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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
A fly of various species, of the family Tabanidæ, noted for buzzing about animals, and tormenting them by sucking their blood; -- called also horsefly, and gadfly. They are among the largest of two-winged or dipterous insects. The name is also given to different species of botflies.

Etymology: OE. brese, AS. briósa; perh. akin to OHG. brimissa, G. breme bremse, D. brems, which are akin to G. brummen to growl, buzz, grumble, L. fremere to murmur; cf. G. brausen, Sw. brusa, Dan. bruse, to roar, rush

noun Breeze
  1. A light, gentle wind; a fresh, soft-blowing wind."Into a gradual calm the breezes sink." [Wordsworth.]
  2. An excited or ruffed state of feeling; a flurry of excitement; a disturbance; a quarrel; as, the discovery produced a breeze .(Colloq)

Etymology: F. brise; akin to It. brezza breeze, Sp. briza brisa, a breeze from northeast, Pg. briza northeast wind; of uncertain origin; cf. F. bise, Pr. bisa, OHG. bisa, north wind, Arm. biz northeast wind

noun Breeze
  1. Refuse left in the process of making coke or burning charcoal.
  2. [Brickmaking] Refuse coal, coal ashes, and cinders, used in the burning of bricks.

Etymology: F. braise cinders, live coals. See Brasier

verb Breeze
To blow gently.
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  1. Any undertaking that is easy to do
  2. A slight wind (usually refreshing) ("the breeze was cooled by the lake")
  3. To proceed quickly and easily
  4. Blow gently and lightly ("It breezes most evenings at the shore")

Attested since 1555, from the earlier (nautical) term brise, brize (“breeze”). Variously supposed to derive from a Germanic source like Saterland Frisian Briese (“breeze”), Dutch bries (“breeze”), or from Spanish brisa (“northeast wind”); compare French brise, Italian brezza. Possibly ultimately from the same Indo-European source as Albanian breshër (“hail”).

  1. A light, gentle wind.
    The rustled the papers on her desk.
  2. Any activity that is easy, not testing or difficult.
    After studying Latin, Spanish was a .
  3. (cricket) Wind blowing across a cricket match, whatever its strength.
  4. Ashes and residue of coal or charcoal, usually from a furnace. See Wikipedia article on Clinker.
  5. An excited or ruffled state of feeling; a flurry of excitement; a disturbance; a quarrel.
    The discovery produced a .

From Middle English brese, from Old English brēosa, variant of Old English brimsa (“gadfly”), from Proto-Germanic *bremusī (“gadfly”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerem- (“to make a noise, buzz, hum”). Cognate with Dutch brems (“horsefly, warblefly”), German Bremse (“gadfly, horsefly”), Danish bremse (“gadfly, horsefly”), Swedish broms (“gadfly, horsefly”). Related also to Middle English brimse (“gadfly”), French brize (“gadfly”), Old English bremman (“to rage, roar”), Latin fremō (“roar, snort, growl, grumble”). See also bream.

  1. A gadfly; a horsefly.
  2. A strong-bodied dipterous insect of the family Tabanidae.

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    Alan Breeze was a singing and singer. Alan was born on October 9th, 1909 in West Ham, London, England, UK. Alan is also known as Breeze and Alan Louis. He left this life on January 15th, 1980.


    Michaela Breeze is an athlete. Michaela was born on May 17th, 1979.


    How popular is the baby name Breeze in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1974 5 5 0
    1975 8 8 0
    1977 7 7 0
    1978 12 12 0
    1979 9 9 0
    1980 7 7 0
    1981 11 11 0
    1982 10 10 0
    1983 10 10 0
    1984 6 6 0
    1985 5 5 0
    1986 5 5 0
    1987 10 10 0
    1988 8 8 0
    1989 8 8 0
    1990 6 6 0
    1991 5 5 0
    1992 12 7 5
    1993 15 10 5
    1994 11 11 0
    1995 16 16 0
    1996 16 16 0
    1997 18 18 0
    1998 21 21 0
    1999 21 21 0
    2000 24 24 0
    2001 25 25 0
    2002 30 30 0
    2003 25 25 0
    2004 24 24 0
    2005 36 36 0
    2006 23 23 0
    2007 19 19 0
    2008 32 32 0
    2009 18 18 0
    2010 22 22 0
    2011 24 24 0
    2012 28 21 7
    2013 38 30 8
    2014 29 21 8
    2015 30 24 6
    2016 32 24 8
    2017 31 22 9

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    Ethnicity Breeze U.S.
      White 81.79% 64.26%
      African American 10.93% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.70% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.23% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.62% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.73% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Breeze

    • How Popular is the name Breeze? Breeze is the 12,660th most popular name of all time. As a last name Breeze was the 13,370th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Breeze have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 752 babies born with the first name Breeze in the United States. That's more than enough people named Breeze to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Breeze? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1974 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Breeze first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Breeze is Tuesday, January 31st, 1888.
    • What year had the most people named Breeze born? The highest recorded use of the first name Breeze was in 2005 with a total of 36 babies.
    • Random Breeze Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Breeze is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2004.
    • Weird things about the name Breeze: Your name in reverse order is Ezeerb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ebezer. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Breeze? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,279 people with the last name Breeze.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Breeze? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Breeze as their last name since less than 1 person in 130k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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