Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Brass-visaged adjective Impudent; bold.
Brassage noun [ French] A sum formerly levied to pay the expense of coinage; -- now called seigniorage .
[ French brassard
, from bras
arm. See Brace
] Armor for the arm; -- generally used for the whole arm from the shoulder to the wrist, and consisting, in the 15th and 16th centuries, of many parts.
[ Perh. a transposition of barse
; but confer LG. brasse
the bream, German brassen
.] (Zoology) A spotted European fish of the genus Lucioperca , resembling a perch.
Brassica noun [ Latin , cabbage.] (Botany) A genus of plants embracing several species and varieties differing much in appearance and qualities: such as the common cabbage ( B. oleracea ), broccoli, cauliflowers, etc.; the wild turnip ( B. campestris ); the common turnip ( B. rapa ); the rape or coleseed ( B. napus ), etc.
Brassicaceous adjective [ Latin brassica cabbage.] (Botany) Related to, or resembling, the cabbage, or plants of the Cabbage family.
Brassière noun [ French] A form of woman's underwaist stiffened with whalebones, or the like, and worn to support the breasts.
Brassiness noun The state, condition, or quality of being brassy. [ Colloq.]
1. Of or pertaining to brass; having the nature, appearance, or hardness, of brass. 2. Impudent; impudently bold. [ Colloq.]
Brassy noun [ Written also brassie and brassey .] (Golf) A wooden club soled with brass.
Brast transitive verb & i.
[ See Burst
.] To burst.
And both his yën braste out of his face.
Dreadfull furies which their chains have brast .
[ Middle English bratt
coarse garnment, Anglo-Saxon bratt
cloak, from the Celtic; confer W. brat
clout, rag, Gael. brat
cloak, apron, rag, Ir. brat
cloak; properly then, a child's bib or clout; hence, a child.] 1. A coarse garment or cloak; also, coarse clothing, in general.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. 2. A coarse kind of apron for keeping the clothes clean; a bib.
[ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Wright. 3. A child; an offspring; -- formerly used in a good sense, but now usually in a contemptuous sense.
is none of mine." Shak.
"A beggar's brat
O Israel! O household of the Lord! 4. The young of an animal.
O Abraham's brats ! O brood of blessed seed!
[ Obsolete] L'Estrange.
Brat noun (Mining) A thin bed of coal mixed with pyrites or carbonate of lime.
Bratsche noun [ G., from Italian viola da braccio viola held on the arm.] The tenor viola, or viola.
[ See Brettice
.] (Mining) (a) A wall of separation in a shaft or gallery used for ventilation. (b) Planking to support a roof or wall.
Brattishing noun 1. See Brattice , noun 2. (Architecture) Carved openwork, as of a shrine, battlement, or parapet.
Braunite noun (Min.) A native oxide of manganese, of dark brownish black color. It was named from a Mr. Braun of Gotha.
Bravade (brȧ*vād") noun Bravado. [ Obsolete] Fanshawe.
, plural Bravadoes
(-doz). [ Spanish bravada
, boast, brag: confer French bravade
. See Brave
.] Boastful and threatening behavior; a boastful menace.
In spite of our host's bravado .
[ Compar. Braver
; superl. Bravest
.] [ French brave
, Italian or Spanish bravo
, (orig.) fierce, wild, savage, probably from. Latin barbarus
. See Barbarous
, and confer Bravo
.] 1. Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; -- opposed to cowardly ; as, a brave man; a brave act. 2. Having any sort of superiority or excellence; -- especially such as in conspicuous.
[ Obsolete or Archaic as applied to material things.]
Iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth.
It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall. 3. Making a fine show or display.
Wear my dagger with the braver grace.
For I have gold, and therefore will be brave .
In silks I'll rattle it of every color.
Frog and lizard in holiday coats Syn.
And turtle brave in his golden spots.
-- Courageous; gallant; daring; valiant; valorous; bold; heroic; intrepid; fearless; dauntless; magnanimous; high-spirited; stout- hearted. See Gallant
Brave noun 1. A brave person; one who is daring.
The star-spangled banner, O,long may it wave 2. Specifically, an Indian warrior. 3. A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave .
F. S. Key.
Hot braves like thee may fight. 4. A challenge; a defiance; bravado.
Demetrius, thou dost overween in all;
And so in this, to bear me down with braves .
Brave transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Braved
(brāvd); present participle & verbal noun Braving
.] 1. To encounter with courage and fortitude; to set at defiance; to defy; to dare.
These I can brave , but those I can not bear. 2. To adorn; to make fine or showy.
Thou [ a tailor whom Grunio was browbeating] hast braved meny men; brave not me; I'll neither be faced or braved.
Bravely adverb 1. In a brave manner; courageously; gallantly; valiantly; splendidly; nobly. 2. Finely; gaudily; gayly; showily.
And [ she] decked herself bravely to allure the eyes of all men that should see her. 3. Well; thrivingly; prosperously.
Judith. x. 4.
Braveness noun The quality of state or being brave.
[ Confer French braverie
.] 1. The quality of being brave; fearless; intrepidity.
Remember, sir, my liege, . . . 2. The act of braving; defiance; bravado.
The natural bravery of your isle.
Reform, then, without bravery or scandal of former times and persons. 3. Splendor; magnificence; showy appearance; ostentation; fine dress.
With scarfs and fans and double change of bravery .
