• the Brick Pyramid of AntÛfÂa, at Thebes
    the Brick Pyramid of AntÛfÂa, at Thebes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brick rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
    • n brick a good fellow; helpful and trustworthy
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.) Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.)
Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has three brick fireboxes and a large brick chimney. This structure was probably a brew house, bakery, or distillery Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has...
A brick house at Jamestown, about 1640. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A brick house at Jamestown, about 1640. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Four brick kilns have been excavated. The one shown had five firing chambers. Roofing tiles were also made in the Jamestown brick kilns Four brick kilns have been excavated. The one shown had five firing chambers. Roofing tiles were also made in the...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A common drink for Tibetans is Butter Tea which is made out of butter, salt, and brick tea
    • Brick A block or clay tempered with water, sand, etc., molded into a regular form, usually rectangular, and sun-dried, or burnt in a kiln, or in a heap or stack called a clamp. "The Assyrians appear to have made much less use of bricks baked in the furnace than the Babylonians."
    • Brick A good fellow; a merry person; as, you 're a brick . "He 's a dear little brick ."
    • Brick Any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brickof bread.
    • Brick Bricks, collectively, as designating that kind of material; as, a load of brick; a thousand of brick . "Some of Palladio's finest examples are of brick ."
    • Brick To imitate or counterfeit a brick wall on, as by smearing plaster with red ocher, making the joints with an edge tool, and pointing them.
    • Brick To lay or pave with bricks; to surround, line, or construct with bricks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rice flour was used to strengthen some of the bricks that make up the Great Wall of China
    • n brick A breach.
    • n brick A rent or flaw.
    • n brick A portion of land (apparently the same as breck, 4).
    • brick To break by pulling back.
    • n brick A kind of artificial stone made (usually) of moistened and finely kneaded clay molded into rectangular blocks (the length of which is commonly twice the breadth), and hardened by being burned in a kiln, or sometimes, especially in warm countries, by being dried in the sun. Sun-dried bricks are usually now, as in remote antiquity, mixed with chopped straw to give them greater tenacity. (See adobe.) Bricks in the United States and Europe are generally red (see brick-clay), but some clays produce yellowish bricks, as for example the Milwaukee brick much used as an ornamental building material in the United States. The bricks made in China and Japan are invariably of a slaty-blue color.
    • n brick A mass or object resembling a brick: as, a brick of tea; a silver brick. Specifically
    • n brick A loaf of bread.
    • n brick In heraldry, a charge similar to a billet, but depicted so as to show the thickness, that is, in perspective.
    • brick Made of brick; resembling brick; as, a brick wall; a brick-red color.
    • brick To lay or pave with bricks, or to surround, close, or wall in with bricks.
    • brick To build in with bricks; place in brickwork.
    • brick To give the appearance of brick to: said of a plastered wall when it is smeared with red ocher and joints are made in it with an edgetool, and then filled with fine plaster to resemble brickwork.
    • n brick A good fellow, in an emphatic sense: a term of admiration bestowed on one who on occasion or habitually shows in a modest way great or unexpected courage, kindness, or thoughtfulness, or other admirable qualities.
    • n brick “In brief I don't stick to declare Father Dick, So they called him for short, was a regular brick; A metaphor taken, I have not the page aright, Out of an ethical work by the Stagyrite.”
    • n brick Barham, Ingoldsby Legends, Brothers of Birchington.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Empire State Building in New York City is constructed of over 10 million bricks.
    • n Brick brik an oblong or square piece of burned clay: a loaf of bread in the shape of a brick:
    • v.t Brick to lay or pave with brick
    • n Brick brik (slang) a reliable friend, a good fellow
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  • Frank Gifford
    Frank Gifford
    “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.”
  • Caesar Augustus
    Caesar Augustus
    “I found Rome brick, I left it marble.”
  • Canon Lindsay Dewar
    Canon Lindsay Dewar
    “Every one comes between men's souls and God, either as a brick wall or as a bridge. Either you are leading men to God or you are driving them away.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “You let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag.”
  • William Blake
    “Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.”


Don't throw bricks when you live in a glass house - Don't call others out on actions that you, yourself do. Don't be a hypocrite.
Talking to a brick wall - If you talk to someone and they do not listen to you, it is like talking to a brick wall.
To be as thick as two bricks - Someone who is as thick as two bricks is really stupid.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brik, F. brique,; of Ger. origin; cf. AS. brice, a breaking, fragment, Prov. E. brique, piece, brique de pain, equiv. to AS. hlāfes brice, fr. the root of E. break,. See Break
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. brique, from root of Break.


