• WordNet 3.6
    • v brook put up with something or somebody unpleasant "I cannot bear his constant criticism","The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks","he learned to tolerate the heat","She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
    • n brook a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river) "the creek dried up every summer"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The boys poke about in a brook, while the girls relax on the bank The boys poke about in a brook, while the girls relax on the bank
The princess and her companions by the brook The princess and her companions by the brook
Application by Sidney Brooks for membership in the secret Order of '76 Application by Sidney Brooks for membership in the secret Order of '76
She came suddenly upon Mr. Brooke She came suddenly upon Mr. Brooke
For Mrs. John Brooke For Mrs. John Brooke

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Writer Director Actor Albert Brooks real name is Albert Einstein.
    • n Brook A natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek. "The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water.""Empires itself, as doth an inland brook Into the main of waters."
    • Brook To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young men can not brook restraint. "Shall we, who could not brook one lord,
      Crouch to the wicked ten?"
    • Brook To deserve; to earn.
    • Brook To use; to enjoy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Mel Brooks' 'Silent Movie,' mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role.
    • n brook A natural stream of water, too small to be called a river.
    • brook To draw together and threaten rain: said of the clouds: with up.
    • brook To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
    • brook To earn; deserve.
    • brook To bear; endure; support; put up with: always in a negative sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brook brōōk a small stream
    • v.t Brook brōōk to enjoy: to bear or endure.
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  • W. Secker
    W. Secker
    “Usually the greatest boasters are the smallest workers. The deep rivers pay a larger tribute to the sea than shallow brooks, and yet empty themselves with less noise.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Many can brook the weather that love not the wind.”
  • John Dryden
    “Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”


A shallow brook babbles the loudest - People who are loud and talk a lot usually have nothing of substance to say. This contrasts with "Still waters run deep." Other versions are "Shallow brooks babble loudest" and "Shallow brooks are noisy."


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brok, broke, brook, AS. brōc,; akin to D. broek, LG. brōk, marshy ground, OHG. pruoh, G. bruch, marsh; prob. fr. the root of E. break, so as that it signifies water breaking through the earth, a spring or brook, as well as a marsh. See Break (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. búrcan, to use, enjoy; Ger. brauchen, L. frui, fructus.


In literature:

If I ask you a question, you must say, 'Yes, Miss Brooks,' or 'No, Miss Brooks,' for that is polite.
"Tabitha at Ivy Hall" by Ruth Alberta Brown
When the brook was again reached, the other scouts were called in, and all lost no time in reporting to Deck.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
If Mr. Brooks wants me, here I am.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Where the brook comes from, indeed!
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Rollo followed the path along the banks of the brook under the trees, until at length he came out to the open ground where Jonas was at work.
"Rollo's Museum" by Jacob Abbott
The five ate venison, and drank from the tiny brook at the edge of the cup.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Brooks, don't be ashamed to confess it.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
A. J. Brooks and I went ashore.
"Reminiscences of Two Years in the United States Navy" by John M. Batten
Another mile passed, the third since they had left the camp, and they came to a little brook.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A small brook; the sea-lark is so called at the Farne Islands.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

Nightingales, a sigh, a whisper
In a shady nook
And the lullaby in silver
Of a lazy brook.
"Nightingales, A Sigh, A Whisper" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet
Adah is Ornament and Orpah
is a Hind,
Naamah is the Sweetness
and Nikol is the Little Brook.
"Lost Paradise" by Jaroslav Seifert
The fields, the trees, the singing brook,
The very clouds I see,
Have on a universal look
Of full felicity.
"The Last Sweet Walk" by Alexander Anderson
Father's busy making hay
In the meadow by the brook,
Not so very far away—
Close its peeps, it needn't look!
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
The emphasis of silence made
The fog above the brook
Intensely pale; the trees took on
A haunted, haggard look.
"Before Dawn" by Maurice Thompson
Face down in the flooded brook
With nothing more to say.
Lies One the soldiers took,
And spoiled and threw away.
"Eyes Look Into The Well" by W H Auden

In news:

Rupprecht, 73, of Keene Valley died at about 3:30 Wednesday, said Lt William Gorman of Ray Brook-based State Police.
When New York Times columnist David Brooks accused the White House last week of "shaking confidence with its hyperactivity," no fewer than four senior administration officials reached out to explain — ever so politely — how he was wrong.
For his blog, Midtown Lunch, Zach Brooks dines for $10 or less.
" What ELSE can people find to attack regarding personal liberty and responsibility ANYway, it seems researchers at New York's Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management think what they have found "may have si...
CBS Local 2's Brooke Beare has What's Going Around.
Brooks Laich said he's not shocked by Chimera 's offensive outburst.
WASHINGTON POST) Let's start there, on Chimera 's first of two goals against Tampa Bay when he followed up on Brooks Laich's rush to the net and wound up with an easy rebound in the third period.
Circulus Annual Golf Tournament was held at the Moon Brook Country Club recently.
Getty Images Actress Brooke Shields, shown here in a 2009 file photo, sported her Class of 1987 jacket while speaking to Princeton University students during " Class-Day ," a pre-graduation ceremony.
Brooke Shields to speak at Princeton's Class Day .
Brooke Shields is going back to school.
A Brazilian-based company is taking over the XL Foods cattle processing plant in Brooks, Alta.
Clean-shaven Kix Brooks Movie to Premiere in Hollywood.
Kix Brooks—singer, songwriter, half of former powerhouse duo Brooks & Dunn, national radio personality, Hollywood movie star.
Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has scored 12 points this season.

In science:

Brooks Harris, Exact solution of a model of localization, Phys.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Matelski, The dynamics of 2-generator subgroups of PSL(2, C), Riemann surfaces and related topics: Proc. of the 1978 Stony Brook Conf. (I.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
Brooks and Makover introduced an approach to random Riemann surfaces based on associating a dense set of them – Belyi surfaces – with random cubic graphs.
On the Genus of a Random Riemann Surface
In [BM] Brooks and Makover constructed Riemann surfaces from oriented cubic graphs.
On the Genus of a Random Riemann Surface
The compact surface S C (Γ, O) is a conformal compactification of S O (Γ, O); Brooks and Makover proved that almost always the global geometry of S C (Γ, O) is controlled by the geometry of S O (Γ, O).
On the Genus of a Random Riemann Surface