Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Brew \Brew\ (br[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brewed (br[udd]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Brewing.] [OE. brewen, AS. bre['o]wan; akin to D. brouwen, OHG. priuwan, MHG. briuwen, br[=u]wen, G. brauen, Icel. brugga, Sw. brygga, Dan. brygge, and perh. to L. defrutum must boiled down, Gr. bry^ton (for fry^ton?) a kind of beer. The original meaning seems to have been to prepare by heat. [root]93. Cf. Broth, Bread.]
To boil or seethe; to cook. [Obs.]
To prepare, as beer or other liquor, from malt and hops, or from other materials, by steeping, boiling, and fermentation. ``She brews good ale.''
To prepare by steeping and mingling; to concoct.
Go, brew me a pottle of sack finely.
To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to concoct; to hatch; as, to brew mischief.
Hence with thy brewed enchantments, foul deceiver!
Brew \Brew\, v. i.
To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour.
To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering; as, a storm brews in the west.
There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest.
Brew \Brew\, n.
The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed.
Brew may refer to:
Brew (foaled 1994 in New Zealand) is a small, plain bay Thoroughbred gelding who won the 2000 Melbourne Cup for trainer Mike Moroney and jockey Kerrin McEvoy. He carried the lightweight of 49.5 kilos and defeated the veteran Yippyio and the stablemate Second Coming. After finishing second to Yippyio in the Moonee Valley Cup, Brew qualified for the Melbourne Cup by winning The Dalgety on Derby Day, three days before the Cup. Brew was a son of the Sir Tristram and the champion New Zealand racemare and Japan Cup winner Horlicks but was gelded before showing his best form. The Melbourne Cup was Brew's last win.
Brew is now at Living Legends, the International Home of Rest for Champion Horses located in Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale, Victoria, Australia1.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English breowan "to brew" (class II strong verb, past tense breaw, past participle browen), from Proto-Germanic *breuwan "to brew" (cognates: Old Norse brugga, Old Frisian briuwa, Middle Dutch brouwen, Old High German briuwan, German brauen "to brew"), from PIE root *bhreuə- "to bubble, boil, effervesce" (cognates: Sanskrit bhurnih "violent, passionate," Greek phrear "well, spring, cistern," Latin fervere "to boil, foam," Thracian Greek brytos "fermented liquor made from barley," Russian bruja "current," Old Irish bruth "heat;" Old English beorma "yeast;" Old High German brato "roast meat"), the original sense thus being "make a drink by boiling." Related: Brewed; brewing.
c.1500, "a brewed beverage," from brew (v.).
n. 1 The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed; a brewage. 2 (context slang English) A beer. 3 (context British NZ English) A cup of te
4 (context British NZ English) The act of making a cup of tea. 5 (context British informal English) A hill. v
1 (context transitive English) To prepare (usually a beverage) by steeping and mingle; to concoct. 2 (context transitive English) To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to hatch. 3 (context intransitive English) To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer. 4 (context intransitive English) To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering.
n. drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling [syn: brewage]
v. prepare by brewing; "people have been brewing beer for thousands of years"
sit or let sit in boiling water so as to extract the flavor; "the tea is brewing"
Usage examples of "brew".
The bartender glanced across the room at Muftak, muttered something under his breath, then grudgingly took the glass and refilled it with the ruby brew.
The air smelled of musky damp fur and baked scales, of nic-i-tain smoke, of space suits that had not been decontaminated in months, and of intoxicants from dozens of different worlds, Reegesk stepped to the bar, ordered a cup of Rydan brew from Wuher the bartender, and scanned the room for a likely customer.
And they teach the serpents there to entwine themselves up on long sticks out of the ground and of the scales of these serpents they brew out a brewage like to mead.
Of these one firm, namely, Messrs Guinness, owning the largest brewery in the world, brewed upwards of two million barrels, paying a sum of, roughly, one million sterling to the revenue.
The light beers in vogue to-day are less alcoholic, more lightly hopped, and more quickly brewed than the beers of the last generation, and in this respect are somewhat less stable and more likely to deteriorate than the latter were.
Mashing is, without a doubt, the most important of the brewing processes, for it is largely in the mash-tun that the character of the beer to be brewed is determined.
The sea-freshened air brought with it the fragrance of jasmine which bloomed alongside the veranda, mingled with the tantalizing aroma of hot, glazed meats, bread, brewed coffee, and tangy fresh fruits that graced the table for the morning meal and presented to Captain Beauchamp as he paused in the doorway a most heavenly scent after long months of sea fare.
The door slammed behind the obese man, and Dora scurried to fetch what Ruark had requested, setting out fruits, bread, and meats, while she brewed a pot of strong tea.
If there was trouble to be brewed, he was the master brewer, and he would see this mixture to its best fermentation.
For a bone-dry planet, Tatooine sure brewed some of the best beverages in the galaxy-expensive, but very tasty.
I got up and went to help Kennie repair the union, while Tom brewed a billy of tea over the fire.
Hule, and he felt a great need for the companionship of people of his own kind with whom he could be completely open, so he made his way directly through the forest to the more or less permanent encampment of a Hulish man named Nabjor who brewed good mead and sold it at a fair price.
He eventually came to the narrow crevice between two large standing boulders where Nabjor had brewed his mead.
Aejys crossed the room to her private liquor cabinet and took out her last two bottles of a rare Faery brewed wine, the best vintage she owned.
This tendency to centralize brewing operations became more and more marked with each succeeding decade.