Brussels wire ground, a ground for lace, made of silk, with meshes partly straight and partly arched.

(Brus"tle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Brustled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Brustling ] [OE. brustlien and brastlien, AS. brastlian, fr. berstan to burst, akin to G. prasseln to crackle. See Burst, v. i.]

1. To crackle; to rustle, as a silk garment. [Obs.] Gower.

2. To make a show of fierceness or defiance; to bristle. [Obs.]

To brustle up, to bristle up. [Obs.] Otway.

(Brus"tle), n. A bristle. [Obs. or Prov.] Chaucer.

(Brut) v. i. [F. brouter, OF. brouster. See Browse, n.] To browse. [Obs.] Evelyn.

(Brut), n. (Zoöl.) See Birt.

(||Bru"ta) n. [NL., neuter pl., fr. L. brutus heavy, stupid.] (Zoöl.) See Edentata.

(Bru"tal) a. [Cf. F. brutal. See Brute, a.]

1. Of or pertaining to a brute; as, brutal nature. "Above the rest of brutal kind." Milton.

2. Like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; brutish; unfeeling; merciless; gross; as, brutal manners. "Brutal intemperance." Macaulay.

(Bru"tal*ism) n. Brutish quality; brutality.

(Bru*tal"i*ty) n.; pl. Brutalities [Cf. F. brutalité.]

1. The quality of being brutal; inhumanity; savageness; pitilessness.

2. An inhuman act.

The . . . brutalities exercised in war.

(Bru`tal*i*za"tion) n. The act or process of making brutal; state of being brutalized.

(Bru"tal*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brutalized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Brutalizing.] [Cf. F. brutaliser.] To make brutal; beasty; unfeeling; or inhuman.

(Bru"tal*ize), v. i. To become brutal, inhuman, barbarous, or coarse and beasty. [R.]

He mixed . . . with his countrymen, brutalized with them in their habits and manners.

(Bru"tal*ly), adv. In a brutal manner; cruelly.

(Brute) a. [F. brut, nasc., brute, fem., raw, rough, rude, brutish, L. brutus stupid, irrational: cf. It. & Sp. bruto.]

1. Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious; without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the brute powers of nature.

2. Not possessing reason, irrational; unthinking; as, a brute beast; the brute creation.

A creature . . . not prone
And brute as other creatures, but endued
With sanctity of reason.

diameter; the thousand-headed cabbage.

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