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brick

 (brĭk)
n.
1.
a. A molded rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln until hard and used as a building and paving material.
b. Such blocks of clay used as a building material: a house made of brick.
c. An object shaped like such a block: a brick of cheese.
d. Informal A smartphone, tablet, or similar electronic device that connects to the internet that has become inoperable.
2. A dark brownish red.
3. Informal A helpful, reliable person.
4. Basketball A shot that falls short of the basket.
v. bricked, brick·ing, bricks
v.tr.
1. To construct, line, or pave with bricks.
2. To close or wall with brick: bricked up the windows of the old house.
3. To cause to become inoperable. Used especially of electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets, that connect to the internet. I bricked my smartphone when I tried to untether it.
v.intr.
To become inoperable. Used especially of electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets, that connect to the internet.
Idiom:
drop a brick Informal
To make a clumsy social error.

[Middle English brike, from Middle Dutch bricke.]

brick adj.
brick′y adj.

brick

(brɪk)
n
1. (Building)
a. a rectangular block of clay mixed with sand and fired in a kiln or baked by the sun, used in building construction
b. (as modifier): a brick house.
2. (Building) the material used to make such blocks
3. any rectangular block: a brick of ice.
4. (Building) bricks collectively
5. informal a reliable, trustworthy, or helpful person
6. Brit a child's building block
7. (Colours) short for brick red
8. drop a brick informal Brit to make a tactless or indiscreet remark
9. like a ton of bricks informal (used esp of the manner of punishing or reprimanding someone) with great force; severely: when he spotted my mistake he came down on me like a ton of bricks.
vb (tr)
10. (Building) (usually foll by: in, up, or over) to construct, line, pave, fill, or wall up with bricks: to brick up a window; brick over a patio.
11. slang to attack (a person) with a brick or bricks
[C15: from Old French brique, from Middle Dutch bricke; related to Middle Low German brike, Old English brecan to break]

brick

(brɪk)
n.
1. a block of clay hardened by drying in the sun or burning in a kiln and used for building, paving, etc.
2. such blocks collectively.
3. the material of which such blocks are made.
4. any block or bar having a similar size and shape: a gold brick.
5. Informal. an admirable person.
6. Brit. block (def. 3).
v.t.
7. to pave, line, wall, fill, or build with brick.
adj.
8. made of, constructed with, or resembling bricks.
Idioms:
1. drop a brick, to make a social blunder, esp. an indiscreet remark.
2. hit the bricks,
a. to walk the streets.
b. to go on strike.
[1400–50; late Middle English brike < Middle Dutch bricke; akin to break]
brick′like`, adj.
brick′y, adj.

brick


Past participle: bricked
Gerund: bricking

Imperative
brick
brick
Present
I brick
you brick
he/she/it bricks
we brick
you brick
they brick
Preterite
I bricked
you bricked
he/she/it bricked
we bricked
you bricked
they bricked
Present Continuous
I am bricking
you are bricking
he/she/it is bricking
we are bricking
you are bricking
they are bricking
Present Perfect
I have bricked
you have bricked
he/she/it has bricked
we have bricked
you have bricked
they have bricked
Past Continuous
I was bricking
you were bricking
he/she/it was bricking
we were bricking
you were bricking
they were bricking
Past Perfect
I had bricked
you had bricked
he/she/it had bricked
we had bricked
you had bricked
they had bricked
Future
I will brick
you will brick
he/she/it will brick
we will brick
you will brick
they will brick
Future Perfect
I will have bricked
you will have bricked
he/she/it will have bricked
we will have bricked
you will have bricked
they will have bricked
Future Continuous
I will be bricking
you will be bricking
he/she/it will be bricking
we will be bricking
you will be bricking
they will be bricking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bricking
you have been bricking
he/she/it has been bricking
we have been bricking
you have been bricking
they have been bricking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bricking
you will have been bricking
he/she/it will have been bricking
we will have been bricking
you will have been bricking
they will have been bricking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bricking
you had been bricking
he/she/it had been bricking
we had been bricking
you had been bricking
they had been bricking
Conditional
I would brick
you would brick
he/she/it would brick
we would brick
you would brick
they would brick
Past Conditional
I would have bricked
you would have bricked
he/she/it would have bricked
we would have bricked
you would have bricked
they would have bricked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brick - rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kilnbrick - rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
adobe brick, adobe - sun-dried brick; used in hot dry climates
ceramic - an artifact made of hard brittle material produced from nonmetallic minerals by firing at high temperatures
clinker brick, clinker - a hard brick used as a paving stone
firebrick - brick made of fire clay; used for lining e.g. furnaces and chimneys
cope, coping, header - brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
mud brick - a brick made from baked mud
building material - material used for constructing buildings
clay - a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired
2.brick - a good fellow; helpful and trustworthy
good person - a person who is good to other people

