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

An hour east of Nashville, in the small town of Carthage, Tennessee, orders of pills that contained oxycodone and hydrocodone skyrocketed about 74% from 2006 through 2012 at Smith County Drug Center, a stately brick pharmacy with white columns. Anchorage Daily News, "Just 15% of U.S. pharmacies distributed nearly half of prescription opioid pain pills," 12 Aug. 2019 Home was a brick mansion in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where his two adult daughters lived. Sarah M. Broom, The New Yorker, "Who Stays Gone, and Who Can Afford to Return," 12 Aug. 2019 The violent scenes emerged as protesters used flash mobs across the city, surrounding police stations, disrupting traffic, and hurling projectiles including bricks and petrol bombs. Shirley Li, Fortune, "Hong Kong Airport Cancels All Flights As Protests Prompt Biggest Disruption Yet," 12 Aug. 2019 That’s what happened at 2650 Magnolia St., a squat brick structure near McClymonds High School in West Oakland. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland shuttered artist warehouses after Ghost Ship. Cannabis may take the rest," 11 Aug. 2019 Guestrooms feature exposed timber, brick and stone, and no two rooms are alike. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Looking for a unique getaway? Go boutique at one of these new and not-so-far-away hotels," 10 Aug. 2019 The studs on these Lego bricks have been specially rearranged to represent letters, numbers and symbols — the building blocks of language. CBS News, "Lego creates special bricks to teach Braille," 9 Aug. 2019 The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem is selling commemorative bricks from Martin Tower. USA TODAY, "Emoji house, Saharan dust, turtle crossing: News from around our 50 states," 8 Aug. 2019 Both lived intensely hard lives before winding up at this red brick bungalow on a quiet Southwest Side street that serves as a unique refuge for those seeking shelter from street violence. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Trump considers commuting Blagojevich, how a Southwest Side bungalow became a refuge from street life and other things to know to start your day," 8 Aug. 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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