Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Brushite noun [ From George J. Brush , an American mineralogist.] (Min.) A white or gray crystalline mineral consisting of the acid phosphate of calcium.
1. Brush; a thicket or coppice of small trees and shrubs. 2. Small branches of trees cut off.
Brushy adjective Resembling a brush; shaggy; rough.
Brusque adjective [ French brusque , from Italian brusco brusque, tart, sour, perhaps from Latin ( vitis ) labrusca wild (vine); or confer Old High German bruttisc grim, from brutti terror.] Rough and prompt in manner; blunt; abrupt; bluff; as, a brusque man; a brusque style.
Brusqueness noun Quality of being brusque; roughness joined with promptness; bluntness. Brit. Quar.
Brussels noun A city of Belgium, giving its name to a kind of carpet, a kind of lace, etc. Brussels carpet
, a kind of carpet made of worsted yarn fixed in a foundation web of strong linen thread. The worsted, which alone shows on the upper surface in drawn up in loops to form the pattern.
-- Brussels ground
, a name given to the handmade ground of real Brussels lace. It is very costly because of the extreme fineness of the threads.
-- Brussels lace
, an expensive kind of lace of several varieties, originally made in Brussels; as, Brussels point, Brussels ground, Brussels wire ground.
-- Brussels net
, an imitation of Brussels ground, made by machinery.
-- Brussels point
. See Point lace .
-- Brussels sprouts (Botany)
, a plant of the Cabbage family, which produces, in the axils of the upright stem, numerous small green heads, or "sprouts," each a cabbage in miniature, of one or two inches in diameter; the thousand-headed cabbage.
-- Brussels wire ground
, a ground for lace, made of silk, with meshes partly straight and partly arched.
Brustle intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Brustled
; present participle & verbal noun Brustling
] [ Middle English brustlien
, Anglo-Saxon brastlian
, from berstan
to burst, akin to German prasseln
to crackle. See Burst
, intransitive verb
] 1. To crackle; to rustle, as a silk garment.
[ Obsolete] Gower. 2. To make a show of fierceness or defiance; to bristle.
[ Obsolete] To brustle up
, to bristle up.
[ Obsolete] Otway.
Brustle noun A bristle. [ Obsolete or Prov.] Chaucer.
Brut intransitive verb
[ French brouter
, Old French brouster
. See Browse
] To browse.
[ Obsolete] Evelyn.
Brut noun (Zoology) See Birt .
[ New Latin , neuter plural, from Latin brutus
heavy, stupid.] (Zoology) See Edentata .
[ Confer French brutal
. See Brute
] 1. Of or pertaining to a brute; as, brutal nature.
"Above the rest of brutal
kind." Milton. 2. Like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; brutish; unfeeling; merciless; gross; as, brutal manners.
Brutalism noun Brutish quality; brutality.
; plural Brutalities
[ Confer French brutalité
.] 1. The quality of being brutal; inhumanity; savageness; pitilessness. 2. An inhuman act.
The . . . brutalities exercised in war.
Brutalization noun The act or process of making brutal; state of being brutalized.
Brutalize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Brutalized
; present participle & verbal noun Brutalizing
.] [ Confer French brutaliser
.] To make brutal; beasty; unfeeling; or inhuman.
Brutalize intransitive verb To become brutal, inhuman, barbarous, or coarse and beasty.
He mixed . . . with his countrymen, brutalized with them in their habits and manners.
Brutally adverb In a brutal manner; cruelly.
[ French brut
, nasc., brute
, fem., raw, rough, rude, brutish, Latin brutus
stupid, irrational: confer Italian & Spanish bruto
.] 1. Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious; without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the brute powers of nature. 2. Not possessing reason, irrational; unthinking; as, a brute beast; the brute creation.
A creature . . . not prone 3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast. Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless; as, brute violence. Macaulay.
And brute as other creatures, but endued
With sanctity of reason.
The influence of capital and mere brute labor. 4. Having the physical powers predominating over the mental; coarse; unpolished; unintelligent.
A great brute farmer from Liddesdale. 5. Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling.
Sir W. Scott.
Brute noun 1. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; esp. a quadruped; a beast.
Brutes may be considered as either aëral, terrestrial, aquatic, or amphibious. 2. A brutal person; a savage in heart or manners; as unfeeling or coarse person.
An ill-natured brute of a husband. Syn.
-- See Beast
Brute transitive verb [ For bruit .] To report; to bruit. [ Obsolete]
Brutely adverb In a rude or violent manner.
1. Brutality. [ Obsolete] Spenser. 2. Insensibility. "The bruteness of nature." Emerson.
Brutify transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Brutified
; present participle & verbal noun Brutifying
.] [ Brute
: confer French brutifier
.] To make like a brute; to make senseless, stupid, or unfeeling; to brutalize.
Any man not quite brutified and void of sense.
(bru"tĭsh) adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, a brute or brutes; of a cruel, gross, and stupid nature; coarse; unfeeling; unintelligent.
