from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To utter the loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
- intransitive v. To sound loudly and harshly: The foghorn brayed all night.
- transitive v. To emit (an utterance or a sound) loudly and harshly.
- n. The loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
- n. A sound resembling that of a donkey: "an endless bray of pointless jocosity” ( Louis Auchincloss).
- transitive v. To crush and pound to a fine consistency, as in a mortar.
- transitive v. To spread (ink) thinly over a surface.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Of a donkey, to make its cry.
- v. Of a camel, to make its cry
- n. The cry of an ass or donkey.
- n. The cry of a camel
- v. To crush or pound, especially with a mortar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pound, beat, rub, or grind small or fine.
- intransitive v. To utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass.
- intransitive v. To make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.
- transitive v. To make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and grating sound.
- n. The harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or discordant sound.
- n. A bank; the slope of a hill; a hill. See brae, which is now the usual spelling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pound or beat thoroughly, as with a pestle or other instrument; triturate, crush, mix, etc., by beating or any analogous action: as to bray drugs; to bray printers' ink. See brayer.
- To utter a loud and harsh cry: with reference now especially to the ass, but formerly also to the bull, deer, and other animals, as well as to man.
- Hence To make a loud, harsh, disagreeable sound.
- To utter with a loud, harsh sound, like the ass.
- n. A harsh cry, especially that of an ass; hence, any similar harsh or grating sound.
- n. A bank or mound of earth used in fortification; a breastwork; a bulwark; specifically, a wall or other work in advance of and covering the gate of a fortress.
- n. A piece of sloping ground; an acclivity or declivity.
- n. A clout for a young child. Kersey, 1708.
- n. In heraldry: Barnacles or twitchers for subduring a horse: used as a bearing.
- n. [Perhaps a corruption of brake, break.] A bearing similar to the preceding in form, representing a tool used for breaking hemp: sometimes called a hempbray, hemp-brake, or hackle.
- In cloth-finishing, to pound (woolen cloth) in a soapy scouring-liquor: same as full. See full and fulling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. braying characteristic of donkeys
- v. laugh loudly and harshly
- v. reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
- n. the cry of an ass
Middle English braien, from Old French braire, from Vulgar Latin *bragere, of Celtic origin.
Middle English braien, from Old French breier, of Germanic origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French braire, from Vulgar Latin bragire, from Gaulish *bragu (compare Middle Irish braigid ("it crashes, explodes"), Breton breugiñ ("to bray"); akin to English break, Latin fragor ("crash"), frangere ("to break")). (Wiktionary)
From Old French breier (Modern French broyer). (Wiktionary)