1. (Hindoo Myth.) The One First Cause; also, one of the triad of Hindoo gods. The triad consists of
Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver, and Siva, the Destroyer.
According to the Hindoo religious books, Brahma (with the final a short), or Brahm, is the Divine Essence,
the One First Cause, the All in All, while the personal gods, Brahmá Vishnu, and Siva, are emanations or
manifestations of Brahma the Divine Essence.
2. (Zoöl.) A valuable variety of large, domestic fowl, peculiar in having the comb divided lengthwise into
three parts, and the legs well feathered. There are two breeds, the dark or penciled, and the light;
called also Brahmapootra.
Brahman bull (Zoöl.), the male of a variety of the zebu, or Indian ox, considered sacred by the Hindoos.
(Brah"man Brah"min) n.; pl. Brahmans, Brahmins. [Skr. Brahmana (cf. Brahman worship,
holiness; the God Brahma, also Brahman): cf. F. Brahmane, Brachmane, Bramine, L. Brachmanae, -
manes, - mani, pl., Gr. pl.] A person of the highest or sacerdotal caste among the Hindoos.
(Brah"man*ess) n. A Brahmani.
(Brah"man*i) n. [Fem. of Brahman.] Any Brahman woman. [Written also Brahmanee.]
(Brah*man"ic -ic*al) Brahminic
(Brah*min"ic *ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to the Brahmans or
to their doctrines and worship.
(Brah"man*ism Brah"min*ism) n. The religion or system of doctrines of the Brahmans; the
religion of Brahma.
(Brah"man*ist Brah"min*ist) n. An adherent of the religion of the Brahmans.
(Brah"mo*ism) n. The religious system of Brahmo-somaj. Balfour.
(Brah`mo-so*maj") n. [Bengalese, a worshiping assembly.] A modern reforming theistic
sect among the Hindoos. [Written also Brama-samaj.]
(Braid) 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. bregða, 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
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
3. To reproach. [Obs.] See Upbraid. Shak.
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), n. [Cf.Icel. brega to move quickly.]