Meaning of BREEZE in English


I. noun

or breeze fly ˈbrēz

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English breese, brese, from Old English brēosa, brīosa

dialect England : gadfly

II. ˈbrēz noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French brise, perhaps alteration of bise — more at bise

1. : a steady light or moderate air current ; especially : one moving either toward or off a seacoast — see land breeze , sea breeze


a. : a light gentle soft-blowing wind

the languid spring breeze rocked the little green bombshells of maple sprays — T.R.Ybarra

waved in the breeze of an electric fan

b. : a wind of from 4 to 31 miles an hour — see fresh breeze , gentle breeze , light breeze , moderate breeze , strong breeze ; beaufort scale table

3. : disturbance , quarrel


a. : something easily managed or accomplished : cinch

that test was a breeze

b. : an easy victory

5. : something likened to a breeze (as in freshness, transience, lightness)

temper the hot winds of romance with the more sensible breeze of historical fact — Saturday Review

high-sounding phrases flutter in the breeze of heroic feeling — R.S.Ellery

a little breeze of applause broke out — Willa Cather

Synonyms: see wind

- shoot the breeze

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

1. of the wind

a. : to blow gently

b. : freshen

it now began breezing strongly from seaward — Herman Melville

— often used with up

it had been smooth then, but now it was breezing up from the southwest — Archie Binns


a. : to move swiftly and airily

the Senator breezed in, wearing a light summer suit and a jaunty straw hat — A.M.Schlesinger b. 1917

b. : to proceed quickly and easily

the pitcher breezed to his third victory

— usually used with through

he breezed through the report rapidly, remembering little

so much of the beauty … is lost if you just breeze through — Richard Joseph

c. : to depart in haste

transitive verb

: to exercise (a horse) at a brisk gait without urging to great speed

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably modification of French braise cinders, live coals, from Old French brese — more at braze


a. : residue from the making of coke or charcoal

b. : dust or fine bits of coke or charcoal

c. : coal or coke dust

2. : furnace ashes

3. : a construction material (as brick or concrete) made partly of breeze

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