Main definitions of brow in English

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noun

  • 1A person's forehead.

    ‘he wiped his brow’
    • ‘While the rest of the room wiped their brows, one of the successful bidders slept soundly through the entire proceedings.’
    • ‘Men wiped sweat from their brows and then raised their damp handkerchiefs in agreement or protest.’
    • ‘It wasn't a good kiss; she mashed her whole face against his straight on, jammed her nose into his, her forehead into his brow.’
    • ‘The flour from the bacon and egg muffin had evidently rubbed off on my hands, and had been transferred to my forehead every time I wiped my brow.’
    • ‘A sterile towel should not be used by a person in sterile attire to adjust glasses or wipe his or her brow.’
    • ‘Buck sighed audibly and wiped his brow as the jury, which had deliberated for five-and-a-half hours, returned its verdicts.’
    • ‘He turned around, pushing his dark brown hair off his forehead and wiped his sweaty brow.’
    • ‘Nothing's longer than three minutes and they pause only to wipe sweat off their brows.’
    • ‘Weber was constantly wiping his brow with a towel during the TV game.’
    • ‘Both women continued pouring magik into the sphere until it was the color of the sky, and Elisa wiped sweat from her brow.’
    • ‘The injection works by temporarily paralysing the muscles around the forehead, eyes and brow that make wrinkles and lines in the face as people age.’
    • ‘But as the spirit appeared, during my prayer, I felt surprised to notice its brow darkened and its forehead wrinkled.’
    • ‘Her nose narrowed and took on an aquiline cast, while her forehead receded from her brow.’
    • ‘He looked around nervously and wiped his perspiring brow.’
    • ‘Making it into the lobby, he remembered wiping his brow repeatedly from the water seeping down his forehead.’
    • ‘Giovanni sighed and rubbed his forehead, his brow creasing as he thought.’
    • ‘She stopped suddenly, her back still to Caleb and wiped her sweaty brow.’
    • ‘Residents working in nearby fields would stop in their work, wipe their sweating brows and wave to these visitors from afar.’
    • ‘I wiped my brow, leaving a stripe of blood across my forehead.’
    • ‘Her hair was windblown about her face, and deep creases were on her forehead, where her brow was puckered with anger.’
    forehead, temple
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    1. 1.1usually brows An eyebrow.
      ‘his brows lifted in surprise’
      • ‘Her brows furrowed together in surprise, before she carefully smoothed them out and assumed a blank expression.’
      • ‘He looked like the typical boy next door with dark blond longish hair that covered his high forehead and reached his brows.’
      • ‘Rayne's brows rose in surprise and we laughed loudly.’
      • ‘Groom your brows with an eyebrow brush or toothbrush in an upward and outwardly direction.’
      • ‘Her brows lifted in more light surprise then fell down back down in support.’
      • ‘But with a motorway across my forehead, brows to which the word furrowed does no justice and a whole flock of crow's feet around my eyes, I have nothing to lose.’
      • ‘When using colour on brows, match it to your eyebrows and not to your hair.’
      • ‘Her brows lift a little, but she doesn't answer me.’
      • ‘The general gist of the article was: The doctor injected poison between my brows and paralyzed my forehead.’
      • ‘He had a strong forehead and heavy brows that made him look like he was brooding.’
      • ‘No sooner had she wished it than his green-flecked gaze fell to her and the reddish brows raised on his forehead once more while one corner of his mouth crept upwards.’
      • ‘Chain lifted his brows at such a good deed as that.’
      • ‘Briar inquired skeptically, his brows arching on his forehead even as his eyes glimmered a brilliant green of hope.’
      • ‘Pieta lifted her brows slightly as he spoke, for fearful though she was, she knew not her true heritage and had never been told from where she inherited her exotic looks.’
      • ‘The hairs that had fallen over his brows revealed his tan forehead.’
      • ‘About to let loose a double rant, her brows shot up in surprise as he turned and pressed a finger to her lips to quiet her.’
      • ‘Hayek is leafing through the book again, showing me how Kahlo chose to give herself a single eyebrow when in reality her brows, though dark and striking, were separate.’
      • ‘While brows are sprouting, make sure to fill them in with an eyebrow pencil or brow powder, advises beauty guru, Laura Mercier.’
      • ‘Crescent shaped brows raising upon her forehead, Morgana turned a questioning look upon her husband as Briar threw open the doors to the throne room.’
      • ‘Lisa's head snapped to the left as she took in his form with surprise before her brows furrowed in pain.’
  • 2The summit of a hill or pass.

