Brick meaning

brĭk
The definition of a brick is a block made of molded and baked clay.

An example of a brick is the primary building material of 10 Downing Street in London.

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(informal) A helpful, reliable person.
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A dark brownish red.
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To construct, line, or pave with bricks.
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(basketball) A shot that falls short of the basket.
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One of these blocks, of any of various standard sizes.
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Bricks collectively.
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To close or wall with brick.

Bricked up the windows of the old house.

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A substance made from clay molded into oblong blocks and fired in a kiln or baked in the sun, used in building, paving, etc.
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Anything shaped like a brick.
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(informal) A power brick; an external power supply consisting of a small box with an integral male power plug and an attached electric cord terminating in another power plug.
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(informal, former) A fine person.
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Built or paved with brick.
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Like brick.

Brick red.

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To face, pave, etc. with brick.
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(place) Urban township in E N.J.
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An electronics device that has been damaged or otherwise incapacitated. In other words, "as useful as a brick." A bricked device can be due to a hardware or software failure. See iBricking.
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(countable) A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay etc., used for building.

This wall is made of bricks.

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(uncountable) Considered collectively, as a building material.

This house is made of brick.

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(countable) Something shaped like a brick.

A plastic explosive brick.

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(dated) A helpful and reliable person.

Thanks for helping me wash the car. You're a brick.

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(firearms) A carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick.
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(poker slang) A community card (usually the turn or the river) which does not improve a player's hand.

The two of clubs was a complete brick on the river.

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Made of brick(s).

All that was left after the fire was the brick chimney.

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To build with bricks.
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To make into bricks.
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(slang) To hit someone using a brick.
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(computing slang) To make an electronic device nonfunctional and usually beyond repair, essentially making it no more useful than a brick.

My VCR was bricked during the lightning storm.

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(basketball, slang) A shot which misses, particularly one which bounces directly out of the basket because of a too-flat trajectory, as if the ball were a heavier object.

We can't win if we keep throwing up bricks from three-point land.

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(informal) drop a brick
  • To make a clumsy social error.
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brick up
  • to close or wall in with brick
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hit the bricks
  • to go out on strike
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of brick

  • Middle English brike from Middle Dutch bricke

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French brique, probably from a Germanic source. Compare Middle Dutch bricke (“broken piece; tile”). Cognate with the verb break.

    From Wiktionary