meaning of bray

bray meaning in General Dictionary

A bank the pitch of a hill a hill See Brae that is now the usual spelling

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  • The harsh cry of an ass also any harsh grating or discordant sound
  • which will make or utter with a loud discordant or harsh and grating sound
  • To pound beat rub or grind small or fine
  • braying attribute of donkeys
  • decrease to little pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
  • the weep of an ass
  • laugh loudly and harshly
  • To pound, beat, scrub, or work tiny or good.
  • To utter a loud, harsh weep, as an ass.
  • In order to make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.
  • to produce or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and grating noise.
  • The harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or discordant sound.
  • A bank; the pitch of a hill; a hill. See Brae, which is now the usual spelling.

bray meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French braire "to cry," from Gallo-Roman *bragire "to cry on," maybe from a Celtic source (compare Gaelic braigh "to shriek, crackle"), most likely imitative. Related: Brayed; braying.

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  • c.1300, from bray (v.).

bray meaning in Veterinary Dictionary

The expression familiar with describe the way in which a donkey or mule cries; the expression accustomed describe the sound which they make.


bray meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To pound, defeat, rub, or work tiny or good.

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  • (v. i.) To utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass.
  • (v. i.) To make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.
  • (v. t.) To help make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and grating noise.
  • (n.) The harsh weep of an ass; in addition, any harsh, grating, or discordant sound.

Sentence Examples with the word bray

The radial or fan-shaped markings known as Oldhamia were first detected in this series, but are now known from Cambrian beds in otter countries; in default of other satisfactory fossils, the series of Bray and Howth has long been held to be Cambrian.

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