Brown a. [Compar. Browner superl. Brownest.] Of a dark color, of various shades between black and red or yellow.
Cheeks brown as the oak leaves. --Longfellow.
Brown Bess, the old regulation flintlock smoothbore musket, with bronzed barrel, formerly used in the British army.
Brown bread (a) Dark colored bread; esp. a kind made of unbolted wheat flour, sometimes called in the United States Graham bread. “He would mouth with a beggar though she smelt brown bread and garlic.” --Shak. (b) Dark colored bread made of rye meal and Indian meal, or of wheat and rye or Indian; rye and Indian bread. [U.S.]
Brown coal, wood coal. See Lignite.
Brown hematite or Brown iron ore Min., the hydrous iron oxide, limonite, which has a brown streak. See Limonite.
Brown holland. See under Holland.
Brown paper, dark colored paper, esp. coarse wrapping paper, made of unbleached materials.
Brown spar Min., a ferruginous variety of dolomite, in part identical with ankerite.
Brown stone. See Brownstone.
Brown stout, a strong kind of porter or malt liquor.
Brown study, a state of mental abstraction or serious reverie.
Brown, n. A dark color inclining to red or yellow, resulting from the mixture of red and black, or of red, black, and yellow; a tawny, dusky hue.
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.
Brown, v. i. To become brown.
adj : of a color similar to that of wood or earth [syn: brownish,
n 1: an orange of low brightness and saturation [syn: brownness]
2: Scottish botanist who first observed the movement of small
particles in fluids now known a Brownian motion
(1773-1858) [syn: Robert Brown]
3: abolitionist who was hanged after leading an unsuccessful
raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (1800-1858) [syn: John
4: a university in Rhode Island [syn: Brown University]
v : fry in a pan until it changes color; "brown the meat in the