Brain Brain (br[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brained} (br[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Braining}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To dash out the brains of; to kill by beating out the brains. Hence, Fig.: To destroy; to put an end to; to defeat. [1913 Webster]

There thou mayst brain him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

It was the swift celerity of the death . . . That brained my purpose. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To conceive; to understand. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

'T is still a dream, or else such stuff as madmen Tongue, and brain not. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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