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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The main impact or force, as of an attack.
  • n. The main burden: bore the brunt of the household chores.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The full adverse effects of; the chief consequences or negative results of a thing or event.
  • n. The major part of; the bulk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The heat, or utmost violence, of an onset; the strength or greatest fury of any contention.
  • n. The force of a blow; shock; collision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a sudden start.
  • A dialectal form of burnt.
  • n. A sudden shock or impetus; a collision, onset, or attack; a strenuous effort.
  • n. The heat or utmost violence of an onset; the strength or violence of any contention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. main force of a blow etc

Etymologies

Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse brundr/brundtið ("œstrus, rut") or bruna ("to rush"). (Wiktionary)

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