Brown

Definitions

  • Pedestrian. I hear Brown has taken to cycling
    Pedestrian. I hear Brown has taken to cycling
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj brown (of skin) deeply suntanned
    • adj brown of a color similar to that of wood or earth
    • v brown make brown in color "the draught browned the leaves on the trees in the yard"
    • v brown fry in a pan until it changes color "brown the meat in the pan"
    • n Brown a university in Rhode Island
    • n brown an orange of low brightness and saturation
    • n Brown abolitionist who was hanged after leading an unsuccessful raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (1800-1859)
    • n Brown Scottish botanist who first observed the movement of small particles in fluids now known a Brownian motion (1773-1858)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bill Brown as a Farmer Bill Brown as a Farmer
BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf coast of U. S. and southward. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf...
MR. BROWN AND CHARLEY MR. BROWN AND CHARLEY
bowl and brown sugar, etc bowl and brown sugar, etc
Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title
Ornately engraved flowers, with an inset portrait of Mrs Browning Ornately engraved flowers, with an inset portrait of Mrs Browning
BROWN THRUSH BROWN THRUSH
brown thrasher brown thrasher

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the english language
    • n Brown A dark color inclining to red or yellow, resulting from the mixture of red and black, or of red, black, and yellow; a tawny, dusky hue.
    • a Brown broun Of a dark color, of various shades between black and red or yellow. "Cheeks brown as the oak leaves."
    • v. i Brown To become brown.
    • Brown To give a bright brown color to, as to gun barrels, by forming a thin coat of oxide on their surface.
    • Brown To make brown by scorching slightly; as, to brown meat or flour.
    • Brown To make brown or dusky. "A trembling twilight o'er welkin moves, Browns the dim void and darkens deep the groves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters is "Sweet Georgia Brown."
    • brown Of a dark or dusky color, inclining to redness or yellowness.
    • brown to deceive him; take him in.
    • n brown A dark colorinclined to red or yellow. It may be obtained by mixing red, black, and yellow.
    • n brown A halfpenny. [English slang.]
    • brown To become brown.
    • brown To make brown or dusky.
    • brown Specifically— To produce a brown color in by exposure to heat, as of meat, bread, etc., to that of a fire in roasting or toasting, or of the skin to that of the sun. To give a brown luster to (articles of iron, as gun-barrels, etc.), by applying certain preparations.
    • n brown A brown produced upon textile material with catechu. Also called cutch brown. See catechu.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brown eggs come from hens with red feathers and red ear lobes; white eggs come from hens with white feathers and white ear lobes.
    • adj Brown brown of a dark or dusky colour, inclining to red or yellow: dark-complexioned: sunburnt
    • n Brown a dark-reddish colour:
    • v.t Brown to make brown, or give a brown colour to: to roast brown
    • n Brown (slang) a copper
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.”
  • Jesse Jackson
    Jesse%20Jackson
    “Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white -- and we're all precious in God's sight.”
  • William Congreve
    William%20Congreve
    “Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    Iris%20Murdoch
    “Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    Oliver%20Goldsmith
    “We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.”
  • John Mason Brown
    John Mason Brown
    “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood.”

Idioms

Brown as a berry - Someone who is very sun tanned is brown as a berry.
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Brown nose - When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by flattering them, they are brown nosing.
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Browned off - To be tired of or fed up with
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brun, broun, AS. brn,; akin to D. bruin, OHG. brn, Icel. brnn, Sw. brun, Dan. bruun, G. braun, Lith. brunas, Skr. babhru,. √93, 253. Cf. Bruin Beaver Burnish Brunette

Usage

In literature:

Brown-eyed women should wear brown for the very same reason that the blue-eyed woman should wear blue.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The bleached grass waved, the tumbleweeds rolled along the brown ground.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
When they are browned on the top, take them carefully out of the shells, and brown the other side.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The spores are of various shades of ochre yellow, rusty, rusty-brown, brown, yellowish-brown.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Scotch Collops, Brown Soup, Ragout of brown.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
After a time the muddy brown eggs crack open one by one, and out come the young Dabchicks, pretty, little, fuzzy brown balls.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Stipe long, flexuous, bent at the apex, plicate, pale brown to yellow-brown, darker toward the base.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Seeds adherent, one to four, notched, brown with yellowish-brown tips.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Does John Brown live ... or does John Brown die...?
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
Bark dark brown on the young branches; terminal winter buds over 1/2 in.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
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In poetry:

And November chilly
Brown leaves heap
For the dead year's stilly
Winter sleep.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
"Ho! clumsy brown stone,
Quick, make way for me:
I'm the fairest thing
That floats on the sea.
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
I looked upon her gown,
Once rose, now earthen brown;
The change was like the knell
Of Amabel.
"Amabel" by Thomas Hardy
So he sang all day
Over the new-mown hay,
Till the sun went down,
And the haycocks looked brown.
"The Two Songs" by William Blake
Out of the mid-wood's twilight
Into the meadow's dawn,
Ivory limbed and brown-eyed,
Flashes my Faun!
"In The Forest" by Oscar Wilde
Where Sweetheart, my brown mare,
Old Glory's daughter,
May loll her leathern tongue
In snow-cool water.
"Fox's Dingle" by Robert Graves

In news:

Brown changed the way we interact brown, women, sex, changed, week, wrote, editor, old, years, first.
Others had tall black (or very dark brown) socks, which blended in with the brown for a more svelte look.
He said Republicans laughed at Brown's racial jokes about Obama, but they cut Brown off and escorted him off the stage only after he began to make jokes about Republicans.
According to John Taylor of the Orange and Brown Report the Browns have come to terms with Kaluka Maiava, a fourth-round pick from Southern California.
You can bet that Browns coach Pat Shurmur will keep a close watch on the injury report this week, and he might even take a look at the Browns' list of injuries.
Brown, 3 year-old son of Dr Ryan and Hope Brown, passed away on Friday September 7, 2012, at his home.
Chargers Kendall Reyes couldn't recover a fumble by the Browns in the 1st quarter as Browns Alex Smith defends in Cleveland on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012.
The man, described as a teenager or young adult, is about 6 feet 1 inch tall, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Cup brown sugar, dark brown.
Updated Monday, Dec 10, 2012, at 6:52 a.m. Browns defensive tackle John Hughes (93) sacks Kansas City quarterback Brady Quinn (9) in the fourth quarter as the Browns beat the Chiefs 30-7 in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday.
Council member Vincent B Orange, at large Democrat, referred to Mr Brown's tax troubles during a contentious debate this week over Mr Brown's selection to the council's No.
Paul Joseph Brown / Paul Joseph Brown Photography.
Enriquez is 5'10 and weighs 180 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair with blonde streaks.
Yesterday, Brown asked Mack Brown about the Longhorn Network at his weekly press conference.
Lorraine Brown was born Oct 1, 1923, in Minot, to Charles and Agnes (Hennessy) Brown.
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In science:

The following terminology is motivated by that used by Brown in .
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
It is well-known that the spectrum of T is the closed unit disk D — see for example Brown [2, Example 4.10].
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Brown, Lidskii’s Theorem in the type II case, Geometric methods in operator algebras (Kyoto, 1983), H.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Larsen, Brown’s spectral distribution measure for R–diagonal elements in finite von Neumann algebras, preprint (1999). U.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
There is additional flux from heat released by electron captures and p ycnonuclear reactions deep in the crust, giving ≈ 100 keV per nucleon (Brown & Bildsten 1998; Brown 2000).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
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