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brook1

[broo k] /brʊk/
noun
1.
a small, natural stream of fresh water.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English brōc stream; cognate with Dutch broek, German Bruch marsh
Related forms
brookless, adjective
brooklike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for brookless

brook1

/brʊk/
noun
1.
a natural freshwater stream smaller than a river
Word Origin
Old English brōc; related to Old High German bruoh swamp, Dutch broek

brook2

/brʊk/
verb
1.
(transitive; usually used with a negative) to bear; tolerate
Derived Forms
brookable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English brūcan; related to Gothic brūkjan to use, Old High German brūhhan, Latin fruī to enjoy

Brook

/brʊk/
noun
1.
Peter (Paul Stephen). born 1925, British stage and film director, noted esp for his experimental work in the theatre
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Word Origin and History for brookless
brook
"small stream," O.E. broc "flowing stream, torrest," of obscure origin, probably from P.Gmc. *broka- which yielded words in Ger. (Bruch) and Du. (broek) that have a sense of "marsh." In Sussex and Kent, it means "water-meadow," and in plural, "low, marshy ground."
brook
"to endure," O.E. brucan "use, ennjoy, possess; eat; cohabit with," from P.Gmc. *bruk- "to make use of, enjoy" (cf. O.S. brukan, O.Fris. bruka, O.H.G. bruhhan, Ger. brauchen "to use," Goth. brukjan), from PIE base *bhrug- "to make use of, have enjoyment of" (cf. L. fructus). Sense of "use" applied to food led to "be able to digest," and by 16c. to "tolerate."
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brookless in the Bible

a torrent. (1.) Applied to small streams, as the Arnon, Jabbok, etc. Isaiah (15:7) speaks of the "book of the willows," probably the Wady-el-Asha. (2.) It is also applied to winter torrents (Job 6:15; Num. 34:5; Josh. 15:4, 47), and to the torrent-bed or wady as well as to the torrent itself (Num. 13:23; 1 Kings 17:3). (3.) In Isa. 19:7 the river Nile is meant, as rendered in the Revised Version.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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