Meaning of BRICK in English

BRICK

n., v., & adj.

--n.

1. a a small, usu. rectangular, block of fired or sun-dried clay, used in building. b the material used to make these. c a similar block of concrete etc.

2 Brit. a child's toy building-block.

3 a brick-shaped solid object (a brick of ice-cream).

4 sl. a generous or loyal person.

--v.tr. (foll. by in, up) close or block with brickwork.

--adj.

1. built of brick (brick wall).

2 of a dull red colour.

Phrases and idioms:

bang (or knock or run) one's head against a brick wall attempt the impossible. brick-field a place at which bricks are made. brick-red the colour of bricks. like a load (or ton) of bricks colloq. with crushing weight, force, or authority. see through a brick wall have miraculous insight.

Derivatives:

bricky adj.

Etymology: ME f. MLG, MDu. bri(c)ke, of unkn. orig.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.