[ breem ]
/ brim /

verb (used with object) Nautical.

to clean (a ship's bottom) by applying burning furze, reeds, etc., to soften the pitch and loosen adherent matter.

Nearby words

  1. breakthrough,
  2. breaktime,
  3. breakup,
  4. breakwater,
  5. breakweather,
  6. bream, julian,
  7. breast,
  8. breast beam,
  9. breast drill,
  10. breast line

Origin of bream

1620–30; < Middle Dutch brem(e) furze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for breaming



Australian brim (brɪm)

/ (briːm, Austral brɪm) /

noun plural bream or brim

any of several Eurasian freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Abramis, esp A. brama, having a deep compressed body covered with silvery scales
white bream or silver bream a similar cyprinid, Blicca bjoerkna
short for sea bream
Australian any of various marine fishes

Word Origin for bream

C14: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brahsema; perhaps related to brehan to glitter


/ (briːm) /


nautical (formerly) to clean debris from (the bottom of a vessel) by heating to soften the pitch

Word Origin for bream

C15: probably from Middle Dutch bremme broom; from using burning broom as a source of heat


/ (briːm) /


Julian (Alexander). born 1933, English guitarist and lutenist
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Word Origin and History for breaming



freshwater fish, late 14c., from Old French braisme "bream," from Frankish *brahsima, from West Germanic *brahsm- (cf. Old High German brahsima), perhaps from Proto-Germanic base *brehwan "to shine, glitter, sparkle," from PIE *bherek- (see braid (v.)).

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