brick

noun
\ ˈbrik How to pronounce brick (audio) \

Kids Definition of brick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

brick

verb
bricked; bricking

Kids Definition of brick (Entry 2 of 2)

: to close, face, or pave with bricks

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