brick

Definitions

Construction

  • A solid masonry unit of clay or shale, formed into a rectangular prism while plastic, and then burned or fired in a kiln. See also adobe brick, arch brick, beam brick, bottle brick, breeze brick, buff standard brick, building brick, economy brick, engineered brick, facing brick, fire brick, floor brick, gauged brick, jumbo brick, Norman brick, paving brick, Roman brick, salmon brick, salt-glazed brick, SCR brick, sewer brick, soft-mud brick, and stiff-mud brick.

Food

  • (written as Brick)
    A brick-shaped, yellow, medium-soft, slicing cheese with a lot of small holes, created in Wisconsin. It has a lactic starter and is surface-ripened with Brevibacterium linens. It is ripened for 15 days at high humidity and then under cooler conditions whilst the rind, which develops a red colour, is washed at intervals until the cheese is ready to be wrapped. The paste has a sweet and spicy nutty flavour, similar to M√ľnster, Saint Paulin and Tilsit.

Military

  • noun a team of four men, forming part of a multiple

Real Estate

  • noun a rectangular block of clay or a similar material that is baked until it is hard and is used for building houses, walls and other large permanent structures
  • noun bricks collectively, or the material they are made of
  • verb to use bricks to build something or as a liner or paving material
  • verb to close something up or wall something off with bricks and mortar

Slang

  • noun a mobile phone

Origin & History of “brick”

For what is today such a common phenomenon, the word brick made a surprisingly late entry into the English language. But of course until the later middle Ages, bricks were very little used in Britain. It was not until the mid-15th century that they were introduced by Flemish builders, and they appear to have brought the word, Middle Dutch bricke, with them. The ultimate source of the word is not clear, although some have tried to link it with break.
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