Brown study
Brown Brown (broun), a. [Compar. {Browner}; superl. {Brownest}.] [OE. brun, broun, AS. br?n; akin to D. bruin, OHG. br?n, Icel. br?nn, Sw. brun, Dan. bruun, G. braun, Lith. brunas, Skr. babhru. [root]93, 253. Cf. {Bruin}, {Beaver}, {Burnish}, {Brunette}.] Of a dark color, of various shades between black and red or yellow. [1913 Webster]

Cheeks brown as the oak leaves. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

{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. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]


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  • brown study — n. [orig., somber thought < early sense of BROWN, somber, gloomy] a condition of being deep in thought; reverie …   English World dictionary

  • brown study — {n. phr.} A time of deep thought about something; a deep thoughtful mood. * /When his wife found him, he had pushed away his books and was in a brown study./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • brown study — {n. phr.} A time of deep thought about something; a deep thoughtful mood. * /When his wife found him, he had pushed away his books and was in a brown study./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • brown study — deep, serious absorption in thought: Lost in a brown study, she was oblivious to the noise. [1525 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • brown study — noun Melancholy mood accompanied by deep thought; daydream. So gathering up the shavings with another grin, and throwing them into the great stove in the middle of the room, he went about his business, and left me in a brown study …   Wiktionary

  • brown\ study — n. phr. A time of deep thought about something; a deep thoughtful mood. When his wife found him, he had pushed away his books and was in a brown study …   Словарь американских идиом

  • brown study — brown′ stud′y n. deep, serious absorption in thought • Etymology: 1525–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • brown study — Synonyms and related words: Walter Mitty, absence of mind, absentmindedness, absorption, abstractedness, abstraction, bad dream, bemusement, castle building, close study, concentration, contemplativeness, daydream, daydreamer, daydreaming, deep… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • brown study — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one s surroundings: absent mindedness, abstraction, bemusement, daydreaming, muse2, reverie, study, trance. See AWARENESS …   English dictionary for students

  • brown study — /braʊn ˈstʌdi/ (say brown studee) noun deep, serious absorption in thought …   Australian English dictionary

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