• WordNet 3.6
    • v bream clean (a ship's bottom) with heat
    • n bream any of various usually edible freshwater percoid fishes having compressed bodies and shiny scales; especially (but not exclusively) of the genus Lepomis
    • n bream any of numerous marine percoid fishes especially (but not exclusively) of the family Sparidae
    • n bream flesh of any of various saltwater fishes of the family Sparidae or the family Bramidae
    • n bream flesh of various freshwater fishes of North America or of Europe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bream (Zoöl) A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
    • Bream (Zoöl) A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera. See Sea Bream.
    • Bream (Zoöl) An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes. See Pondfish.
    • v. t Bream (Naut) To clean, as a ship's bottom of adherent shells, seaweed, etc., by the application of fire and scraping.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bream A fish of the family Cyprinidæ, Abramis brama, common in the fresh waters of Europe. It has a compressed and rather deep body, a short obtuse snout, small and somewhat inferior mouth, uniserial pharyngeal teeth, the dorsal fin of about 12 rays, and the anal fin with 26 to 31 rays co under the last of the dorsal's. It sometimes attains a weight of 12 to 14 pounds. The flesh is insipid and little esteemed. Also called yellow bream. See Abramis.
    • n bream A cyprinoid fish related to the preceding, as for example the white bream or breamflat, or resembling it in having a deep body, as the carp-bream, Carassias gibelio, a variety of the crucian-carp.
    • n bream A name given to various Sparidœ, more fully called sea-breams: in England, for example, to species of Sparus, Pagrus, Pagellus, and Cantharus, and in the United States to Diplodus holbrooki, the pinfish, and to Lagodon rhomboides, the sailor's-choice. See cut under Lagodon.
    • n bream A fish of the family Bramidæ, as Ray's bream, Brama rayi.
    • n bream In some parts of the United States, a centrarchoid fish, such as the common sunfish, Eupomotis gibbosus, and various species of the related genus Lepomis, as the blue bream, Lepomis pallidus.
    • bream Nautical, to clear, as a ship's bottom, of shells, seaweed, ooze, etc., by applying to it kindled furze, reeds, or other light combustibles, so as to soften the pitch and loosen the adherent matters, which may then be easily swept off. Also called broom.
    • n bream Same as breeze.
    • n bream Girella tricuspidata, of the family Kyphosidæ.
    • n bream Same as white bream .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bream brēm a small fresh-water fish nearly allied to the bleak: a family of sea-breams or Sparidæ.
    • v.t Bream brēm to clean, as a ship's bottom, by burning off seaweed, shells, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. breme, brem, F. brême, OF. bresme, of German origin; cf. OHG. brahsema, brahsina, OLG. bressemo, G. brassen,. Cf. Brasse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with Broom, Dut. brem.


In literature:

It was the first fresh-water bream I had caught in Queensland, and I felt elated.
""Five-Head" Creek; and Fish Drugging In The Pacific" by Louis Becke
A number of small parrot-fish, sea-bream, and mottled cod at once appeared and devoured the fragments.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
Domestic party, the bream!
"The Merryweathers" by Laura E. Richards
In about a quarter of an hour or so he drew in his nets and took out two bream.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
A fish like a small bream, abundant on the south-west coasts of England.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Bream, sunning themselves on the shallow margins of the other side, give a sinuous swish to their tails and dart up.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
Here are lots of herrings, pike, bream, and perch!
"Russian Fairy Tales" by R. Nisbet Bain
He was fishing from the bank for bream, which run large in that part of the river.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
I am sure it's a carp or a bream.
"The Anglican Friar" by A. Novice
Waveney is extremely good, and the bream and roach are of large size.
"The Handbook to the Rivers and Broads of Norfolk & Suffolk" by G. Christopher Davies

In poetry:

And often, as we rode together,
We, looking down the green-bank'd stream,
Saw flowers in the sunny weather,
And saw the bubble-making bream.
"Riding Together" by William Morris
As the toiled bream makes red its tail,
Toil you, Sir, for the Royal House;
Amidst its blazing fires, nor quail:--
Your parents see you pay your vows.
"The Affection Of The Wives On The Joo" by Confucius
I said "Ahoy!" and he said "Ahoy"!
and I asked how the fish were biting;
And what are you trying to catch my boy,
Bream, silver and red - or Whiting?"
"Stars In The Sea" by Roderic Quinn
Purged from ambition's aims I say, "For fish.
We need not bream caught in the Ho;
Nor, to possess the sweets of love, require
To Ts'e, to find a Keang, to go.
"The Contentment Of A Poor Recluse" by Confucius
What in his angling did he catch?
Well worth the time it was to watch
How bream and tench he took.
Men thronged upon the banks and gazed;
At bream and tench they looked amazed,
The triumphs of his hook.
"A Wife Bemoans Her Husband's Absence" by Confucius

In news:

Largemouth bass, crappie and bream are stocked in these waters to maintain good fishing.
He was the son of the late Raymond G Bream and Margaret E (Brown) Bream of Waynesboro.
Bream can keep up with the rapid pace of the news cycle.
Bream Fishing w/ Bathing suit.
When worked properly, it looks like a shad or bream, depending on the color you choose.
Quin Hillyer, Senior Fellow at the Center for Individual Freedom, talks to Shannon Bream about hiring practices at the Department of Justice that are raising some eyebrows.
Visualize the centerpiece of that lovely spread is an almost 2-acre picturesque pond stocked with Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Bream.
Find eclectic home goods and treats at Sweet Breams.
Staying Fit on the Campaign Trail With Fox News Reporter Shannon Bream.
Bream can keep up with the rapid pace of the news cycle.
The mind's-eye video clip of Sid Bream's charge to the plate seems to move in slo-mo.
Or maybe the memory runs in real time and it just took Bream that long to reach home on Francisco Cabrera's single.
Sid Bream played in the Major Leagues for twelve years and for the Atlanta Braves from 1991-1993.
Bream a career.290 hitter with 90 homeruns is most known for his winning slide against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series.
Brethren Game Supper to feature Sid Bream.