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English

A brick wall

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
brick

Plural
s

brick (s)
  1. (countable) A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay, etc., used for building.
    This house is made of bricks.
  2. (uncountable) Considered collectively, as a building material.
    This house is made of brick.
  3. (countable) Something shaped like a brick.
    A plastic explosive brick
  4. (informal) A helpful and reliable person
    Thanks for helping me wash the car. You're a brick.
    • 1863, Elizabeth Caroline Grey, Good Society; Or, Contrasts of Character[1], page 72,  
      “It's easy to see you're a brick!” replied Lady Augusta, and the laugh again became general.
    • 1906, Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children[2], page 168,  
      ‘Somebody had to stay with you,’ said Bobbie.
      ‘Tell you what, Bobbie,’ said Jim, ‘you’re a brick. Shake.’
    • 1960, W.W. Jacobs, Cargoes[3], ISBN 0828314306, page 45,  
      “Well, I’ll do what I can for you,” said the seaman, …“If you were only shorter, I'd lend you some clothes.”
      “You're a brick,” said the soldier gratefully.
  5. (technology, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An electronic device, especially a heavy box-shaped one, that has become non-functional or obsolete.
  6. (basketball) 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 heavy object.
    We can't win if we keep throwing up bricks from three-point land.
  7. (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 a power plug.

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Adjective

brick (not comparable)

Positive
brick

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Made of brick.
    All that was left after the fire was the brick chimney.

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Verb

Infinitive
to brick

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to brick (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To build with bricks.
    • 1904, Thomas Hansom Cockin, An Elementary Class-Book of Practical Coal-Mining, C. Lockwood and Son, page 78
      If the ground is strong right up to the surface, a few yards are usually sunk and bricked before the engines and pit top are erected
    • 1914, The Mining Engineer, Institution of Mining Engineers, page 349
      The shaft was next bricked between the decks until the top scaffold was supported by the brickwork and [made] to share the weight with the prids.
  2. To make into bricks.
    • 1904 September 15, James C. Bennett, Walter Renton Ingalls (editor), Lead Smelting and Refining with Some Notes on Lead Mining (1906), The Engineering and Mining Journal, page 66
      The plant, which is here described, for bricking fine ores and flue dust, was designed and the plans produced in the engineering department of the Selby smelter.
  3. (slang) To hit someone using a brick.
  4. (computing Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To make an electronic device nonfunctional and usually beyond repair.
    My VCR was bricked during the lightning storm.
    • 2007 December 14, Joe Barr, “PacketProtector turns SOHO router into security powerhouse”, Linux.com
      installing third-party firmware will void your warranty, and it is possible that you may brick your router.
  5. (regional Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To be in a high state of anxiety: "Bricking it"

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French

Etymology

From English brig.

Pronunciation

Noun

brick m. (plural bricks)

  1. (nautical) Brig.
  2. A fritter with a filling.

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