Brandish
Brandish Bran"dish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brandished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brandishing}.] [OE. braundisen, F. brandir, fr. brand a sword, fr. OHG. brant brand. See {Brand}, n.] 1. To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake or flourish. [1913 Webster]

The quivering lance which he brandished bright. --Drake. [1913 Webster]

2. To play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms. [1913 Webster]


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  • brandish — I verb dangle before the eyes, display, draw one s sword, exhibit, flap, flaunt, flourish, gesture, rattle the saber, shake, show, swing, threaten, vibrare, wag, waggle, wave, wield associated concepts: harassment, menacing II index …   Law dictionary

  • brandish — (v.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. brandiss , prp. stem of brandir to flourish (a sword) (12c.), from brant blade of a sword, prow of a ship, of Frankish origin (see BRAND (Cf. brand) (n.)). Related: Brandished; brandishing …   Etymology dictionary

  • brandish — flourish, shake, *swing, wave, thrash Analogous words: wield, swing, *handle, manipulate, ply: flaunt, parade, display, exhibit, *show …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • brandish — [v] flaunt, swing around come on strong*, display, disport, exhibit, expose, flash, gesture, parade, raise, shake, show, show off, sport, swing, threaten, throw weight around*, trot out*, warn, wield; concept 261 Ant. not show …   New thesaurus

  • brandish — ► VERB ▪ wave or flourish (something) as a threat or in anger or excitement. ORIGIN Old French brandir, related to BRAND(Cf. ↑brand) …   English terms dictionary

  • brandish — [bran′dish] vt. [ME brandischen < extended stem of OFr brandir < Gmc * brand: see BRAND] to wave, shake, or exhibit in a menacing, challenging, or exultant way; flourish n. the act of brandishing something …   English World dictionary

  • brandish — UK [ˈbrændɪʃ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms brandish : present tense I/you/we/they brandish he/she/it brandishes present participle brandishing past tense brandished past participle brandished to wave a weapon or other object around in your… …   English dictionary

  • brandish — verb Brandish is used with these nouns as the object: ↑axe, ↑gun, ↑knife, ↑pistol, ↑spear, ↑stick, ↑sword, ↑weapon …   Collocations dictionary

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