Like a stately ship . . . 4. A showy person; a fine gentleman; a beau.
With all her bravery on, and tackle trim.
A man that is the bravery of his age. Syn.
Beau. & Fl.
-- Courage; heroism; interpidity; gallantry; valor; fearlessness; dauntlessness; hardihood; manfulness. See Courage
, and Heroism
Braving noun A bravado; a boast.
With so proud a strain
Of threats and bravings .
Bravingly adverb In a defiant manner.
; plural Bravoes
[ I. See Brave
] A daring villain; a bandit; one who sets law at defiance; a professional assassin or murderer.
Safe from detection, seize the unwary prey.
And stab, like bravoes , all who come this way.
[ Italian See Brave
.] Well done! excellent! an exclamation expressive of applause.
[ Italian , (properly) bravery, spirit, from bravo
. See Brave
.] (Mus.) A florid, brilliant style of music, written for effect, to show the range and flexibility of a singer's voice, or the technical force and skill of a performer; virtuoso music. Aria di bravura
[ Italian ], a florid air demanding brilliant execution.
[ See Brave
] [ Scot. & Prov. Eng.] 1. Well-dressed; handsome; smart; brave; -- used of persons or their clothing, etc.; as, a braw lad.
new gown." Burns. 2. Good; fine.
night." Sir W. Scott.
Brawl intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Brawled
; present participle & verbal noun Brawling
.] [ Middle English braulen
to quarrel, boast, brallen
to cry, make a noise; confer LG. brallen
to brag, Middle High German pr
, German prahlen
, French brailler
to cry, shout, Pr. brailar
, W. bragal
to vociferate, brag, Armor. bragal
to romp, to strut, W. broliaw
to brag, brawl
boast. ...95.] 1. To quarrel noisily and outrageously.
Let a man that is a man consider that he is a fool that brawleth openly with his wife. 2. To complain loudly; to scold. 3. To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones.
Where the brook brawls along the painful road. Syn.
-- To wrangle; squabble; contend.
Brawl noun A noisy quarrel; loud, angry contention; a wrangle; a tumult; as, a drunken brawl .
His sports were hindered by the brawls . Syn.
-- Noise; quarrel; uproar; row; tumult.
Brawler noun One that brawls; wrangler. Common brawler (Law) , one who disturbs a neighborhood by brawling (and is therefore indictable at common law as a nuisance). Wharton.
Brawling adjective 1. Quarreling; quarrelsome; noisy.
She is an irksome brawling scold. 2. Making a loud confused noise. See Brawl , intransitive verb , 3.
A brawling stream.
J. S. Shairp.
Brawlingly adverb In a brawling manner.
[ Old French braon
fleshy part, muscle, from HG. br...to
flesh, German braten
roast meat; akin to Icelandic br......
flesh, food of beasts, Anglo-Saxon br
...de roast meat, br...dan
to roast, German braten
, and possibly to English breed
.] 1. A muscle; flesh.
Formed well of brawns and of bones. 2. Full, strong muscles, esp. of the arm or leg, muscular strength; a protuberant muscular part of the body; sometimes, the arm.
Brawn without brains is thine.
It was ordained that murderers should be brent on the brawn of the left hand.
And in my vantbrace put this withered brawn . 3. The flesh of a boar; also, the salted and prepared flesh of a boar.
The best age for the boar is from two to five years, at which time it is best to geld him, or sell him for brawn . 4. A boar.
[ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.
Brawned adjective Brawny; strong; muscular. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Brawner noun A boor killed for the table.
Brawniness noun The quality or state of being brawny.
Brawny adjective Having large, strong muscles; muscular; fleshy; strong. " Brawny limbs." W. Irving. Syn. -- Muscular; fleshy; strong; bulky; sinewy; athletic; stalwart; powerful; robust.
Braxy noun [ Confer Anglo-Saxon breac rheum, broc sickness, Ir. bracha corruption. Jamieson .]
1. A disease of sheep. The term is variously applied in different localities. [ Scot.] 2. A diseased sheep, or its mutton.
Bray transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Brayed
; present participle & verbal noun Braying
.] [ Middle English brayen
, Old French breier
, French broyer
to pound, grind, from Old High German brehhan
to break. See Break
.] To pound, beat, rub, or grind small or fine.
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar, . . . yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Prov. xxvii. 22.
Bray intransitive verb
[ OE brayen
, French braire
to bray, Old French braire
to cry, from Late Latin bragire
to whinny; perhaps from the Celtic and akin to English break
; or perhaps of imitative origin.] 1. To utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass.
Laugh, and they 2. To make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.
Return it louder than an ass can bray .
Heard ye the din of battle bray ?
Bray transitive verb To make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and grating sound.
Arms on armor clashing, brayed
And varying notes the war pipes brayed .
Sir W. Scott.
Bray noun The harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or discordant sound.
The bray and roar of multitudinous London.
[ Middle English braye
, eyebrow, brow of a hill, hill, bank, Scot. bra
, from Anglo-Saxon br...w
eyebrow, influenced by the allied Icelandic br...
eyebrow, bank, also akin to Anglo-Saxon br
... yebrow. See Brow
.] A bank; the slope of a hill; a hill. See Brae , which is now the usual spelling.
[ North of Eng. & Scot.] Fairfax.
Brayer noun An implement for braying and spreading ink in hand printing.
Brayer noun One that brays like an ass. Pope.