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

Fans of the show may be familiar with Rayna Jaymes's 20,533-square-foot home's opulent brick-and-wood facade and impressive front gate, as well parts of its lavish interior. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "The Real-Life House Where Rayna Jaymes Lived on 'Nashville' Is for Sale," 18 May 2019 Common exterior building materials range from brick and stone to stucco and wood siding. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The True Beauty of Craftsman-Style Homes," 14 May 2019 Remember how your skin cells are like bricks and the oil is like mortar? Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "What You Should Know Before Using a Trendy New Face Oil," 13 Mar. 2019 Otherwise, there’s a lot to understand that’s beyond the brick and trowel. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 From the hallway of the tidy, one-story brick home on Index Court Northeast, the younger Gatewood could see his father’s body on the floor, just inside the door of the back bedroom, lying in a pool of blood. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "‘So much blood’: Son haunted by questions after Renton police’s ‘shoddy’ investigation of his dad’s death," 4 Dec. 2018 Police had received a call about a domestic dispute in the five-bedroom, five-bathroom brown brick home the Buffalo Bills running back shared with his girlfriend, fashion designer Delicia Cordon. Will Hobson, chicagotribune.com, "Police reports detail three prior calls to LeSean McCoy's residence in Atlanta suburbs," 12 July 2018 Buy Photo For more than a decade, Santos Cruz watched bulldozers tear down hundreds of rowhouses in Mount Holly Gardens, including those attached to each side of his two-story brick home. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Nine new houses sit empty in Mount Holly. Here's why," 2 July 2018 Emergency crews responded to fire at a single-story, brick home in the in the 16200 block of Long Valley Court around 2:30 a.m., where a mother, father, their four young children and the children's grandmother were trapped, Williams said. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "Children, 1 and 7, and their grandmother killed in Conroe fire," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Apple Watch owners can rest assured that today’s update is specifically built not to brick their devices. Dami Lee, The Verge, "watchOS 5.1.1 is out now, and it will no longer brick your Apple Watch," 5 Nov. 2018 In Instacart’s case, it’s by being the chief ally to brick-and-mortar retailers in a $1 trillion industry where e-commerce sales are growing 29 percent year-over-year, but still account for no more than 5 percent of total sales. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Instacart’s new $7 billion valuation is a bet on the future of grocery delivery — not a wager against Amazon," 16 Oct. 2018 With just over a minute left, Redick bricked a wide-open three from the left wing, a shot that would have given the Sixers a five-point lead. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Celtics Finish Sixers, Earn Rematch With LeBron in Conference Finals," 10 May 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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