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brick Meaning, Definition & Usage

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

Brick noun
OE. brik, F. brique; of Ger. origin; cf. AS. brice a breaking, fragment, Prov. E. brique piece, brique de pain, equiv. to AS. hlafes brice, fr. the root of E. break. See Break.
  1. 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.
    The Assyrians appear to have made much less use of bricks baked in the furnace than the Babylonians. Layard.
  2. Bricks, collectively, as designating that kind of material; as, a load of brick; a thousand of brick.
    Some of Palladio's finest examples are of brick. Weale.
  3. Any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brick (of bread).
  4. A good fellow; a merry person; as, you 're a brick. Slang "He 's a dear little brick." Thackeray. Brick is used adjectively or in combination; as, brick wall; brick clay; brick color; brick red.
Brick transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Bricked present participle & verbal noun Bricking
  1. To lay or pave with bricks; to surround, line, or construct with bricks.
  2. 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.

Webster 1913