• WordNet 3.6
    • n brier evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes
    • n brier a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries
    • n brier Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
    • n brier tangled mass of prickly plants
    • n brier a thorny stem or twig
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brier A plant with a slender woody stem bearing stout prickles; especially, species of Rosa Rubus, and Smilax.
    • Brier Fig.: Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings. "The thorns and briers of reproof."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brier A prickly plant or shrub in general; specifically, the sweetbrier or the green-brier (which see). Also spelled briar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brier brī′er a prickly shrub: a common name for the wild rose:
    • n Brier brī′ėr the white heath, a shrub grown in France, from the root of which tobacco-pipes are made: a pipe of this wood.
    • n Brier brī′er (Scot.) the thorn of the brier—also Brī′ar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brere, brer, AS. brēr, brær,; cf. Ir. briar, prickle, thorn, brier, pin, Gael. preas, bush, brier, W. prys, prysg,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brér.


In literature:

His legs were bare, and sadly cut and torn by briers.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
So Elvira warred with her daily briers alone.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
With how sharp thorns and briers God hath to drive some of His sheep!
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Katy was very bright, quick as a dart in her motions, but as rough and sharp as a prickly-brier if things didn't go to suit her.
"Harper's Young People, March 16, 1880" by Various
I lost my boat over back here on the shore, and have had a cheerful time among the Mohawk briers.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
That, of course, was throwing the rabbit straight back into the brier-patch, as far as Gershom was concerned.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
She slipped easily between the briers, holding her skirt close.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Sweet-brier Pale pink Rocky banks, road-sides; N. E. Sweet-cicely White Rich moist Northern woods.
"Harper's Young People, June 8, 1880" by Various
Therefore I will construct for thee this tomb as a pearl oyster shell, Or shell of the purple dye, or bud on a thorny brier.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
Unvexed with dream of the rough briers that pull From his strayed lambs the wool!
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various

In poetry:

But deep in the glen's bosom
Summer slept in the fire
Of the odorous gorse-blossom
And the hot scent of the brier.
"The Hill Pines Were Sighing" by Robert Seymour Bridges
Like echoes that revel
On hills, where the brier
Vaults roofs of dishevel
And green, greedy fire,
They come as a choir.
"Fairies" by Madison Julius Cawein
"O bury me by the braken-bush,
Beneath the blooming brier;
Let never living mortal ken
That ere a kindly Scot lies here."
"Battle Of Otterbourne" by Anonymous British
O fast and fast they downwards sped
The moss and briers among,
And in the midst the troopers led
A shackled knight along.
"The Reiver's Wedding" by Sir Walter Scott
'O bury me by the braken-bush,
Beneath the blooming brier,
Let never a living mortal ken
That ere a kindly Scot lies here.'
"The Battle Of Otterburn" by Anonymous British
Our Ruth died in the springtime,
With the spade I turned the sod,
We buried her by the brier rose,
Her life is hid with God.
"A Mystery Play" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

Flyers' Claude Giroux, Danny Briere sign in Berlin.
No one in the Girl Scouts organization has yet figured out how to mass produce a proper-tasting s'more cookie for sale, says Tomkins, — unless you count the s'more cookie by Autumn Martin, former member of Girl Scout Troop 1492 back in Brier.
Working out Tuesday morning with some of their top players — Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen among others — was a blast.
Ryan, 25, never had met Briere and they seemed to hit it off.
A group of us recently went to Trali Irish Pub in Brier Creek to celebrate my birthday.
"It's a big relief," Briere said.
Shark attack on Flyers' Briere goes unpunished .
A raccoon appears to be washing his hands recently near Hammond/Brier Hill area.
Photographer Burce Dana said he captured this " woodchuck doing an adopt-a-highway program" on Potato Street Brier Hill recently.
Brier the cat donating blood to the ASPCA.
Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images All Ilya Kovalchuk could do was watch as Danny Briere fueled the Flyers' Game 1 overtime win.
8551 Brier Creek Pkwy, Brier Creek Commons, Raleigh Wake County NC 27617.
The numbers don't lie: Danny Briere has been "Mr. Postseason" in his career.
On Sunday, chess aficionado Roz Katz will hold a free expo at the Barnes & Noble in Brier Creek, hoping the Triangle will join her brain-building obsession.
A half dozen people are camped outside the Best Buy store in Brier Creek.

In science:

T (C F ) in terms of (i) mean-squared error and (ii) Brier skil l score.
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
This de finition is closely related to that used in [BL85, FV98 ]; the latter de finition is motivated by a bias-variance decomposition of the Brier score.
(weak) Calibration is Computationally Hard
Separating the brier score into calibration and re finement components: A graphical exposition.
(weak) Calibration is Computationally Hard
Brier curves: a new cost-based visualisation of classifier performance.
A graphical analysis of cost-sensitive regression problems
Briere, these proceedings and references therein. 11. F.
Present and Future in Semileptonic B Decays