Definition of brickwork in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The bricks in a wall, house, or other structure in terms of their type or layout.

    ‘the patterned brickwork of the gables’
    • ‘The room was lit by cylindrical skylights, each placed above an alcove of unplastered brickwork with recessed pointing.’
    • ‘Decorative brickwork with an interlaced pattern covers the exterior.’
    • ‘The mortar has leached, leaving crevices in the red brickwork.’
    • ‘Early in the season, when a lot of bare earth is still visible, the brickwork become the focal point of the garden.’
    • ‘The optimum way of ensuring an unblemished appearance is to keep brickwork clean as walls are being built.’
    • ‘Homeowners may also decorate by way of variations in thatching patterns, brickwork, or woodworking techniques.’
    • ‘The sitting room has polished timber flooring and original exposed brickwork on two walls.’
    • ‘The Flemish bond brickwork with decoratively glazed headers recalls colonial architectural details.’
    • ‘While plant growth can shorten the life of brickwork, a well-constructed wall should still last for many decades.’
    • ‘I indicated the houses with collapsed roofs, broken windows, charred brickwork and dismantled hedges.’
    • ‘In contrast with the facile legibility of the older tower's brickwork, the metal cladding is apparently casually crumpled.’
    • ‘The brickwork is all of one color and laid in Flemish bond.’
    • ‘We recommend that the top triangle of brickwork of the front gable wall be taken down to first floor window head level.’
    • ‘There is the occasional bit of moiré shimmer in patterns such as brickwork, but it is not obtrusive.’
    • ‘It was considered unsightly, and always covered with either a cement render or a skin of brickwork.’
    • ‘An ingenious pattern of brickwork bonding was adopted to ensure satisfactory composite action.’
    • ‘The contrast of old brickwork with the crystalline nature of the new structure is a classic Modernist move.’
    • ‘The brickwork is laid in Flemish bond with a molded brick water table.’
    • ‘The smooth red brickwork and fancy white window frames seemed untouched by human hands.’
    • ‘The design team exposed the existing textures by sandblasting and repointing stone and brickwork.’
    1. 1.1The craft or occupation of building structures with bricks.
      ‘in certain trades, such as brickwork, square metres would be expressed in thousands of bricks’
      • ‘About 12 years ago I set up my own building company, and I went to college to do brickwork.’
      • ‘He knew that I wanted to do brickwork and in the end he left me his tools.’
      • ‘All this time I thought they were a bunch of guys that did brickwork for free.’
  • 2British [treated as singular] A factory where bricks are made.

    ‘we head over towards the old brickworks’
    • ‘Analysts have been famed for their reticence to come up with profit forecasts, even for a rock-steady business such as a brewery or brickworks.’
    • ‘The screenings were held in an abandoned brickworks in inner Sydney.’
    • ‘He was the son of a solicitor who became the director of a brickworks.’
    • ‘They are found in road-building gangs, in quarries and brickworks, on plantations and in sweatshops.’
    • ‘His brickworks went bankrupt, he could not pay his fine and he began to feel thoroughly depressed.’