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
- 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.
- To make a sudden start.
- A dialectal form of burnt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. main force of a blow etc
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)