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

  • transitive v. To interweave three or more strands, strips, or lengths of in a diagonally overlapping pattern: braided the rags into a strong rope.
  • transitive v. To create (something) by such interweaving: braid a rug.
  • transitive v. To style (the hair) by such interweaving.
  • transitive v. To mingle (discrete elements, for example) as if by such interweaving: braided the ideas into a complex thesis.
  • transitive v. To decorate or edge (something) with a trim of interwoven strands: finished the jacket by braiding the collar and cuffs.
  • transitive v. To fasten or decorate (hair) with a band or ribbon.
  • intransitive v. To flow, twist, or wind as if interwoven: a stream braiding through the woods.
  • n. A braided segment or length, as of hair, fabric, or fiber.
  • n. Ornamental cord or ribbon, used especially for decorating or edging fabrics.
  • n. A ribbon or band used to fasten the hair.
  • n. Slang Naval officers of high rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. deceitful
  • v. (transitive) To make a sudden movement with, to jerk.
  • v. (intransitive) To start into motion.
  • v. To weave together, intertwine (strands of fibers, ribbons, etc.); to arrange (hair) in braids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deceitful.
  • n. A plait, band, or narrow fabric formed by intertwining or weaving together different strands.
  • n. A narrow fabric, as of wool, silk, or linen, used for binding, trimming, or ornamenting dresses, etc.
  • n. A quick motion; a start.
  • n. A fancy; freak; caprice.
  • intransitive v. To start; to awake.
  • transitive v. To weave, interlace, or entwine together, as three or more strands or threads; to form into a braid; to plait.
  • transitive v. To mingle, or to bring to a uniformly soft consistence, by beating, rubbing, or straining, as in some culinary operations.
  • transitive v. To reproach. [Obs.] See Upbraid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take, draw, pull, or snatch quickly; reach; throw; cast; brandish.
  • To weave by passing three or more strands, strips, or lines of over and under each other alternately; plait; interlace: as, to braid the hair, straw, tape, etc.
  • To form by braiding; interweave the material of in strands or strips: as, to braid a straw hat or a rug.
  • In domestic econ., to beat and blend, as soft substances, particularly to press them with a spoon through a sieve.
  • To upbraid; reproach.
  • To move quickly; start; rush.
  • To start suddenly (out of sleep); awake.
  • To nauseate; desire to vomit.
  • To be like; resemble in appearance or character.
  • Deceitful; crafty.
  • Broad.
  • n. A quick motion; a start.
  • n. A moment.
  • n. A turn (of work); a job.
  • n. A trick; deception.
  • n. Any plaited band or fillet. Specifically—
  • n. A wicker guard for protecting trees newly grafted.

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

  • v. make by braiding or interlacing
  • v. form or weave into a braid or braids
  • n. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
  • v. decorate with braids or ribbons
  • n. trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains


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

Middle English braiden, from Old English bregdan, to weave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English breġdan, from Proto-Germanic *bregdan. Cognate with Dutch breien.



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