Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A borough.
  • n. A fortified place. Compare brough.
  • n. An ancient circular building or round tower such as exist in Scotland and the adjacent islands.
  • n. An encampment of a circular form; a ring fort. Also called Pecht's [Pict's] house or Pecht's castle.
  • n. In the game of curling, one of the two circles drawn around the tee.
  • n. A hazy circle around the sun or moon, considered as a presage of a change of weather.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of brow.

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  • I suppose that one use of brough is to reduce the character count of a tweet.

    April 17, 2012

  • Longfellow alluded to the brough in The Wreck of the Hesperus: Last night the moon had a golden ring and tonight no moon we see. That line constitutes the whole raison d'être of the poem.

    April 17, 2012

  • "n. A hazy circle around the sun or moon, considered as a presage of a change of weather."

    --CD&C

    April 16, 2012