A brick is a block, or a single unit of a ceramic material used in masonry construction. Typically bricks are stacked together, or laid as brickwork using various kinds of mortar to hold the bricks together and make a permanent structure. Bricks are typically produced in common or standard sizes in bulk quantities. They have been regarded as one of the longest lasting and strongest building materials used throughout history.
In the general sense, a "brick" is a standard-sized weight-bearing building unit. Bricks are laid in horizontal courses, sometimes dry and sometimes with mortar. When the term is used in this sense, the brick might be made from clay, lime-and-sand, concrete, or shaped stone. In a less clinical and more colloquial sense, bricks are made from dried earth, usually from clay-bearing subsoil. In some cases, such as adobe, the brick is merely dried. More commonly it is fired in a kiln of some sort to form a true ceramic.
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... Brick Township High School is a four-year public high school located in Brick Township, Ocean County, New Jersey, operating as part of the Brick Public Schools ...
... The house is an unusual example of an 18th-century brick, Georgian style manor house, built about 1770 ... It is a two-story brick dwelling with a hipped roof and inside end chimneys ... outbuildings a two-story, two-room stone and brick smokehouse with a gable roof and a brick end barn built about 1830 ...
... The Brick Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade from Brick Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey ...
... data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Pre-School Brick Primary Learning Center for prekindergarten and kindergarten (723 students) Elementary Schools (Grades 1 - 5) Drum Point (542) Emma ...
... Brick was established in 1977 in London, Ontario, as a book review section in the literary magazine Applegarth's Folly, itself a product of the publishing house Applegarth Follies ... Brick soon detached from its parent magazine (which ceased to exist by the second issue of Brick) and Dragland began sharing editorial duties with Jean McKay ... their own publishing house, Nairn, which became Brick/Nairn in 1979, and eventually Brick Books in 1981 ...
Famous quotes containing the word brick:
“Protoplasm, simple or nucleated, is the formal basis of all life. It is the clay of the potter: which, bake it and paint it as he will, remains clay, separated by artifice, and not by nature from the commonest brick or sun-dried clod.”
—Thomas Henry Huxley (18251895)
“Man you ought to see his plans for allsteel buildins. Hes got an idea the skyscraper of the futurell be built of steel and glass. Weve been experimenting with vitrous tile recently... crist-amighty some of his plans would knock you out... Hes got a great sayin about some Roman emperor who found Rome of brick and left it of marble. Well he says hes found New York of brick an that hes goin to leave it of steel... steel an glass.”
—John Dos Passos (18961970)
“They dropped separately after the celebration,
one after the other like artichoke leaves.
After that I walked to my car awkwardly
over the painful bare remains on the brick sidewalk....”
—Anne Sexton (19281974)