The Republican Party seems to have been brained by a heavy cloud followed by an equally heavy sky-blue shape.
When Uncas had brained his first antagonist, he turned, like a hungry lion, to seek another.
Children were torn from their mother's breast to be brained on the hearthstone.
Thought I was brained—but we did it cleverly however—although, if ever I made a leap in the dark, that was one.
I brained him on the spot, and had him buried at my own expense.
A priest struck down a yeoman with a brazen crucifix, and next moment himself was brained with its broken shaft.
Had I known what they would do for me in the future I think I should have brained them there and then.
"Dat ar is poor Big Mose," said he, as they took hold of a Herculean negro, who had been brained by the keen tomahawk.
I made a grab at her cap, and I thought she'd have brained me.
With that down he comes crash on the poor fellow's scull from aft, and brained him in a moment.
Old English brægen "brain," from Proto-Germanic *bragnam (cf. Middle Low German bregen, Old Frisian and Dutch brein), from PIE root *mregh-m(n)o- "skull, brain" (cf. Greek brekhmos "front part of the skull, top of the head"). But Liberman writes that brain "has no established cognates outside West Germanic ..." and is not connected to the Greek word. More probably, he writes, its etymon is PIE *bhragno "something broken."
The custom of using the plural to refer to the substance (literal or figurative), as opposed to the organ, dates from 16c. Figurative sense of "intellectual power" is from late 14c.; meaning "a clever person" is first recorded 1914. Brain teaser is from 1923. Brain stem first recorded 1879, from German. Brain drain is attested from 1963. An Old English word for "head" was brægnloca, which might be translated as "brain locker." In Middle English, brainsick (Old English brægenseoc) meant "mad, addled."
"to dash the brains out," late 14c., from brain (n.). Related: Brained; braining.
The portion of the central nervous system that is enclosed within the cranium, continuous with the spinal cord, and composed of gray matter and white matter. It is the primary center for the regulation and control of bodily activities, receiving and interpreting sensory impulses, and transmitting information to the muscles and body organs. It is also the seat of consciousness, thought, memory, and emotion. Also called encephalon.
The central organ in the nervous system, protected by the skull. The brain consists of the medulla, which sends signals from the spinal cord to the rest of the brain and also controls the autonomic nervous system; the pons, a mass of nerve fibers connected to the medulla; the cerebellum, which controls balance and coordination; and the cerebrum, the outer layer of which, the cerebral cortex, is the location of memory, sight, speech, and other higher functions.
The cerebrum contains two hemispheres (the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere), each of which controls different functions. In general, the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body and such functions as spatial perception, whereas the left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and functions such as speech.
Under the cerebral cortex are the thalamus, the main relay center between the medulla and the cerebrum; and the hypothalamus, which controls blood pressure, body temperature, hunger, thirst, sex drive, and other visceral functions.
An intelligent person; intellectual; good scholar: The publicity of being a brain did not further her movie career as a glamour girl (1914+)
To injure with a hard blow to the head •Attested fr 1382 in the full sense, ''kill by knocking out the brain'': The left hook really brained him