from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To utter the loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
- intransitive v. To sound loudly and harshly: The foghorn brayed all night.
- transitive v. To emit (an utterance or a sound) loudly and harshly.
- n. The loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
- n. A sound resembling that of a donkey: "an endless bray of pointless jocosity” ( Louis Auchincloss).
- transitive v. To crush and pound to a fine consistency, as in a mortar.
- transitive v. To spread (ink) thinly over a surface.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Of a donkey, to make its cry.
- v. Of a camel, to make its cry
- n. The cry of an ass or donkey.
- n. The cry of a camel
- v. To crush or pound, especially with a mortar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or discordant sound.
- n. A bank; the slope of a hill; a hill. See brae, which is now the usual spelling.
- intransitive v. To utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass.
- intransitive v. To make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.
- transitive v. To pound, beat, rub, or grind small or fine.
- transitive v. To make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and grating sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pound or beat thoroughly, as with a pestle or other instrument; triturate, crush, mix, etc., by beating or any analogous action: as to bray drugs; to bray printers' ink. See brayer.
- To utter a loud and harsh cry: with reference now especially to the ass, but formerly also to the bull, deer, and other animals, as well as to man.
- Hence To make a loud, harsh, disagreeable sound.
- To utter with a loud, harsh sound, like the ass.
- In cloth-finishing, to pound (woolen cloth) in a soapy scouring-liquor: same as full. See full and fulling.
- n. A harsh cry, especially that of an ass; hence, any similar harsh or grating sound.
- n. A bank or mound of earth used in fortification; a breastwork; a bulwark; specifically, a wall or other work in advance of and covering the gate of a fortress.
- n. A piece of sloping ground; an acclivity or declivity.
- n. A clout for a young child. Kersey, 1708.
- n. In heraldry: Barnacles or twitchers for subduring a horse: used as a bearing.
- n. [Perhaps a corruption of brake, break.] A bearing similar to the preceding in form, representing a tool used for breaking hemp: sometimes called a hempbray, hemp-brake, or hackle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. braying characteristic of donkeys
- v. laugh loudly and harshly
- v. reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
- n. the cry of an ass
The bray is a way to bond and a way to communicate with the other penguins.
He proceeded to blow into it, but failed to produce anything more huntsman-like than a kind of bray such as might be uttered by a jackass suffering from a sore-throat.
It started with a kind of bray, then turned into a snorting sound, infecting everyone around her with laughter, he said.
It is well indeed that our churches, sadly given over to the laxity and carelessness of a bygone age, should be renovated and beautified, the tone of the services raised, and the "bray" of the old clerks, unsuited to the devotional feelings of a more enlightened day, silenced, but still a shade of regret will be mingled with their dismissal, if only for the sake of the large stock of amusing anecdotes which their names recall.
"bray," and that reminded me of a story, and instead of having my thoughts and my heart set upon his beautiful prayer as I should have
I wonder what the effect would be if we took him literally and did all 'bray'? "
I was squatting on my hams over the litter -- seven sturdy, blind little beggars -- when from behind came a bray of trumpets and crash of brass.
Let all the howling idiots -- who are really just as wussified as the rest of your colleagues -- have their three-day bray.
When a happy, more well-adjusted award winner would inquire what I was referring to, I would bray while holding up my golden statue: This.
But Republicans continue to bray on about the need to cut taxes, cut spending and cut regulation as if it were not as plain as the nose on your face that these proposals have proven themselves utter failures.