    ‘the cottages were built on the brow of a hill’
    • ‘As you come to a certain brow of the hill on the Mount of Olives, as you begin to descend you come to the valley of the Kidron and so you have a magnificent view of the city.’
    • ‘Jack Womersley, a former Bradford councillor, saw the motorbike overtake two cars and disappear over the brow of a hill moments before the collision.’
    • ‘As her breath returned, she stood again and walked slowly to the brow of the hill, staring out at the hazy valley.’
    • ‘As they creep over the blind brow of the hill, an articulated lorry comes thundering towards them and swerves out into the middle of the road as the driver spots the wary pedestrians.’
    • ‘The road twisted and turned for another fifteen minutes until it came to the brow of a hill and revealed a small valley beyond.’
    • ‘‘The bend is not severe but it's not possible to see it because of the brow of the hill,’ said TC Kirkbright.’
    • ‘I recently witnessed one cretin performing this manoeuvre as he approached the brow of a hill; an oncoming vehicle had to slam on its brakes to avoid a collision.’
    • ‘He overtook a coach full of schoolchildren on a blind bend on the brow of a hill and has never even apologised.’
    • ‘Indeed, as I approached the brow of the hill's eastern ridge the sun had also cleared the clouds and cast my shadow before me, an elongated shadow arched by no less than four rainbows.’
    • ‘Soon, Karae shifted position a second time, moving to lie on her stomach, facing the valley over the brow of the hill.’
    • ‘I had this old habit of speeding along the old country roads late at night and dipping my headlights before going around corners or going over the brows of hills.’
    • ‘Acting Inspector Steve Scott said: ‘My understanding is that the motorcycle came over the brow of the hill on its side,’ he said.’
    • ‘I was standing on the brow of a small hill behind my house, a warm breeze coming through the copse of trees behind me, and my eyes skimming over the roof tops and across to the lush fields in the distance.’
    • ‘The same story unfolded at the Scardaun Falls where the wind whipped the spray off the Falls and back over the brow of the hill towards the lake.’
    • ‘Anticipation was hardly a word in Newrys mind as they forged on and went straight from the kick off Newry to charge over the brow of the hill and launched a assault on the Cookstown line.’
    • ‘Some years ago a footpath was installed from Carnforth to the outskirts of Nether Kellet but stopped at a point where the road enters the village on the brow of a hill and round a sharp, narrow bend.’
    • ‘Mr Nugent was travelling separately and driving behind his pals when he lost sight of the Peugeot after the brow of a hill near Castledown School, Ludgershall.’
    • ‘After passing over the brow of a small hill leave the track and bear diagonally right across a field along a path indicated by a waymarker, this leads to a wooden footbridge on the far side of the large Field.’
    • ‘It's a busy road, and that was our main concern, with the traffic coming over the brow of the hill.’
    • ‘For no less than three miles this vast upland of hillocks and brows roll on, serried knolls which appear to stretch onwards into infinity.’
    summit, peak, top, mountaintop, crest, crown, tip, head, pinnacle, apex, vertex, apogee
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Origin

Old English brū ‘eyelash, eyebrow’, of Germanic origin. Current senses arose in Middle English; compare with brae.

Pronunciation

brow

/braʊ/

Main definitions of brow in English

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brow2

noun

  • 1A gangway from a ship to the shore.

    • ‘It was one of the largest crowds seen at any recent ship's departure and two brows were needed to get the large crowd on and off the warship.’
    • ‘With a call to board ship, sailors said their final farewells, gave their final kisses and hugs and moved up the brow.’
    • ‘It raced from the ship's side to the flight deck while the brows were secured.’
    • ‘When the brow was secured, RADM Yang strode to the shore to be greeted by RADM Smith and the Chinese dignitaries.’
    1. 1.1 A hinged part of a ferry or landing craft forming a landing platform.

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably from Norwegian bru, from Old Norse brú ‘bridge’.

Pronunciation

brow

/braʊ/