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Meaning of BRAY

Pronunciation:  brey

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

BRAY is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Bray\, v. t.
    To make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and
    grating sound.
          Arms on armor clashing, brayed Horrible discord.
          And varying notes the war pipes brayed.  --Sir W.
  4. \Bray\, n.
    The harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or
    discordant sound.
          The bray and roar of multitudinous London. --Jerrold.
  5. \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.
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