brave

Definitions

  • Brave. N.A. Indian
    Brave. N.A. Indian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj brave invulnerable to fear or intimidation "audacious explorers","fearless reporters and photographers","intrepid pioneers"
    • adj brave possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville","a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth","set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"
    • adj brave brightly colored and showy "girls decked out in brave new dresses","brave banners flying","`braw' is a Scottish word","a dress a bit too gay for her years","birds with gay plumage"
    • v brave face and withstand with courage "She braved the elements"
    • n brave people who are brave "the home of the free and the brave"
    • n brave a North American Indian warrior
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Brave. Kaiowa, etc Brave. Kaiowa, etc
THE BRAVE HEBREW BOYS THE BRAVE HEBREW BOYS
Pinocchio Braves the Sea to Save His Father Pinocchio Braves the Sea to Save His Father
A silent tribute to the brave A silent tribute to the brave
Homage From The Brave Homage From The Brave
A Brave Lassie A Brave Lassie

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first baseball game was broadcast in color on August 11, 1951 (Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Boston Braves 8-1)
    • Brave A brave person; one who is daring. "The star-spangled banner, O,long may it wave
      O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave ."
    • Brave A challenge; a defiance; bravado. "Demetrius, thou dost overween in all;
      And so in this, to bear me down with braves ."
    • Brave A man daring beyond discretion; a bully. "Hot braves like thee may fight."
    • Brave Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; -- opposed to cowardly; as, a brave man; a brave act.
    • Brave Having any sort of superiority or excellence; -- especially such as in conspicuous. "Iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth.""It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall."
    • Brave 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
      And turtle brave in his golden spots."
    • Brave Specifically, an Indian warrior.
    • Brave 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."
    • Brave To encounter with courage and fortitude; to set at defiance; to defy; to dare. "These I can brave , but those I can not bear."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brave Possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurancel intrepid; valiant; fearless: as, a brave warrior; a brave act; he was brave under calamity.
    • brave Making a fine display in bearing, dress, or appearance generally; having a noble mien: said of persons.
    • brave Splendid; beautiful; gorgeous; gaudy: said of things.
    • brave Excellent; capital; fine; admirable. [Formerly in very common use in this sense as a general term of commendation; often also used ironically; now obsolete except perhaps in irony.]
    • brave Synonyms Gallant, Valiant, Courageous, Brave, Heroic, valorous, dauntless, chivalrous, doughty, resolute manful. Gallant, splendid in dress or qualities, is most appropriately used with regard to courage which exhibits itself in deeds attracting attention and applause; of the first four words it is that which may have in it most of compliment and least of high commendation, but it is often a strong word, expressing splendid bravery in action: as, he was a gallant officer. Valiant is also brave in action, especially in opposing physical force, as in battle. The word is now elevated and poetic. Courageous denotes the possession of that spirit which enables one fearlessly and with full presence of mind to face danger. Brave is the most comprehensive of the words; it may denote the possession of the highest and noblest kind of courage and fortitude, of that spirit which enables a man to bear up against evil and danger, as well as to go forth to face it. Courageous has much of this breadth of meaning, but is applicable rather to doing than to enduring; brave is both passive and active. Heroic combines the meaning of all the other words in the superlative degree. It indicates a lofty superiority to fear, a noble self-forgetfulness, an almost superhuman power to dare, achieve, or suffer. It bears the same relation to the otehr words that sublime bears to great, grand, or lofty.
    • n brave [Cf. bravo, n.] A brave, bold, or daring person; a man daring beyond discretion. Specifically
    • n brave A North American Indian or other savage warrior: as, the chief was accompanied by two hundred braves.
    • n brave A hector; a bully; a bravo.
    • n brave [⟨ brave, v.] A boast; a challenge; a defiance.
    • brave To encounter with courage and fortitude; set at defiance; defy; challenge; dare.
    • brave To wear a boasting appearance of.
    • brave To make fine, showy, or splendid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Brave brāv daring, courageous: noble: finely dressed, showy, handsome (Scot. Braw): a general word for excellent, capital
    • v.t Brave to meet boldly: to defy
    • n Brave (obs.) a bully, a hired assassin: a brave soldier, esp. among the North American Indians: :
    • n Brave (arch.) bravado
    • n Brave (arch.) bravo
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Quotations

  • Charles Dickens
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    “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.”
  • Georges Bernanos
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    “It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.”
  • Lewis Carroll
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    “I'm very brave generally, he went on in a low voice: only today I happen to have a headache.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “No one can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil in life, or can they be temperate who considers pleasure to be the highest good.”
  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.”

