Bray

Definition of Bray

Pronunciation: brā
v. t.1.To pound, beat, rub, or grind small or fine.
[imp. & p. p. Brayed (brād); p. pr. & vb. n. Braying.]
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar, . . . yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
- Prov. xxvii. 22.
v. i.1.
1.To utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass.
Laugh, and they
Return it louder than an ass can bray.
- Dryden.
2.To make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.
Heard ye the din of battle bray?
- Gray.
v. t.1.To make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and grating sound.
And varying notes the war pipes brayed.
- Sir W. Scott.
n.1.The harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or discordant sound.
The bray and roar of multitudinous London.
- Jerrold.
1.A bank; the slope of a hill; a hill. See Brae, which is now the usual spelling.

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