from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sulfur.
- n. Damnation to hell.
- n. Fiery or passionate rhetoric: "the great American evangelist of Yankee bargain-hunting, converting us . . . with the brimstone of his secular preaching” ( Rushworth M. Kidder).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Composed of or resembling brimstone; about or pertaining to Hell.
- n. Sulphur.
- n. The sulphur of Hell; Hell, damnation.
- n. Used attributively as an intensifier in exclamations.
- n. The butterfly Gonepteryx rhamni of the Pieridae family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sulphur; See sulphur.
- adj. Made of, or pertaining to, brimstone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sulphur; specifically, sulphur in a concrete or solidified state, or reduced from that state: as, roll-brimstone; fluid brimstone.
- n. The brimstone butterfly.
- Of, pertaining to, or made of brimstone: as, brimstone matches.
- Sulphur-yellow in color; resembling brimstone or sulphur in color; bright-yellow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an old name for sulfur
Middle English brimston, from Old English brynstān; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English brimston, bremston, corrupted forms of brinston, brenston, bernston, from Old English brynstān ("brimstone", literally "burn-stone"), equivalent to brian + stone, or burn + stone. Cognate with Scots brunstane ("brimstone"), Icelandic brennisteinn ("sulfur, brimstone"), German Bernstein ("amber"). Compare also brimfire. More at burn, stone. (Wiktionary)