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  1. Is·am·bard Kingdom [iz-uhm-bahrd], /ˈɪz əmˌbɑrd/, 1806–59, English civil engineer and naval architect.

  2. his father, Sir Marc Isambard, 1769–1849, English civil engineer, born in France: chief engineer of New York City 1793–99.

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How to use Brunel in a sentence

  • Brunel received $1 million from the billionaire around the time he started the agency.

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  • It is notorious that the Swindon of to-day is the creation of the companion of Brunel at the lunch in the furze-bushes.

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  • Brunel was with him, and at the look of concentrated interest upon Brunel's face, Cleek's own took on a peculiar expression.

  • In mentioning the name of Brunel, we are reminded of him as the principal rival and competitor of Robert Stephenson.

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  • Brunel, the celebrated engineer, had a curious accident, which might have forfeited his life.

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  • This beats Brunel on his own ground into the proverbial cocked hat, both for depth and distance.

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British Dictionary definitions for Brunel


/ (bruːˈnɛl) /

  1. Isambard Kingdom (ˈɪzəmˌbɑːd). 1806–59, English engineer: designer of the Clifton Suspension Bridge (1828), many railway lines, tunnels, bridges, etc, and the steamships Great Western (1838), Great Britain (1845), and Great Eastern (1858)

  2. his father, Sir Marc Isambard . 1769–1849, French engineer in England

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