Definition of brick in English:



  • 1A small rectangular block typically made of fired or sun-dried clay, used in building.

    • ‘The production cost was higher than that of clay bricks.’
    • ‘Most buildings are made of bricks and concrete, while others are made of adobe-style mud.’
    • ‘Newer houses have walls made of adobe blocks or bricks, with roofs of corrugated zinc or cement.’
    • ‘Ivy will not harm fired clay bricks, nor will it cause mortar to crumble unless the mortar is already unsound.’
    • ‘In Guinea, most new small buildings are made of badly fired bricks, and have corrugated metal roofs.’
    • ‘He mixed the sand with clay to form bricks, which were then heated to high temperatures.’
    • ‘Cracked mortar between bricks should also be repointed by carefully removing and replacing any unsound mortar.’
    • ‘Use paving bricks or blocks around the edge to prevent the dog from injuring itself on the edge of the chicken wire.’
    • ‘Missing parts were not imitated but added in a modern way, often using the rubble bricks of destroyed buildings.’
    • ‘For brick, concrete and cinder block, only latex should be used.’
    • ‘This restraining edge is necessary because mortarless bricks tend to shift at the edges.’
    • ‘Thick smooth bricks suggested a building of some sort.’
    • ‘Brick saws can be used to cut bricks, pavers, stones, large quarry tiles and other masonry.’
    • ‘We all need some knowledge of the bricks before we start building.’
    • ‘Clay walls may be molded by hand or with wooden forms; it may be preformed into bricks and sun-dried.’
    • ‘It was the only building with glaringly bright light shining though the spaces between the bricks of the building.’
    • ‘Common building materials are concrete blocks and bricks.’
    • ‘It looked as if it had been dug and then lined with bricks of clay.’
    • ‘Mud and wattle or sun-dried bricks are used in house building in rural areas; well-off families may use concrete blocks.’
    • ‘Later, baked clay bricks were used for walling.’
    1. 1.1Bricks collectively as a building material.
      ‘this mill was built of brick’
      [as modifier] ‘a large brick building’
      • ‘As growth continued, substantial brick and stone buildings replaced frontier tents and shanties.’
      • ‘The Doyle Hall was a modern five-story brick building, with balconies.’
      • ‘It is fitted with a brick fireplace with gas fire inset and has views over the side gardens.’
      • ‘Woodlawn is brick, a building material rarely used in early nineteenth-century Maine where lumber was so plentiful.’
      • ‘It was a building of stone and brick with no tell-tale signs of any real life, however, inside there was.’
      • ‘It was a nice road with old brick and stone buildings with cobblestone roads and sidewalks.’
      • ‘It is one of the few remaining brick and stucco depot buildings remaining in south Alabama.’
      • ‘It sat as an empty shell from 1965 to 1978, a vacant, desolate, boarded up old brick building.’
      • ‘Other massive materials, such as brick and stone, also store the sun's heat and add mass to a building's interior.’
      • ‘The apartments are laid out in two three-storey buildings with rustic brick elevations and mansard type roofs.’
      • ‘Wall materials such as stucco, cement, brick, plaster, stone, and block are most resistant to high temperatures.’
      • ‘A small fire rose in the brick fire place, growing stronger and hotter.’
      • ‘In the town square, autumn sun softens the old stone and brick buildings.’
      • ‘Storage of solar heat occurs in a dense mass materials like concrete, brick and water.’
      • ‘First, be sure to take into account the fixed colors of your home - brick, stone work and the roof color.’
      • ‘While it dates back to 1879, there's no quaint Main Street lined with old brick buildings.’
      • ‘They were walking toward a short small building made of a type of brick looking material.’
      • ‘Present-day government buildings are often old brick edifices left over from the Soviet period.’
      • ‘The primary building material was large adobe brick, and huge pyramids towered above the city.’
      • ‘Preferred materials are stone and adobe brick fortified by heavy timbers.’
    2. 1.2A small, rectangular object.
      ‘a brick of ice cream’
      • ‘I attempted to respond, but it was if I was encased in a brick of glass.’
      • ‘How many people would feel worse off if someone threw a brick of gold through their front window?’
      • ‘Think of a beautiful counter with nothing to chop on it, except a brick of ice.’
      • ‘After the 90 minutes, place a brick of dough between two sheets of wax paper.’
      • ‘Meat loaf, once a loathed, dry brick of protein, now enjoys more respect, if only for its retro-cool quotient.’
      • ‘The large golden bricks were more than twice her size and she looked up at them and smiled.’
      • ‘He brings her a mug of coffee with a brick of imported truffle chocolate floating in the middle.’
      • ‘Sure, he was cool when he sported that brick of a cell phone while strolling on the beach.’
      • ‘None of us came from the womb clutching a bottle of Cab and a big brick of English cheddar.’
      • ‘Rather, a brick of five or seven cartridges are collectively shrink-wrapped together.’
      • ‘She remembered selling him a brick of hash out of the broken down toilet stall.’
      • ‘Get a brick of white, scent-free glycerin soap from the craft store.’
      • ‘But is there a cure to melt the whole of this brick of ice within me?’
      • ‘He snapped the cylinder into his curved brick of a weapon, stepped back and let the fireworks chatter.’
      • ‘I sigh and walk back to the benches, where Steven had laid down his brick of a book.’
      • ‘After six quick moves with the knife, he is left with a brick of potato.’
      • ‘I went to the open wall-safe and liberated its contents: to wit, several stout bricks of high-denomination Pound notes.’
      • ‘A shipment of coffee mugs should include a single-pot brick of coffee.’
      • ‘The tuna in question is a brick of sushi-grade bluefin toro, seared on one side only.’
      • ‘I was enjoying the moment of drowsy bliss before reality hit me like a brick of lead.’
      block, cube, slab, bar, cake
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  • 2informal A large and relatively heavy mobile phone, typically an early model with limited functionality.

