brain

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A human brain

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English brain, from Old English bræġen ‎(brain), from Proto-Germanic *bragną ‎(brain), from Proto-Indo-European *mreghmno-, *mreghmo- ‎(skull, brain), from Proto-Indo-European *mreK- ‎(marrow, sinciput). Cognate with Scots braine, brane ‎(brain), North Frisian brayen, brein ‎(brain), Saterland Frisian Brainge ‎(brain), West Frisian brein ‎(brain), Dutch brein ‎(brain), Low German Brägen, Bregen ‎(brain) (whence German Bregen ‎(animal brain)), Ancient Greek βρεχμός ‎(brekhmós, front part of the skull, top of the head).

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brain ‎(plural brains)

  1. The control center of the central nervous system of an animal located in the skull which is responsible for perception, cognition, attention, memory, emotion, and action.
    • 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34: 
      Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
  2. (informal) An intelligent person.
    He was a total brain.
  3. (Britain, plural only) A person who provides the intelligence required for something.
    He is the brains behind the scheme.
  4. (in the plural) Intellect.
    • 2008 Quaker Action (magazine) Rights trampled in rush to deport immigrant workers, Fall 2008, Vol. 89, No. 3, p. 8:
      "We provided a lot of brains and a lot of heart to the response when it was needed," says Sandra Sanchez, director of AFSC's Immigrants' Voice Program in Des Moines.
    He has a lot of brains.
  5. By analogy with a human brain, the part of a machine or computer that performs calculations.
    The computer's brain is capable of millions of calculations a second.
  6. (slang, vulgar) oral sex
    • 2012, Mack Maine featuring Turk and Mystikal, I'm On It
      You said I got brain from your dame in the range
      In the passing lane
      But you really ain't got no proof

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brain ‎(third-person singular simple present brains, present participle braining, simple past and past participle brained)

  1. (transitive) To dash out the brains of; to kill by smashing the skull.
  2. (transitive, slang) To strike (someone) on the head.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To destroy; to put an end to.
    • Shakespeare
      There thou mayst brain him.
    • Shakespeare
      It was the swift celerity of the death [] That brained my purpose.
  4. (transitive) To conceive in the mind; to understand.
    • Shakespeare
      'Tis still a dream, or else such stuff as madmen / Tongue, and brain not.

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Noun[edit]

brain

  1. vocative singular of bran
  2. genitive singular of bran
  3. nominative plural of bran
  4. dative plural of bran

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
brain bhrain mbrain
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Welsh[edit]

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brain

  1. plural of brân

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
brain frain mrain unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.