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Webster 1913 Edition


Bread

Bread

(brĕd)
,
Verb.
T.
[AS.
brædan
to make broad, to spread. See
Broad
,
Adj.
]
To spread.
[Obs.]
Ray.

Bread

(brĕd)
,
Noun.
[AS.
breád
; akin to OFries.
brād
, OS.
brōd
, D.
brood
, G.
brod
,
brot
, Icel.
brauð
, Sw. & Dan.
bröd
. The root is probably that of E.
brew
. √93. See
Brew
.]
1.
An article of food made from flour or meal by moistening, kneading, and baking.
Raised bread
is made with yeast, salt, and sometimes a little butter or lard, and is mixed with warm milk or water to form the dough, which, after kneading, is given time to rise before baking. –
Cream of tartar bread
is raised by the action of an alkaline carbonate or bicarbonate (as saleratus or ammonium bicarbonate) and cream of tartar (acid tartrate of potassium) or some acid. –
Unleavened bread
is usually mixed with water and salt only.
Aërated bread
.
See under
Aërated
.
Bread and butter
(fig.)
,
means of living.
Brown bread
,
Indian bread
,
Graham bread
,
Rye and Indian bread
.
See
Brown bread
, under
Brown
.
Bread tree
.
2.
Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
Give us this day our daily
bread
.
Matt. vi. 11

Bread

,
Verb.
T.
(Cookery)
To cover with bread crumbs, preparatory to cooking;
as,
breaded
cutlets
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Bread

BREAD

,
Noun.
bred. [Gr. anything esculent. If the word signifies food in general, or that which is eaten, probably it is the Heb. and Ch., from barah, to eat or feed.]
1.
A mass of dough, made by moistening and kneading the flour or meal of some species of grain, and baked in an oven, or pan.
2.
Food in general.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
Gen.3.
Give us this day our daily bread. Lord's Prayer.
3.
Support of like in general; maintenance.
Is the reward of virtue, bread?
Bee-bread. [See Bee.]
Ship-bread, bread for ships; hard biscuits.
Cassada-bread. [See Cassada.]

BREAD

,
Verb.
T.
To spread. [Not used.]

Definition 2022


bread

bread

English

Two loaves of bread (1).

Wikibooks

Noun

bread (countable and uncountable, plural breads)

  1. (uncountable) A foodstuff made by baking dough made from cereals.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Philander went into the next room [] and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.
    • 1981, Shel Silverstein, “How Many, How Much”, A Light in the Attic, Harper & Row:
      How many slices in a[sic]bread? / Depends how thin you cut it.
  2. (countable) Any variety of bread.
  3. (slang) Money.
  4. Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
    • Bible, Matthew vi. 11
      Give us this day our daily bread.
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Verb

bread (third-person singular simple present breads, present participle breading, simple past and past participle breaded)

  1. (transitive) to coat with breadcrumbs
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

From Middle English brede, from Old English brǣdu (breadth, width, extent), from Proto-Germanic *braidį̄ (breadth). Cognate with Scots brede, breid (breadth), Dutch breedte (breadth), German Breite (breadth), Swedish bredd (breadth), Icelandic breidd (breadth).

Noun

bread (plural breads)

  1. (obsolete or Britain dialectal, Scotland) Breadth.
Derived terms

Etymology 3

From Middle English breden, from Old English brǣdan (to make broad, extend, spread, stretch out; be extended, rise, grow), from Proto-Germanic *braidijaną (to make broad, broaden).

Verb

bread (third-person singular simple present breads, present participle breading, simple past and past participle breaded)

  1. (transitive, dialectal) To make broad; spread.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ray to this entry?)

Etymology 4

Variant of braid, from Middle English breden, from Old English brēdan, breġdan (to braid).

Alternative forms

Verb

bread (third-person singular simple present breads, present participle breading, simple past and past participle breaded)

  1. (transitive) To form in meshes; net.

Noun

bread (plural breads)

  1. A piece of embroidery; a braid.

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Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *braudą, whence also Old Frisian brād (West Frisian brea), Old Saxon brōd (German Low German Broot, Brot), Dutch brood, Old High German brōt (German Brot), Old Norse and Icelandic brauð (Swedish bröd).

Pronunciation

Noun

brēad n

  1. bit, piece, morsel
  2. bread (foodstuff)

Descendants


Spanish

Verb

bread

  1. (Spain) Informal second-person plural (vosotros or vosotras) affirmative imperative form of brear.