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Definitions of brain

  1. hit on the head
  2. that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord
  3. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; " his mind wandered"; " I couldn't get his words out of my head"
  4. mental ability; " he's got plenty of brains but no common sense"
  5. the brain of certain animals used as meat
  6. kill by smashing someone's skull
  7. The whitish mass of soft matter ( the center of the nervous system, and the seat of consciousness and volition) which is inclosed in the cartilaginous or bony cranium of vertebrate animals. It is simply the anterior termination of the spinal cord, and is developed from three embryonic vesicles, whose cavities are connected with the central canal of the cord; the cavities of the vesicles become the central cavities, or ventricles, and the walls thicken unequally and become the three segments, the fore-, mid-, and hind- brain.
  8. The anterior or cephalic ganglion in insects and other invertebrates.
  9. The organ or seat of intellect; hence, the understanding.
  10. The affections; fancy; imagination.
  11. To dash out the brains of; to kill by beating out the brains. Hence, Fig.: To destroy; to put an end to; to defeat.
  12. To conceive; to understand.
  13. The soft whitish mass of nerve tissue occupying the skull, forming the center of the nervous system; the seat of consciousness and will; hence, often in the plural, understanding; power of mind.
  14. To dash out the brains of.
  15. Cerebrum, the mass of nervous matter within the cranium.
  16. The mass of nervous matter contained in the skull: the seat of the intellect and of sensation: the intellect.
  17. The nervous matter in the skull; the intellect.
  18. To dash out the brains.
  19. That part of the central nervous system that is within the skull; hence, mind; intellect; often in the plural.
  20. The soft whitish mass enclosed in the skull, which is the centre of the nervous system and the seat of sensation, perception, consciousness, and will; the understanding; fancy; imagination.
  21. A soft whitish mass inclosed in the skull of man or animals, in which the spinal marrow and all the nerves terminate; the understanding; imagination.
  22. To kill by dashing out the brains.
  23. The centre of the nervous system; the mass of nervous matter in vertebrates at the anterior end of the spinal cord, lying in the skull; in invertebrates, the supraoesophageal or suprapharyngeal ganglia.
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Usage examples for brain

  1. The coming of Napoleon had a strange effect on the tutor's brain. – Napoleon's Young Neighbor by Helen Leah Reed
  2. The human brain does its best work, he says, when men are happy. – The So-called Human Race by Bert Leston Taylor
  3. The thought shot through her brain: " What am I doing here? – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  4. Even in that moment, Kate's whirling brain did Channing justice. – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  5. Say, what do you want to do- brain us?" – The Boy Scouts On The Range by Lieut. Howard Payson
  6. Besides, the connection between Biff's ears and his brain was never very good. – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
  7. Suddenly his dazed brain cleared. – Northern Diamonds by Frank Lillie Pollock
  8. I don't know whether it's water on the brain or what it is. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Flying-Rings-or-Making-the-Start-in-the-Sawdust-Life by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  9. If you only start his brain half- working it's worth a couple of normal ones under full head. – The Lash by Olin L. Lyman
  10. More brain, O Lord, more brain! – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. Her brain is second only to her heart! – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  12. His heart was soft, and his brain all that was wanted for his own purposes. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  13. The one thought in his miserable brain was his sister. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  14. " I have hands and a heart and a brain as good as Simone's. – The God of Love by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  15. I'm glad I have one pupil who knows how to use his brain. – Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School by Mabel C. Hawley
  16. The questions which had filled his brain for the last five days were answered now. – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  17. I don't want to suffer from brain- fag. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  18. The sun was right before him, but the letters were in the sun, and the sun in his brain. – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  19. Yes, those are called brain- stone or brain- coral. – The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  20. The sentence remained in his brain in lit letters. – Red Fleece by Will Levington Comfort
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