Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The main impact or force, as of an attack.
  • noun The main burden.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun main force of a blow etc

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

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From Old Norse brundr/brundtið ("œstrus, rut") or bruna ("to rush").

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  • Sionnach, would this qualify as one of your amber words?

    November 20, 2007