brick

noun (Informal) kind person, good sort, salt of the earth, star You were a brick, a real friend when I was in need.
brick something up wall up, cover, close up, shut up We bricked up all our windows.
Translations
baksteen
طوبٌ، آجُر، قَرْميدطوبَة
тухла
cihlacihlovýzdít
mursten
briko
telliskivi-
tiili
cigla
tégla
múrsteinn
煉瓦
벽돌
later
įžeidžianti pastabamūrininkasplyta
ķieģelisķieģeļu-
tehlatehlový
opeka
опека
tegeltegelsten
อิฐ
gạch

brick

[brɪk]
A. N
1. (Constr) → ladrillo m, tabique m (Mex)
bricks and mortarconstrucción f, edificios mpl
to come down on sb like a ton of bricksechar una bronca de miedo a algn
to drop a brick (Brit) → meter la pata, tirarse una plancha (Sp)
you can't make bricks without strawsin paja ho hay ladrillos
2. (Brit) (= toy) → cubo m
3. [of ice cream] → bloque m
4. (o.f.) (= person) he's a brickes buen chico
be a brick and lend it to mepréstamelo como buen amigo
B. CPDde ladrillo(s)
brick kiln Nhorno m de ladrillos
brick wall Npared f de ladrillos
to beat one's head against a brick wallesforzarse en balde
brick in VT + ADV [+ window etc] → tapar con ladrillos or (Mex) tabiques
brick up VT + ADV [+ window etc] → tapar con ladrillos or (Mex) tabiques

brick

[ˈbrɪk]
nbrique f
bricks and mortar (= property) → l'immobilier
brick and mortar [retailers, industries, world] → de l'économie traditionnelle, brique et mortier
modifen brique
a brick wall → un mur en brique
to be banging one's head against a brick wall (= speaking in vain) → parler à un mur (= acting in vain) → agir en pure perte
to hit a brick wall, to come up against a brick wall (fig)se heurter à un mur
brick up
vt [+ door, window] → murer

brick

n
(Build) → Ziegel- or Backstein m; bricks and mortar (= property)Immobilien pl; you can’t make bricks without straw (Prov) → wo nichts ist, kann auch nichts werden; he came or was down on me like a ton of bricks (inf)er hat mich unheimlich fertiggemacht (inf); to drop a brick (Brit fig inf) → ins Fettnäpfchen treten; to drop somebody/something like a hot brick (inf)jdn/etw wie eine heiße Kartoffel fallen lassen
(= toy)(Bau)klotz m; box of (building) bricksBaukasten m
(of ice cream)Block m
(dated inf)feiner Kerl (inf); be a brick!sei ein Kumpel!
bricks (Brit sl: = money) → Kohle f (inf)

brick

in cpdsBackstein-;
brickbat
n (= missile)Backsteinbrocken m; (fig)Beschimpfung f
brick building
nBacksteinbau m

