, 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brick (of bread).
- A good fellow; a merry person; as, you 're a brick. Slang "He 's a dear little brick."
✍ Brick is used adjectively or in combination; as, brick wall; brick clay; brick color; brick red.