• WordNet 3.6
    • n brawn possessing muscular strength
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brawn A boar.
    • Brawn A muscle; flesh. "Formed well of brawns and of bones."
    • Brawn 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 ."
    • Brawn 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brawn Boar's flesh; the flesh of the boar or of swine, collared so as to squeeze out much of the fat, boiled, and pickled.
    • n brawn A boar.
    • n brawn The flesh of a muscular part of the body: as, the brawn of the arm, thigh, etc.
    • n brawn Well-developed muscles; muscular strength.
    • n brawn Figuratively, the arm: from its muscles or strength.
    • n brawn Head-cheese.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brawn brawn muscle, esp. of the arm or calf of the leg: thick flesh: muscular strength: a boar: a preparation of meat made from pig's head and ox-feet, cut up, boiled, and pickled
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  • Walt Whitman
    “O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. braon, fleshy part, muscle, fr. HG. brto, flesh, G. braten, roast meat; akin to Icel. br, flesh, food of beasts, AS. br,de roast meat, brdan, to roast, G. braten, and possibly to E. breed,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. braon, from Old Ger. brato, flesh (for roasting), Old Ger. brâto (Ger. braten), to roast.


In literature:

Is that collared brawn on the sideboard?
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Bayonets, brawn and bull-dog courage were all we had to match against all the resources of chemistry and mechanics of our enemies.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
When cold it will turn out, and make a kind of brawn.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Boar's-head, to dress whole 103 Brawn, to keep ib.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
The brawn Tom had spoken of so slightingly was what they needed from this time on, and nothing else would save them.
"Vulcan's Workshop" by Harl Vincent
We used steam instead of the brawn of stalwart pioneers and Indians to propel the boat.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
But Tona was a woman of brain and brawn, and she knew how to handle those fellows.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Fanny Brawne, with her mother, occupied the adjacent house.
"Hampstead and Marylebone" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The bacon's cold, of course, but there's a nice bit of tongue and some brawn, and there's some toast and brown bread and butter.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
Ellenora was a large young woman of more brawn than tissue; she had style and decision, though little amiability.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Had he been less aristocratic of family and stronger of brawn he would have beaten Trudy if she displeased him.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
His heavy boot, backed by the power of a hundred and ninety pounds of brawn, thudded into the Indian's chest.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
He loved the words sun-tan, air-sweetness, brawn, etc.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
Davidge went up to him and, after howling in vain, tapped his brawn.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Many times I started up in hot rage, ready to match my softened muscles against his brawn.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
This North Anna business was far more a matter of brains between the Generals, than brawn between the men.
"From the Rapidan to Richmond and the Spottsylvania Campaign" by William Meade Dame
Shall I give you Miss Brawne?
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
Much of Si's muscle and brawn was due to the fact that meat was always plenty on his father's farm.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
The life he has led does not equip a man with brawn and muscle, so I had things my own way with him.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
Brains are better than brawn.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

Go forth, thou leader of the class,
With brain ahead of brawn;
Strive e'er to gain the foremost place,
Let no man take thy crown.
"Class Valedictorian" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Oh, it’s ride, Sir Frederick Hamilton's men,
Ye men of ire and brawn,
And it’s smile, ye son of the bog and fen,
To see them urge swift on!
"Ballad Of Protestant’s Leap" by Clinton Scollard
Through thought alone shall our Age obtain
Above all Ages gone before;
The tribes of sloth, of brawn, not brain,
Are the tribes that perish, are known no more.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
Here the Norsman bunks with the canny Scot
And the lad from the Emerald Isle
Works side by side with Russ and Dane,
North-bred men of brawn and brain,
Men that are worth your while.
"Flotsam" by Pat O Cotter
Returning, we linger here,
These valleys broad to us are dear,
Whose men in their faithful living
To Norway are honor giving;
Their fathers, strong in brain and brawn,
Lent luster to our morning-dawn.
"Norse Nature" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
They're the sinew, and the brawn of fighting craft;
They are everything that goes to make up men.
But in the stoke-holes of our cruisers,
They are generally the losers,
When the hero stuff is dripping from the pen.
"The Fire-Room Crew" by Burt Franklin Jenness

In news:

Brawn is for Moms (and all women, too.).
Nissan Pro-4X compact mixes off-road fun, work-site brawn .
Hometown heroes win amid glitz, brawn at Palms.
Time To Choose Brains Over Brawn .
The brain and brawn of modern automation.
Mississippi police departments plagued by candidates lacking stamina, brawn .
Brains, beauty and BMX brawn .
Schwartz's formula to win: Brains, then brawn .
Honda's Pain, Brawn GP's Gain.
Science seeks brawn as well as brains.
Mid-sized Dodge Dakota for '05 engineered for brawn .
First Use Your Brain, Then Unleash Your Brawn .
Local Talent Mixes Brains and Brawn .
Islanders' Find a New Definition for Heart: Brawn .