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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The sun, brilliant after the early fog, glinted on gold braid and polished shakos.
▪ For more than two years Fields had been basically one of the boys, with gold braid.
▪ I don't carry a lot of weight now, in spite of all my gold braid.
▪ Even from here she could see the glint of gold braid.
▪ a blue jacket with gold braid
▪ A little girl with wiry braids kicks a bottle cap at his shoes.
▪ A worn braid feels rough and is best cut away and the line joined by a blood knot.
▪ But ribbons are not only ideal for wrapping presents - household furnishings can be instantly revived with rich braids.
▪ Edusha, braid me a couple of braids.
▪ He smiles a satisfied smile and takes his long fingers and grazes them softly over my braids.
▪ He took his key from the floor clerk, who wore her hair in braids.
▪ The Cord Maker comes complete with an explanatory instruction leaflet, containing suggestions for using the finished braids and cords.
▪ Use lining fabrics for economy, trimmed with pattern border or edged with braid.
▪ The men are fully bearded and the women have long, braided hair.
▪ What did it, I think, was how she unwound her braided black hair and re-wrapped it over her forehead.
▪ She was in riding dress, and had braided her hair.
▪ Manshin Anjima stretched her arms above her head, then began to braid her sparse hair.
▪ Might have skipped rope with her, or let her braid my hair, or told her my dreams!
▪ She grumbled on as she braided her kinky black hair into dozens of tiny braids.
▪ I also kept their clothes and bedding clean, combed and braided their hair, served them their meals.
▪ I would sing to the women as I braided their hair or walked by their compartments to check their pots.
▪ Edusha, braid me a couple of braids.
▪ In the cavernous opening where the rails braided into two lines, the outer dark was spotlit.
▪ It took an hour and a half to braid properly.
▪ She was in riding dress, and had braided her hair.
▪ The horse was immaculate, mane braided, tack buffed to perfection.
▪ Their hair is drawn back severely from their faces and braided.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Braid \Braid\ v. i. To start; to awake. [Obs.]


Braid \Braid\, a. [AS. br[ae]d, bred, deceit; akin to Icel. brag[eth] trick, AS. bredan, bregdan, to braid, knit, (hence) to knit a net, to draw into a net, i. e., to deceive. See Braid, v. t.] Deceitful. [Obs.]

Since Frenchmen are so braid, Marry that will, I live and die a maid.


Braid \Braid\ (br[=a]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Braided; p. pr. & vb. n. Braiding.] [OE. braiden, breiden, to pull, reach, braid, AS. bregdan to move to and fro, to weave; akin. to Icel. breg[eth]a, D. breiden to knit, OS. bregdan to weave, OHG. brettan to brandish. Cf. Broid.]

  1. To weave, interlace, or entwine together, as three or more strands or threads; to form into a braid; to plait.

    Braid your locks with rosy twine.

  2. To mingle, or to bring to a uniformly soft consistence, by beating, rubbing, or straining, as in some culinary operations.

  3. To reproach. [Obs.] See Upbraid.


Braid \Braid\, n.

  1. A plait, band, or narrow fabric formed by intertwining or weaving together different strands.

    A braid of hair composed of two different colors twined together.

  2. A narrow fabric, as of wool, silk, or linen, used for binding, trimming, or ornamenting dresses, etc.


Braid \Braid\, n. [Cf.Icel. breg?a to move quickly.]

  1. A quick motion; a start. [Obs.]

  2. A fancy; freak; caprice. [Obs.]
    --R. Hyrde.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

in part from stem found in Old English gebrægd "craft, fraud," gebregd "commotion," Old Norse bragð "deed, trick," and in part from or influenced by related braid (v.). Earliest senses are "a deceit, stratagem, trick" (c.1200), "sudden or quick movement" (c.1300); meaning "anything plaited or entwined" (especially hair) is from 1520s.


"to plait, knit, weave, twist together," c.1200, breidan, from Old English bregdan "to move quickly, pull, shake, swing, throw (in wrestling), draw (a sword); bend, weave, knit, join together; change color, vary; scheme, feign, pretend" (class III strong verb, past tense brægd, past participle brogden), from Proto-Germanic *bregthan "make sudden jerky movements from side to side" (compare Old Norse bregða "to brandish, turn about, braid;" Old Saxon bregdan "to weave;" Dutch breien "to knit;" Old High German brettan "to draw, weave, braid"), from PIE root *bherek- "to gleam, flash" (compare Sanskrit bhrasate "flames, blazes, shines"). In English the verb survives only in the narrow definition of "plait hair." Related: Braided; braiding.


Etymology 1 alt. 1 (context obsolete transitive English) To make a sudden movement with, to jerk. 2 (context archaic intransitive English) To start into motion. 3 (context transitive English) To weave together, intertwine (strands of fibers, ribbons, etc.); to arrange (hair) in braids. 4 To mix, or make uniformly soft, by beating, rubbing, or straining, as in preparing food. 5 (context obsolete English) To reproach; to upbraid. n. 1 (context obsolete English) A sudden movement; a jerk, a wrench. (11th-17thc.) 2 A weave of three or more strands of fibers, ribbons, cords or hair often for decoration. (from 16thc.) 3 A fancy; freak; caprice. vb. 1 (context obsolete transitive English) To make a sudden movement with, to jerk. 2 (context archaic intransitive English) To start into motion. 3 (context transitive English) To weave together, intertwine (strands of fibers, ribbons, etc.); to arrange (hair) in braids. 4 To mix, or make uniformly soft, by beating, rubbing, or straining, as in preparing food. 5 (context obsolete English) To reproach; to upbraid. Etymology 2

  1. (context obsolete English) deceitful

  1. n. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair [syn: plait, tress, twist]

  2. trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains [syn: gold braid, braiding]

  3. v. make by braiding or interlacing; "lace a tablecloth" [syn: lace, plait]

  4. decorate with braids or ribbons; "braid a collar"

  5. form or weave into a braid or braids; "braid hair" [syn: pleach] [ant: unbraid]

Braid (surname)

Braid is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Daniel Braid (born 1981), New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • David Braid (musician) (born 1975), Canadian jazz pianist and composer
  • Hilda Braid (1929–2007), English actress
  • James Braid (golfer) (1870–1950), Scottish professional golfer
  • James Braid (surgeon) (1795–1860), Scottish neurosurgeon and pioneer of hypnotism
  • Kate Braid (born 1947), Canadian poet
Braid (disambiguation)

A braid is an interweaving of flexible strands of hair, wire, etc.