brick

:
brick kiln
nZiegelofen m
bricklayer
nMaurer m
bricklaying
nMaurerarbeit f; (= trade)Maurerhandwerk nt
brick-red
adjziegelrot
brick wall
n (fig inf) I might as well be talking to a brickich könnte genauso gut gegen eine Wand reden; it’s like beating or banging one’s head against a brickes ist, wie wenn man mit dem Kopf gegen die Wand rennt; to come up against or hit a brickplötzlich vor einer Mauer stehen
brickwork
nBacksteinmauerwerk nt
brickworks
pl, brickyard
nZiegelei f

brick

[brɪk] n (single) → mattone m; (material) → mattoni mpl; (toy) → cubo
building bricks → (gioco delle) costruzioni fpl
he came down on me like a ton of bricks (fig) → ancora un po' e mi mangiava
to drop a brick (fig) (fam) → fare una gaffe
to meet or come up against a brick wall (fig) → trovarsi davanti un ostacolo insormontabile
I felt I was banging my head against a brick wall → mi sembrava di parlare al muro
you can't make bricks without straw (Proverb) → non si può far niente senza l'occorrente
brick in brick up vt + advmurare

brick

(brik) noun
(a block of) baked clay used for building. a pile of bricks; (also adjective) a brick wall.
ˈbrickbat noun
an insult. They hurled brickbats at the politician throughout his speech.
ˈbricklayer noun
a person who builds (houses etc) with bricks.

brick

طوبَة cihla mursten Ziegel τούβλο ladrillo tiili brique cigla mattone 煉瓦 벽돌 baksteen murstein cegła tijolo кирпич tegelsten อิฐ tuğla gạch
References in classic literature ?
The Portuguese held his tongue like a brick, and walked the plank, while the jolly tars cheered like mad.
They began to walk along a narrow brick sidewalk between the cracks of which tall weeds grew.
store' buildings, a brick schoolhouse, the court-house, and four white churches.
I suppose we could get brick over from La Grange, if you cared for it, but it would take longer.
That's yonder,--the great brick house, you know,--the workhouse, most folks call it; but I mean to do my work first, and go there to be idle and enjoy myself.
In my native town of Salem, at the head of what, half a century ago, in the days of old King Derby, was a bustling wharf -- but which is now burdened with decayed wooden warehouses, and exhibits few or no symptoms of commercial life; except, perhaps, a bark or brig, half-way down its melancholy length, discharging hides; or, nearer at hand, a Nova Scotia schooner, pitching out her cargo of firewood -- at the head, I say, of this dilapidated wharf, which the tide often overflows, and along which, at the base and in the rear of the row of buildings, the track of many languid years is seen in a border of unthrifty grass -- here, with a view from its front windows adown this not very enlivening prospect, and thence across the harbour, stands a spacious edifice of brick.
Didn't that Dough-Boy, the steward, tell me that of a morning he always finds the old man's hammock clothes all rumpled and tumbled, and the sheets down at the foot, and the coverlid almost tied into knots, and the pillow a sort of frightful hot, as though a baked brick had been on it?
The timbers beneath are of a peculiar strength, fitted to sustain the weight of an almost solid mass of brick and mortar, some ten feet by eight square, and five in height.
They were left standing upon the corner, staring; down a side street there were two rows of brick houses, and between them a vista: half a dozen chimneys, tall as the tallest of buildings, touching the very sky--and leaping from them half a dozen columns of smoke, thick, oily, and black as night.
But then the Church came to the front, with an axe to grind; and she was wise, subtle, and knew more than one way to skin a cat -- or a nation; she invented "divine right of kings," and propped it all around, brick by brick, with the Beatitudes -- wrenching them from their good purpose to make them fortify an evil one; she preached (to the commoner) humility, obedience to superiors, the beauty of self-sacrifice; she preached
She's more than a brick, more than a thousand bricks - she's a reptile
John's head as a boy--painted in fresco on a brick.