Idioms

Put on a brave face - If you put on a brave face, or put a brave face on something, you behave confidently or cheerfully even though things are difficult. ('Brave front' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. brave, It. or Sp. bravo, (orig.) fierce, wild, savage, prob. from. L. barbarus,. See Barbarous, and cf. Bravo

Usage

In literature:

And you shall see how bravely I will play my part at it!
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Right well beloved was he among his people, for many a brave city had gone down before him.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
Eben, you are a brave boy.
"The Hero of Ticonderoga" by John de Morgan
We hold our breath; it seems as if the brave men must have perished.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The victory at Fair Oaks had raised the hopes of that brave, thinking army.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
A daring sailor was Sir Sidney as ever braved gale or faced a foe.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
Don't you think it was very brave of him?
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
But the one country, as the other, grows strong and brave men.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
They knew they must do brave deeds before they could be really brave.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
There's three braves with long poles to keep the contraption from fallin' backward.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
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In poetry:

Gave to you
A heart of fire,
Love like deep waters,
Brave desire.
"Nancy Hanks" by Harriet Monroe
Farewell, Earl Richard,
Tender and brave;
Kneeling I kiss
The dust from thy grave.
"True Love" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
I am not brave.
But fear has made me so,
And dread lest I forego
The honour that you gave.
"Vale" by Ethel Clifford
Who were so strong and young
And brave and wise,
And on the dark are flung
With darkened eyes;
"Slain" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Bravely done, indeed!
See, he's cleft in twain!
Now from care I'm freed,
And can breathe again.
"The Pupil In Magic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Toll for the brave!
Brave Kempenfelt is gone;
His last sea-fight is fought;
His work of glory done.
"On The Loss Of The "Royal George"" by William Cowper

In news:

You have to brave traffic, find parking and then finally have to actually find that perfect gift.
Writing with intentional sarcasm, Simon is trying to make a serious point: Obama is brave, courageous, and not driven by polls.
For those who braved the cold and rainy conditions, running the trails at the Holly Recreation Area in the dark while trying to avoid Zombies proved to be a lot of fun.
About 250 elite cyclists brave the heat during the Hagerstown Challenge Criterium .
Samardzija was tough against the Atlanta Braves on Monday as he got some much needed distance from a terrible June.
Braves cut into Nats' lead.
A gathering of ticket-less Sharon Jones fans braved sheets of icy rain outside Turner Hall on Saturday night hoping that someone, anyone, might have a spare ticket for the soulful crooner's notoriously crowd-pleasing show.
This ran only in the first edition of Saturday's 3-Dot Lounge, replaced later by details of Giants-Braves Game 2.
Cole DeVries picked up his first win of the season with a strong eight inning effort, as the Red Wings beat the Gwinnett Braves 6-4 Saturday night at Frontier Field.
Reds Deal Out -Of-Options Juan Francisco To Braves.
Do Red Sox, Braves, Cardinals have a death wish .
A brave teenager once crippled by a debilitating condition is now showing off her severe deformity in hopes of helping others.
If the Braves can land Dempster, they just might deflate the Gnats and everyone else down the stretch.
Adam Rubin Matt den Dekker takes batting practice before Friday's game against the Braves at Disney.
Brave Child Of The Week- Mikayla.
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In science:

For brave and skeptical reasoning, if the detail mode is engaged, QUIP returns witnesses corresponding to theses tasks: for brave reasoning, all stable expansions containing Φ are returned, whereas for skeptical reasoning, all stable expansions not containing Φ are returned.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
Similar to autoepistemic logic and default logic, QUIP handles the problem whether a given logic program has a stable model, as well as brave and skeptical reasoning.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
The first command checks whether Pacifist is a brave consequence of ∆, the second commands checks skeptical consequence of Pacifist from ∆.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
We call the corresponding geometry brave new algebraic geometry, quoting the expression brave new algebra introduced by F.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Vogt, Introduction to algebra over “brave new rings”, The 18th winter school “Geometry and physics” (Srni, 1998), Rend.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
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