from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly Northeastern U.S. See creek. See Regional Note at run.
- transitive v. To put up with; tolerate: We will brook no further argument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
- v. To earn; deserve.
- v. To bear; endure; support; put up with; tolerate (usually used in the negative, with an abstract noun as object).
- n. a body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.
- n. a water meadow.
- n. low, marshy ground.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek.
- transitive v. To use; to enjoy.
- transitive v. To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate.
- transitive v. To deserve; to earn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A natural stream of water, too small to be called a river.
- To draw together and threaten rain: said of the clouds: with up.
- To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
- . To earn; deserve.
- To bear; endure; support; put up with: always in a negative sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
- n. a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)
"Off on pressing business," cried the sanguine youth, as he dashed through the kitchen, frightening Alice, and throwing Toozle into convulsions of delight, -- "horribly important business, that 'won't brook delay;' but what _brook_ means is more than I can guess."
"Off on pressing business," cried the sanguine youth, as he dashed through the kitchen, frightening Alice, and throwing Toozle into convulsions of delight -- "horribly important business that ` won't brook delay; 'but what _brook_ means is more than I can guess."
They must go straight over it, till they come to cleared land on the other side; then they must keep along by the edge of the wood, to the right, till they come to the brook; they must _cross the brook_, and follow up the opposite bank, and they'll know the ground when they come to it; or they don't deserve to.
The sound of the mountain brook gives an illusion of rain drops,
This rain, falling on land five, ten, a hundred, a thousand, or ten thousand feet above the sea level, begins to run back to the sea, picking out the easiest road and cutting a channel that we call a brook, a stream, or a river.
Here, Sam – just bend on this hook for me, while I see how the brook is further up.
"No one cares for me, though I think the brook is sometimes sorry, and tries to tell me things."
As the dried-up brook is to the caravan, so are ye to me, namely, a nothing; ye might as well not be in existence [Umbreit].
The word brook was probably lost in the first generation.
He is the only Indian in the country, who ever dared to chastise a white man, in his own camp; and had not the partisans of the hunter interfered, his soul at that time would have taken its flight to eternity; for the high spirited trapper could not brook from the haughty