    ‘I had one of those Motorola bricks as my first cell phone’
    • ‘The first hand-held phones, affectionately known as "bricks", were still big and bulky, only made voice calls, and cost more than $4000.’
    • ‘His best phone was a massive old brick.’
    • ‘The classic brick phone had an LED screen and boasted 30 minutes of talk time with eight hours of standby.’
    • ‘I've had a mobile phone for ten years. Not the same phone, obviously. My first one was a brick.’
    • ‘Apple takes you back to when a mobile phone was a brick, not the neat little gadgets they are now.’
    • ‘I don't see us returning to the giant brick of a phone like the earliest models.’
    • ‘If I were PM, I'd make it illegal for any child under 16 to own more than a basic brick mobile phone.’
    • ‘You were lucky to have a flip phone, I had one of those Motorola bricks as my first cell phone.’
    • ‘The idea was born when mobile phones were bricks and Macs seemed to share the same product design as Fisher Price.’
    • ‘I have been longtime Moto user, way back to the huge white phone with the big black antennae, a real brick.’
    • ‘It was a large brick with a massive battery issued by someone like Motorola.’
    • ‘I remember my Dad bringing home a big brick cell phone in the 80s.’
    1. 2.1A smartphone or other electronic device that has completely ceased to function.
      ‘while updating the firmware the USB cable got disconnected and the phone is now a brick’
      • ‘I need to somehow upgrade my Android 2.2 to 2.3 or higher - not as easy as you think without turning your cell into a brick.’
      • ‘I went to update my operating system last night and my phone is now a brick.’
      • ‘My phone is a brick and I really just don't understand what I can't do to fix it.’
      • ‘The 4.0.1 update has turned my phone into a brick.’
      • ‘Cracked screens, broken casings and malfunctioning operating systems short-circuited by moisture damage or dust infiltration can cause massive headaches and turn an expensive device into a useless brick.’
      • ‘If you can't recover your ID or re-set your password, it's a brick.’
      • ‘If that isn't working your Windows 8 phone is going to turn into a brick.’
      • ‘I've been nervous about rooting because my friend turned his phone into a brick.’
      • ‘The update downloaded and said to restart my phone. I did and now it's a brick.’
      • ‘My 2 month old Xperia ZR is now a brick.’
  • 3British dated, informal A generous, helpful, and reliable person.

