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brewing

[broo-ing] /ˈbru ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person who brews.
2.
the process of being brewed.
3.
the occupation or business of producing beer, ale, etc.
4.
a quantity or batch brewed in a single process or at one time.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see brew, -ing1

brew

[broo] /bru/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermenting malt and hops.
2.
to make or prepare (a beverage, as tea) by mixing, steeping, soaking, or boiling a solid in water.
3.
to concoct, mix, or cook (a beverage or food, especially one containing unmeasured or unusual ingredients):
She brewed a pot of soup from the leftovers.
4.
to contrive, plan, or bring about:
to brew mischief.
verb (used without object)
5.
to make a fermented alcoholic malt beverage, as beer or ale.
6.
to boil, steep, soak, or cook:
Wait until the tea brews.
noun
7.
a quantity brewed in a single process.
8.
a particular brewing or variety of malt liquor.
9.
a hot beverage made by cooking a solid in water, especially tea or coffee.
10.
any concoction, especially a liquid produced by a mixture of unusual ingredients:
a witches' brew.
11.
Informal.
  1. beer or ale.
  2. an individual serving of beer or ale:
    Let's have a few brews after the game.
Idioms
12.
be brewing, to be forming or gathering; be in preparation:
Trouble was brewing.
Origin
before 900; Middle English brewen, Old English brēowan; akin to Dutch brouwen, German brauen, Old Norse brugga
Related forms
brewer, noun
misbrew, verb (used with object)
rebrew, verb
unbrewed, adjective
underbrew, verb (used with object)
well-brewed, adjective
Can be confused
brewed, brood (see synonym study at brood)
brews, bruise.
Synonyms
4. concoct, scheme, plot, devise, hatch, cook up.
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  • The beer's of your own brewing and you must drink it.
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  • Discusses different ways of grinding and brewing coffee.
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  • She accepted the fact that she might have a serious illness brewing, but watchful waiting was the only treatment option.
  • Each brewing process needs a different grind that complements that brewing process.
  • Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing.
British Dictionary definitions for brewing

brewing

/ˈbruːɪŋ/
noun
1.
a quantity of a beverage brewed at one time

brew1

/bruː/
verb
1.
to make (beer, ale, etc) from malt and other ingredients by steeping, boiling, and fermentation
2.
to prepare (a drink, such as tea) by boiling or infusing
3.
(transitive) to devise or plan: to brew a plot
4.
(intransitive) to be in the process of being brewed: the tea was brewing in the pot
5.
(intransitive) to be impending or forming: there's a storm brewing
noun
6.
a beverage produced by brewing, esp tea or beer: a strong brew
7.
an instance or time of brewing: last year's brew
8.
a mixture: an eclectic brew of mysticism and political discontent
See also brew up
Derived Forms
brewer, noun
Word Origin
Old English brēowan; related to Old Norse brugga, Old Saxon breuwan, Old High German briuwan

brew2

/bruː/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a hill
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Word Origin and History for brewing

brew

v.

Old English breowan "to brew" (class II strong verb, past tense breaw, past participle browen), from Proto-Germanic *breuwan "to brew" (cf. Old Norse brugga, Old Frisian briuwa, Middle Dutch brouwen, Old High German briuwan, German brauen "to brew"), from PIE root *bhreue- "to bubble, boil, effervesce" (cf. Sanskrit bhurnih "violent, passionate," Greek phrear "well, spring, cistern," Latin fervere "to boil, foam," Thracian Greek brytos "fermented liquor made from barley," Russian bruja "current," Old Irish bruth "heat;" Old English beorma "yeast;" Old High German brato "roast meat"), the original sense thus being "make a drink by boiling." Related: Brewed; brewing.

n.

c.1500, "a brewed beverage," from brew (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for brewing

brew

noun phrase
  1. A glass, bottle, or can of beer; a beer •Brewhaha has its own variants: brewha, haha, and ha: She treated me to a brew
  2. Coffee or tea: Dunkin' Donuts is my kind of brew

[first form 1940s+, third 1980s+; second form 1970s+ fr French brouhaha, ''fuss, ado'']


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