In literature:

It is a large brick building, three stories high, with massive brick walls.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
K. Brick A. I. and N.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 01, January, 1900" by Various
Instead of the pap called for by its weakly stomach, it begins by finding a brick to chew.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
There is a constant diffusion of gases taking place in the air; this diffusion takes place even through stone and through brick walls.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
While thus employed a step sounded on the brick walk, and a young man knocked at the open door without glancing in.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
But much that is ancient and simple in square red brick remains.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The lower is two bricks'-length, or about thirty-two inches, wide, and the thickness of three bricks, or about fourteen inches, high.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
The work included first the laying of a brick to line.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
There are, in New York, many excellent private dwellings, built of red painted brick, which gives them a peculiarly neat and clean appearance.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
K. Brick A., I. and N.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 3, July, 1900" by Various

In poetry:

Bricks and mortar will not stay,
Will not stay, will not stay,
Bricks and mortar will not stay,
My fair Lady.
"London Bridge is Falling Down" by Anonymous British
We left behind the new brick place
So strangely silent now,
The death-mask on its staring face,
The ashes on its brow;
"When Old Man Carey Died" by John O Brien
They are going to pull down the old rectory next year,
So I hear,
And put up an ugly little red
Brick one instead . . .
"The Old Rectory" by Cicely Fox Smith
Build it up with bricks and mortar,
Bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar,
Build it up with bricks and mortar,
My fair Lady.
"London Bridge is Falling Down" by Anonymous British
With one farewell
I leave you now, with not a word to tell
Where comedy and moonshine used to dwell
Within a brick-built cell.
"The Last Room" by Bliss William Carman
It all began so easy
With bricks upon the floor
Building motley houses
And knocking down your houses
And always building more.
"Christina" by Louis MacNeice

In news:

The Thunderbird Hotel and smaller, bungalow-style ocean block homes just south in Brick Township as the Jersey Shore prepares for Hurricane Irene's arrival Sunday morning August 26, 2011.
LOCKPORT — Patience is not just a virtue, it's a necessity right now in Lockport, where talented, explosive tailback David Fluellen has hit as many brick walls as he has holes so far in 2008.
Tucked away in the shadows of the Miami Tower building is a quaint, colorful, brick-walked area that can be entered via four separate alleyways.
View full size St Francis of Assisi School St Francis of Assisi School moved into this brick building in 1951.
The author of The Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum , traveled many paths before he found his Yellow Brick Road and captured our collective imagination.
Phi Kappa Tau is established at the University of Georgia and funds are raised to purchase a four-bedroom brick house at the intersection of Cloverhurst and Rutherford streets, behind what is now the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house.
The one-brick forge I created started out with one brick and proved to be incredibly useful.
As I learned more about working with soft bricks and found a better torch, what I call the"Extendo Forge" evolved.
Taunton Global War on Terrorism Memorial nears goal for memorial bricks.
The Schuyler County Historical Society's Brick Tavern Museum will be hosting Walt Gable 's presentation on Valois Castle at 11 am on Nov 17 at the museum, 108 N Catharine St, Montour Falls.
Ttotals Record Release at Brick Factory.
Investigators were trying to figure out what caused the blast where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood.
When the economy faltered in recent years, Berks County's Glen- Gery Corp. Perry Township, took it like a brick.
The $20 million, 77,000-square-foot building will serve as a transition between traditional, red brick buildings to the north and contemporary limestone to the east.
Mike Bloomberg did a brave and good deed for this city last week, one for which he's due a round of applause, especially from those of us who mainly throw bricks his way.

In science:

Aztec diamond into four polar regions, where we have a regular brick wall pattern, and a fifth central region, the temperate zone, where the tiling pattern is irregular.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
The graph is sometimes referred to as the brick lattice, . A dimer covering of this lattice can also be thought of as a certain cylindrical rhombus tiling, see .
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Salinas, Dimer Pair Correlations on the Brick Lattice, J.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
At the geometrical level, such a decomposition translates directly into three actions that are the basic bricks from which any multilayer action is built.
Simple trace criterion for classification of multilayers
We can imagine a deposition process in which bricks drop down onto the site with the lowest random number ri and then change this ri into another random number, or as the viscous fluid moving along the i’th (one dimensional) capillary channel, and reaching a new resistance.
Scaling in a simple model for surface growth in a random medium