    • ‘Mr. Hall is such a brick, that when we get back he is going to take us all in.’
    • ‘James was a brick, he helped anyway he could and managed to get me the tablets and stuff I needed.’
    • ‘Large, jolly and boisterous, Carol is regarded as something of a brick, and there are sound reasons for the affection she commands.’
    • ‘He's a brick, a chip off the old block, a good 'un.’
    • ‘She really is a brick.’


  • 1Block or enclose with a wall of bricks.

    ‘the doors have been bricked up’
    • ‘Cops went running past, as the assassin walked into a small red bricked building.’
    • ‘But because they're often paved, bricked, or tiled, they have a tendency to look cold and uninviting.’
    • ‘They have food, shelter, and facilities, yet all doors are locked, all windows bricked over and no way out.’
    • ‘Well, look for a big brown bricked building with a huge campus.’
    • ‘Some of the doors were bolted shut, some were bricked up.’
    • ‘But when the ramparts went up they bricked up all the stations underneath them.’
    • ‘Before you can leave the gym, you have to go through a nicely bricked breezeway.’
    • ‘Some of the once grand buildings of the town are sadly bricked up, but they still retain their beauty.’
    • ‘Clutching her handbag, she opens the car door swiftly and steps onto the red bricked driveway.’
    • ‘The walls were bricked but filled with sports pictures and the booths were all different colors.’
    • ‘A cup found bricked into the original kitchen hearth is both remnant and confirmation of an early custom.’
    • ‘We walked along with out a word, until we got to a red bricked apartment building.’
    • ‘You'll find a maze of alcoves in a candle-lit cellar, bricked, arched and genuinely antique.’
    • ‘What really happened in this house seven years ago, and why is part of the basement bricked up?’
    • ‘Those windows were bricked in because to do so was far cheaper than making the needed structural repairs.’
    • ‘I'm not quite ready to be bricked into a forgotten wine cellar together for eternity.’
    • ‘I arrived in the green bricked hall, and was quickly let in by the tall man at the booth.’
    • ‘The building's windows and doors were bricked in, and there didn't seem to be any other way inside.’
    • ‘The teasing smell didn't have an effect on the cold warrior as he ambled through the uneven grey, bricked street.’
    • ‘The car pulled closer to a three story bricked building.’
  • 2informal Cause (a smartphone or other electronic device) to become completely unable to function, typically on a permanent basis.

    ‘installing an unofficial OS voids the warranty and may brick the phone’
    • ‘I know the bootloader won't be unlocked anymore, but is there a possibility that I could brick my phone?’
    • ‘This update can brick your phone.’
    • ‘Not all ROMs work on all phones and you can definitely brick your phone by failing to flash a ROM correctly.’
    • ‘Many computers include recovery features in their BIOS that allow them to recover from an interrupted BIOS flash that would normally brick the device.’
    • ‘Bby hacking your standard model, you run the chance of bricking your phone the next time it's updated, potentially voiding your warranty at the same time.’
    • ‘Note that any interruption at this point - reboot, disconnection from PC or power off - will permanently brick the device.’
    • ‘I called customer service and their suggestions bricked the phone.’
    • ‘Proceed at your own risk, and if you permanently brick your phone, we can't help you.’
    • ‘We always recommend that your device has at least 80% battery charge before you begin to avoid the possibility of bricking your phone if it turns off during installation.’
    • ‘The last time we did a major over-the-air update on a phone, it bricked a perfectly good Sony Ericsson.’


  • be built like a brick shithouse

    • 1(of a person) having a very solid physique.

    • 2(of a woman) having a very attractive figure.

  • bricks and mortar

    • 1Buildings.

