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breeze

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English brese, from Old English brēosa, variant of Old English brimsa (gadfly), from Proto-Germanic *bremusī (gadfly), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerem- (to make a noise, buzz, hum). Cognate with Dutch brems (horsefly, warblefly), German Bremse (gadfly, horsefly), Danish bremse (gadfly, horsefly), Swedish broms (gadfly, horsefly). Related also to Middle English brimse (gadfly), Old English bremman (to rage, roar), Latin fremō (roar, snort, growl, grumble). See also bream.

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NounEdit

breeze (plural breezes)

  1. A gadfly; a horsefly.
  2. A strong-bodied dipterous insect of the family Tabanidae.

VerbEdit

breeze (third-person singular simple present breezes, present participle breezing, simple past and past participle breezed)

  1. (intransitive) To buzz.

Etymology 2Edit

Attested since 1555, from the earlier (nautical) term brise, brize (breeze). Variously supposed to derive from a Germanic source like Dutch bries (breeze), or from Spanish brisa (northeast wind);[1][2] compare French brize, Italian brezza. Possibly ultimately from the same Indo-European source as Albanian breshër (hail).

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NounEdit

breeze (plural breezes)

  1. A light, gentle wind.
    The breeze rustled the papers on her desk.
    • William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
      Into a gradual calm the breezes sink.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter V, The Younger Set:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. Any activity that is easy, not testing or difficult.
    After studying Latin, Spanish was a breeze.
  3. (cricket) Wind blowing across a cricket match, whatever its strength.
  4. Ashes and residue of coal or charcoal, usually from a furnace. See Wikipedia article on Clinker.
  5. An excited or ruffled state of feeling; a flurry of excitement; a disturbance; a quarrel.
    The discovery produced a breeze.
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VerbEdit

breeze (third-person singular simple present breezes, present participle breezing, simple past and past participle breezed)

  1. (usually with along) To move casually, in a carefree manner.
  2. (weather) To blow gently.
  3. To take a horse under a light run in order to understand the running characteristics of the horse and to observe it while under motion.
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ breeze” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ breeze” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online

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