O, let all provocation
Take every brutish shape it can devise.
Man may . . . render himself brutish , but it is in vain that he would seek to take the rank and density of the brute. Syn.
-- Insensible; stupid; unfeeling; savage; cruel; brutal; barbarous; inhuman; ferocious; gross; carnal; sensual; bestial. -- Bru"tish*ly
Brutism (bru"tĭz'm) noun The nature or characteristic qualities or actions of a brute; extreme stupidity, or beastly vulgarity.
Brutting noun Browsing. [ Obsolete] Evelyn.
Bryological adjective Relating to bryology; as, bryological studies.
Bryologist noun One versed in bryology.
Bryology noun [ Greek ... moss + - logy .] That part of botany which relates to mosses.
Bryonin noun (Chemistry) A bitter principle obtained from the root of the bryony ( Bryonia alba and B. dioica ). It is a white, or slightly colored, substance, and is emetic and cathartic.
Bryony (brī"o*nȳ) noun [ Latin bryonia , Greek brywni`a , from bry`ein to swell, esp. of plants.] (Botany) The common name of several cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Bryonia . The root of B. alba ( rough or white bryony ) and of B. dioica is a strong, irritating cathartic. Black bryony , a plant ( Tamus communis ) so named from its dark glossy leaves and black root; black bindweed.
Bryozoa noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ... moss + ... animal.] (Zoology) A class of Molluscoidea, including minute animals which by budding form compound colonies; -- called also Polyzoa .
» They are often coralike in form and appearance, each small cell containing an individual zooid. Other species grow in delicate, flexible, branched forms, resembling moss, whence the name. Some are found in fresh water, but most are marine. The three principal divisions are Ectoprocta
, and Pterobranchia
. See Cyclostoma
, and Phylactolema
Bryozoan adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Bryozoa. -- noun One of the Bryozoa.
[ New Latin See Bryozoa
.] (Zoology) An individual zooid of a bryozoan coralline, of which there may be two or more kinds in a single colony. The zoœcia usually have a wreath of tentacles around the mouth, and a well developed stomach and intestinal canal; but these parts are lacking in the other zooids ( Avicularia , Oœcia , etc.).
Buansuah noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) The wild dog of northern India ( Cuon primævus ), supposed by some to be an ancestral species of the domestic dog.
Buat noun [ Scot., of uncertain origin.] A lantern; also, the moon. [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
Bub noun Strong malt liquor. [ Cant] Prior.
[ Confer 2d Bubby
.] A young brother; a little boy; -- a familiar term of address of a small boy.
Bub transitive verb
[ Abbrev. from Bubble
.] To throw out in bubbles; to bubble.
[ Obsolete] Sackville.
[ Confer French bubale
. See Buffalo
] (Zoology) A large antelope ( Alcelaphus bubalis ) of Egypt and the Desert of Sahara, supposed by some to be the fallow deer of the Bible.
Bubaline adjective (Zoology) Resembling a buffalo. Bubaline antelope (Zoology) , the bubale.
[ Confer Dutch bobbel
, Danish boble
, Swedish bubbla
. Confer Blob
] 1. A thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas; as, a soap bubble ; bubbles on the surface of a river.
Beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow, 2. A small quantity of air or gas within a liquid body; as, bubbles rising in champagne or aërated waters. 3. A globule of air, or globular vacuum, in a transparent solid; as, bubbles in window glass, or in a lens. 4. A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits. 5. The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level. 6. Anything that wants firmness or solidity; that which is more specious than real; a false show; a cheat or fraud; a delusive scheme; an empty project; a dishonest speculation; as, the South Sea bubble .
Like bubbles in a late disturbed stream.
Then a soldier . . . 7. A person deceived by an empty project; a gull.
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth.
[ Obsolete] "Ganny's a cheat, and I'm a bubble
Bubble intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bubbled
; present participle & verbal noun Bubbling
] [ Confer Dutch bobbelen
, Danish boble
. See Bubble
] 1. To rise in bubbles, as liquids when boiling or agitated; to contain bubbles.
The milk that bubbled in the pail. 2. To run with a gurgling noise, as if forming bubbles; as, a bubbling stream. Pope. 3. To sing with a gurgling or warbling sound.
At mine ear
Bubbled the nightingale and heeded not.
Bubble shell (Zoology) A marine univalve shell of the genus Bulla and allied genera, belonging to the Tectibranchiata.
Bubbler transitive verb To cheat; to deceive.
She has bubbled him out of his youth.
The great Locke, who was seldom outwitted by false sounds, was nevertheless bubbled here.
Bubbler noun 1. One who cheats.
All the Jews, jobbers, bubblers , subscribers, projectors, etc. 2. (Zoology) A fish of the Ohio river; -- so called from the noise it makes.
Bubbling Jock (Zoology) The male wild turkey, the gobbler; -- so called in allusion to its notes.