      ‘David knows how inefficient it is to tie up your capital in bricks and mortar’
      • ‘We have over 20 million customers, between software, Internet, and bricks and mortar.’
      • ‘There would be no need to pay for the bricks and mortar and the other services provided by traditional colleges.’
      • ‘Direct sales - which includes the bricks and mortar retail stores - was up 45 per cent for the quarter.’
      • ‘That means we will enjoy three times the profitability of traditional bricks and mortar grocers.’
      • ‘These retailers do not carry an inventory and most of them do not have a bricks and mortar store.’
      1. 1.1[as modifier]Used to denote a business that operates conventionally rather than (or as well as) over the Internet.
        ‘the bricks-and-mortar banks’
        Compare with clicks and mortar
        • ‘Highly digitized, the transaction process is conceptually similar for both the bricks-and-mortar and the virtual banks.’
        • ‘Smart retailers are exploiting their Web savvy to bolster their bricks-and-mortar operations.’
        • ‘Marketers have to be careful about comparing Internet shopping with bricks-and-mortar shopping, LaPointe warned.’
        • ‘Business is business, no matter whether it's bricks-and-mortar or cyberspace-based.’
        • ‘But other bricks-and-mortar businesses have found a home in cyberspace.’
  • a brick short of a load

  • hit (or run into) a brick wall

    • Face an insuperable problem or obstacle while trying to do something.

      • ‘I'm hitting a brick wall in trying to choose a good school and getting the hands-on experience I need.’
      • ‘Each time he tried to get in, it was as if he were hitting a brick wall.’
      • ‘We stood up to the competition and delivered a good service, but we hit a brick wall.’
      • ‘Will efforts to end the election crisis hit a brick wall?’
      • ‘How will you respond when the new market segment hits a brick wall?’
      • ‘But growth in the domestic cider market looks to have hit a brick wall.’
      • ‘I have talked to many people, but I keep hitting a brick wall.’
      • ‘Sadly, this approach seemingly hit a brick wall too.’
      • ‘The dancer's biggest frustrations surface when she hits a brick wall with a choreographer and nothing seems to work.’
      • ‘When you talk to your partner, it feels as though you're hitting a brick wall.’
  • like a ton of bricks

    • informal With crushing weight, force, or authority.

      ‘all her years of marriage suddenly fell on her like a ton of bricks’
      • ‘Realization hit her like a ton of bricks and she staggered under the weight of it.’
      • ‘I desperately tried to remember what had happened last night and suddenly, it fell upon me like a ton of bricks.’
      • ‘The words hit me like a ton of bricks, like a bomb.’
      • ‘Realization hit Josh like a ton of bricks.’
      • ‘When you learned that he had given an alleged confession, that must have hit like a ton of bricks.’
      • ‘When I first heard that, it hit me like a ton of bricks.’
      • ‘As she stared at her reflection in the mirror, the enormity of the situation fell around her like a ton of bricks.’
      • ‘Then my father's word hit me like a ton of bricks.’
      • ‘The hustle and bustle of the birthday party hit him like a ton of bricks.’
      • ‘Revelation hits like a ton of bricks - you could totally see it in his eyes.’
      sharply, roundly, soundly, fiercely, scathingly, savagely
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  • shit a brick (or bricks)

    • vulgar slang Be extremely anxious or nervous.

  • you can't make bricks without straw

    • proverb Nothing can be made or accomplished without proper or adequate material or information.

      • ‘For our enterprises, ‘One can't make bricks without straw’ is no longer a solid excuse.’
      • ‘The law of value will still be there reminding us that, even under socialism, you can't make bricks without straw.’
      • ‘You can't make bricks without straw and you can't portray a character just by making him up from within yourself.’
      • ‘It's no good trying to build a website if you don't know any html, you can't make bricks without straw.’


Late Middle English: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch bricke, brike; probably reinforced by Old French brique; of unknown ultimate origin.




Definition of Brick in English:


proper noun

  • A township in southeastern New Jersey; population 78,419 (est. 2008)