Definitions for: Bray


[n] the cry of an ass
[v] laugh loudly and harshly
[v] reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"
[v] braying characteristic of donkeys



Webster (1913) Definition: Bray, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brayed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Braying.] [OE. brayen, OF. breier, F. broyer to pound,
grind, fr. OHG. brehhan to break. See Break.]
To pound, beat, rub, or grind small or fine.

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar, . . .
yet will not his foolishness depart from him. --Prov.
xxvii. 22.


Bray, v. i. [OE brayen, F. braire to bray, OF. braire to
cry, fr. LL. bragire to whinny; perh. fr. the Celtic and akin
to E. break; or perh. of imitative origin.]
1. To utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass.

Laugh, and they Return it louder than an ass can
bray. --Dryden.

2. To make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.

Heard ye the din of battle bray? --Gray.


Bray, v. t.
To make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and
grating sound.

Arms on armor clashing, brayed Horrible discord.
--MIlton.

And varying notes the war pipes brayed. --Sir W.
Scott.


Bray, n.
The harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or
discordant sound.

The bray and roar of multitudinous London. --Jerrold.


Bray, n. [OE. braye, brey, brew, eyebrow, brow of a hill,
hill, bank, Scot. bra, brae, bray, fr. AS. br?w eyebrow,
influenced by the allied Icel. br? eyebrow, bank, also akin
to AS. br? yebrow. See Brow.]
A bank; the slope of a hill; a hill. See Brae, which is now
the usual spelling. [North of Eng. & Scot.] --Fairfax.

Synonyms: comminute, crunch, grind, hee-haw, mash

See Also: break up, cry, emit, express joy, express mirth, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize, laugh, let loose, let out, mill, pestle, pulp, utter

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