Brown, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Browned p. pr. & vb. n. Browning.]
1. To make brown or dusky.
A trembling twilight o'er welkin moves,
Browns the dim void and darkens deep the groves. --Barlow.
2. To make brown by scorching slightly; as, to brown meat or flour.
3. To give a bright brown color to, as to gun barrels, by forming a thin coat of oxide on their surface.
1. The act or operation of giving a brown color, as to gun barrels, etc.
2. Masonry A smooth coat of brown mortar, usually the second coat, and the preparation for the finishing coat of plaster.
n 1: United States inventor of firearms (especially automatic
pistols and repeating rifles and a machine gun called
the Peacemaker) (1855-1926) [syn: John M. Browning, John
2: English poet and husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning noted
for his dramatic monologues (1812-1889) [syn: Robert
3: English poet best remembered for love sonnets written to her
husband Robert Browning (1806-1861) [syn: Elizabeth
4: cooking to a brown crispiness over a fire or on a grill;
"proper toasting should brown both sides of a piece of
bread" [syn: toasting]