Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A molded rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln until hard and used as a building and paving material.
  • n. An object shaped like such a block: a brick of cheese.
  • n. Informal A helpful, reliable person.
  • transitive v. To construct, line, or pave with bricks.
  • transitive v. To close or wall with brick: bricked up the windows of the old house.
  • idiom drop a brick Informal To make a clumsy social error.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay etc., used for building.
  • n. Considered collectively, as a building material.
  • n. Something shaped like a brick.
  • n. A helpful and reliable person.
  • n. A shot which misses, particularly one which bounces directly out of the basket because of a too-flat trajectory, as if the ball were a heavier object.
  • n. A power brick; an external power supply consisting of a small box with an integral male power plug and an attached electric cord terminating in another power plug.
  • n. An electronic device, especially a heavy box-shaped one, that has become non-functional or obsolete.
  • n. a carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick.
  • n. A community card (usually the turn or the river) which does not improve a player's hand.
  • adj. Made of brick(s).
  • v. To build with bricks.
  • v. To make into bricks.
  • v. To hit someone using a brick.
  • v. To make an electronic device nonfunctional and usually beyond repair, essentially making it no more useful than a brick.
  • v. To be in a high state of anxiety or fright: "Bricking it"(Can we verify(+) this sense?)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A block or clay tempered with water, sand, etc., molded into a regular form, usually rectangular, and sun-dried, or burnt in a kiln, or in a heap or stack called a clamp.
  • n. Bricks, collectively, as designating that kind of material.
  • n. Any oblong rectangular mass.
  • n. A good fellow; a merry person.
  • transitive v. To lay or pave with bricks; to surround, line, or construct with bricks.
  • transitive v. To imitate or counterfeit a brick wall on, as by smearing plaster with red ocher, making the joints with an edge tool, and pointing them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A breach.
  • n. A rent or flaw.
  • n. A portion of land (apparently the same as breck, 4).
  • To break by pulling back.
  • n. A kind of artificial stone made (usually) of moistened and finely kneaded clay molded into rectangular blocks (the length of which is commonly twice the breadth), and hardened by being burned in a kiln, or sometimes, especially in warm countries, by being dried in the sun. Sun-dried bricks are usually now, as in remote antiquity, mixed with chopped straw to give them greater tenacity. (See adobe.) Bricks in the United States and Europe are generally red (see brick-clay), but some clays produce yellowish bricks, as for example the Milwaukee brick much used as an ornamental building material in the United States. The bricks made in China and Japan are invariably of a slaty-blue color.
  • n. A mass or object resembling a brick: as, a brick of tea; a silver brick. Specifically
  • n. A loaf of bread.
  • n. In heraldry, a charge similar to a billet, but depicted so as to show the thickness, that is, in perspective.
  • Made of brick; resembling brick; as, a brick wall; a brick-red color.
  • To lay or pave with bricks, or to surround, close, or wall in with bricks.
  • To build in with bricks; place in brickwork.
  • To give the appearance of brick to: said of a plastered wall when it is smeared with red ocher and joints are made in it with an edgetool, and then filled with fine plaster to resemble brickwork.
  • n. A good fellow, in an emphatic sense: a term of admiration bestowed on one who on occasion or habitually shows in a modest way great or unexpected courage, kindness, or thoughtfulness, or other admirable qualities.
  • n. “In brief I don't stick to declare Father Dick, So they called him for short, was a regular brick; A metaphor taken, I have not the page aright, Out of an ethical work by the Stagyrite.”
  • n. Barham, Ingoldsby Legends, Brothers of Birchington.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
  • n. a good fellow; helpful and trustworthy

Etymologies

Middle English brike, from Middle Dutch bricke.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French brique, probably from a Germanic source. Compare Middle Dutch bricke ("broken piece; tile"). Cognate with the verb break. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • AWAD: Well, the center of gravity economically has shifted to what they call the brick countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China.

    CNN Transcript Jul 1, 2008

  • The little town of Malvern, Arkansas, is somewhere between Little Rock and my hometown of Hope on Interstate 30 and, during my re - election campaign for lieutenant governor, I was in the courthouse square doing what they call brick fest, which is a festival they have every summer.

    CNN Transcript Jan 13, 2008

  • He had bought in town a little china match-safe, which he gravely presented to Mrs. Whaling as a slight addition to the collection of what she termed her brick-a-braw.

    Marion's Faith.

  • I had not time to visit this spot; but an officer showed me some pieces of what they called the brick which composes the wall.

    Diary in America, Series One

  • "They need to work on what we call brick workouts where they're getting out of the pool and adjusting to getting on a bike or what's harder is getting off the bike and getting your legs used to running," Schultz said ..

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  • Will there be a resurgence in brick and mortar operations?

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  • So I had a section of brick (aldoquin) about 15'x12 'removed, a concrete retaining wall built to hold up the rest of the brick from the resulting pit, and "river" dirt brought in (as if there were any rivers around here).

    Cinder block vs brick

  • They live in brick houses now, and have metallic roofs, and one really wonders why.

    4 Campoalegre « Unknowing

  • This will be super expensive since a real brick is 50 cents and a solid brick-sized block of legos is prolly about $10.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Full Size House To Be Built With LEGO Bricks

  • The Ponent Mon books are hard to find in brick-and-mortar bookstores, but Amazon has their books in stock.

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  • “I’ve been shouting it from the highest mountains,” Suhr said. “What we need is a national registry by the cell phone providers so that when your phone is stolen you can immediately ‘brick it’ and make it useless.”
    – San Francisco Chronicle 05-28-13

    June 3, 2013

  • "n. A good fellow, in an emphatic sense: a term of admiration bestowed on one who on occasion or habitually shows in a modest way great or unexpected courage, kindness, or thoughtfulness, or other admirable qualities.
    n. “In brief I don't stick to declare Father Dick, So they called him for short, was a regular brick; A metaphor taken, I have not the page aright, Out of an ethical work by the Stagyrite.”
    n. Barham, Ingoldsby Legends, Brothers of Birchington."
    -- Cent. Dict.

    April 24, 2013

  • "She's a brick, and I'm falling slowly...." -Ben Folds Five

    July 20, 2007

  • see also handbag

    July 20, 2007

  • July 18, 2007