Braid(s) may also refer to:


A braid (also referred to as a plait) is a complex structure or pattern formed by interlacing three or more strands of flexible material such as textile yarns, wire, or hair. Compared with the process of weaving, which usually involves two separate, perpendicular groups of strands ( warp and weft), a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others. The most common braid is a flat, solid, three-stranded structure. More complex braids can be constructed from an arbitrary number of strands to create a wider range of structures. Braids have been made for thousands of years in many different cultures, and for a variety of uses. Traditionally, the materials used in braids have depended on the indigenous plants and animals available in the local area.

When the Industrial Revolution arrived, mechanized braiding equipment was invented to increase production. The braiding technique was used to make robes, with both natural and synthetic fibers, and coaxial cables for radios using copper wire. In more recent times it has been used to create a covering for fuel pipes in jet aircraft and ships, first using glass fibre, then stainless steel and Kevlar. Pipes for domestic plumbing are often covered with stainless steel braid.

Braid (band)

Braid is an American emo/ post-hardcore band from Champaign, Illinois, formed in 1993.

Following several early line-up changes, the band eventually settled on Bob Nanna on guitar and vocals, Todd Bell on bass, Chris Broach on guitar and vocals, and Roy Ewing on drums until he was replaced in 1997 by new drummer Damon Atkinson.

In 1998 the group released their third album, Frame & Canvas, to critical acclaim and is considered a staple of the late 90's emo movement. Despite Frame & Canvas's success, Braid disbanded in 1999. Nanna, Bell, and Atkinson formed pop-rock band Hey Mercedes, while Broach would dedicate more time to The Firebird Band which was previously a side project.

The band reunited shortly from June to August 2004, before disbanding again. In 2011, Braid reunited permanently, playing their 600th show and releasing a new album, No Coast.

Braid (video game)

Braid is a platform and puzzle video game developed by Number None, Inc. The game was originally released in August 2008 for the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade service. Ports were developed and released for Microsoft Windows in April 2009, OS X in May 2009, PlayStation 3 in November 2009, and Linux in December 2010.

The basic story elements unfold as the protagonist, Tim, attempts to rescue a princess from a monster. Text passages laid throughout the game reveal a multifaceted narrative, giving clues about Tim's contemplations and motivations. The game features traditional aspects of the platform genre while integrating various powers of time-manipulation. Using these abilities, the player progresses by finding and assembling jigsaw puzzle pieces.

Jonathan Blow designed the game as a personal critique of contemporary trends in game development. He funded the three-year project with his own money. Webcomic artist David Hellman drew the artwork, which underwent several iterations until it satisfied Blow's vision. A preliminary version of Braid without the final artwork won the "Innovation in Game Design" award at the 2006 Independent Games Festival; the final version received additional accolades. The game received highly positive reviews from critics, eventually becoming the highest critically rated title on Xbox Live. Some reviewers, however, criticized the game's price relative to its length.

Braid was seen as a keystone title in the growth of indie game development since its 2008 release, and Jonathan Blow and its production were documented in the 2012 film, Indie Game: The Movie. The game, as of 2015, had total revenue nearing $6 million, which Blow used to fund his next game, The Witness.

Usage examples of "braid".

Jordan decided we really needed a SR anthology and he wanted to make it into a braided novel.

The ways of Barding are many, but all are important in the life of this land, and all meet in singing, which braids together the different knowings into a wide and subtle music, the music of living.

Lady Fatima for the occasion, included a short blouse and pantaloons of emerald silk covered by a barracan of softest mint green edged with gold braiding.

The riders wore horn-mail over dun uniforms, slit to mid-spine, braided manes flying.

Now, to me, none of the troopers looked clean, and they oiled their braided manes with a pungent oil.

Most had manes braided down the spine but pulled up into a cascading horsetail on the crown of the head.

It was more noticeable in Shiriya-Shenin: their slit robes, curved pairs of blades and manes braided with ceramic beads, their habit of going barefoot on tessellated stone floors.

While the Gel daThae men wore their hair in braided manes, the women shaved every bit of theirs.

And ten-year-old Marga with those braids and that face that rose like a fat full moon, what gave her the right to look upon Oskar as a dummy to be dressed, combed, brushed, adjusted, and lectured at by the hour?

While Merlion and Embeth had both dressed their hair on top of their heads, Faraday had left hers in the long braid, wispy tendrils brushing her cheeks.

They wear their Northernness like a flag, flaunt their braided hair and their barbaric customs, shout out incomprehensible Northern slogans in City Sessions.

She tucked her single braid down under her overfur and pulled up the hood.

His braided and pinked peascod doublet set off his slender waist to advantage, but gave him a slightly effeminate look.

Cathcart watched the boy put down the book and stand, candle-glow irradiating like a phasm from the smooth coils of his braid.

You saw it all the time here, every minute of the day, checking out the competition: What was a girl wearing, how many piercings, real gold or plate, too much glitter, were her braids phat or coming loose, was she draped or wearing a simple hoop or two, are those real extensions or fake?