- 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." [Layard.]
- 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." [Weale.]
- Any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brickof bread.
- A good fellow; a merry person; as, you 're a brick .(Slang)"He 's a dear little brick." [Thackeray.]
Note: ☞ Brick is used adjectively or in combination; as, brick wall; brick clay; brick color; brick red.
Etymology: 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