Brook n. A natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek.
The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water. --Deut. viii. 7.
Empires itself, as doth an inland brook
Into the main of waters. --Shak.
Brook, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brooked p. pr. & vb. n. Brooking.]
1. To use; to enjoy. [Obs.]
2. To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young men can not brook restraint.
Shall we, who could not brook one lord,
Crouch to the wicked ten? --Macaulay.
3. To deserve; to earn. [Obs.]
n : a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a
tributary of a river); "the creek dried up every summer"
v : put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear
his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure
a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate
the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable
marriage" [syn: digest, endure, stick out, stomach,
bear, stand, tolerate, support, abide, suffer,
a torrent. (1.) Applied to small streams, as the Arnon, Jabbok,
etc. Isaiah (15:7) speaks of the "book of the willows," probably
the Wady-el-Asha. (2.) It is also applied to winter torrents
(Job 6:15; Num. 34:5; Josh. 15:4, 47), and to the torrent-bed or
wady as well as to the torrent itself (Num. 13:23; 1 Kings
17:3). (3.) In Isa. 19:7 the river Nile is meant, as rendered in
the Revised Version.