Origin of brewing
- to make (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermenting malt and hops.
- to make or prepare (a beverage, as tea) by mixing, steeping, soaking, or boiling a solid in water.
- 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.
- to contrive, plan, or bring about: to brew mischief.
- to make a fermented alcoholic malt beverage, as beer or ale.
- to boil, steep, soak, or cook: Wait until the tea brews.
- a quantity brewed in a single process.
- a particular brewing or variety of malt liquor.
- a hot beverage made by cooking a solid in water, especially tea or coffee.
- any concoction, especially a liquid produced by a mixture of unusual ingredients: a witches' brew.
- beer or ale.
- an individual serving of beer or ale: Let's have a few brews after the game.
- be brewing, to be forming or gathering; be in preparation: Trouble was brewing.
Origin of brew
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Examples from the Web for brewing
It may have looked like paradise, but a rebellion was brewing around the Davises.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
A crisis is brewing between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan that could be their most dangerous ever.ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War
October 20, 2014
Meanwhile, a tiny rebellion is brewing—the kernel, it seems, for the future Rebel Alliance.‘Star Wars Rebels’ Explores the Jedi’s Lost Years Between the Prequels and the Original Trilogy
August 2, 2014
Behind the mundane complaining for its own sake, though, a new problem affecting allergies may be brewing: global warming.Blame Climate Change for Your Terrible Seasonal Allergies
May 14, 2014
While from the outside it seems like a massive battle is brewing, not all Republican leaders agree.The Gettysburg of the GOP Civil War
February 15, 2014
I had reason to fear, as I mentioned in mine of this morning, that a storm was brewing.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
As to the tea, I made bold to speak my mind and succeeded in brewing some for myself.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The grounds will serve instead of yest for a second brewing.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
And then he remembered that the men at Point Christensen had warned him of a storm that was brewing.Under Arctic Ice
All at once he shuddered with a feeling that something terrible was brewing within him.The Christian
- a quantity of a beverage brewed at one time
- to make (beer, ale, etc) from malt and other ingredients by steeping, boiling, and fermentation
- to prepare (a drink, such as tea) by boiling or infusing
- (tr) to devise or planto brew a plot
- (intr) to be in the process of being brewedthe tea was brewing in the pot
- (intr) to be impending or formingthere's a storm brewing
- a beverage produced by brewing, esp tea or beera strong brew
- an instance or time of brewinglast year's brew
- a mixturean eclectic brew of mysticism and political discontent
- Northern English dialect a hill
Word Origin and History for brewing
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.
c.1500, "a brewed beverage," from brew (v.).