Meaning of BRICK in English

BRICK

n.

Pronunciation: ' brik

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English bryke, from Middle Dutch bricke

Date: 15th century

1 plural bricks or brick : a handy-sized unit of building or paving material typically being rectangular and about 21/4 × 33/4 × 8 inches (57 × 95 × 203 millimeters) and of moist clay hardened by heat

2 : a good-hearted person

3 : a rectangular compressed mass (as of ice cream)

4 : a semisoft cheese with numerous small holes, smooth texture, and often mild flavor

5 : GAFFE , BLUNDER ― used especially in the phrase drop a brick

6 : a badly missed shot in basketball <he threw up a brick >

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