breeze

\ \ [16] Breeze has not always connoted ‘lightness’ or ‘gentleness’. Old Spanish briza, its probable source, meant ‘cold northeast wind’, and that is the meaning it originally had in English. The word was picked up through English-Spanish contact in Central and South America, and the fact that on the Atlantic coast of the area the onshore winds were from the east and northeast led in the 17th century to breeze being applied to any cool wind from the sea (as in ‘sea breezes’), and gradually to any light wind. The adjective breezy perhaps retains more of the word’s earlier ‘cold’ connotations.
\ \ The breeze [18] of breezeblock is a completely different word, meaning ‘cinders’, and comes from French braiselive coals’, source also of English braise and brazier.

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  • Breeze-KM — Breeze (auch Bris/Briz, russisch Бриз für Brise) ist der Name einer Reihe von Oberstufen, die bei mehreren russischen Trägerraketen zum Einsatz kommen. Entwickelt wurde sie durch GKNPZ Chrunitschew. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Breeze K/KM 2 Breeze M 3… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Breeze-M — Breeze (auch Bris/Briz, russisch Бриз für Brise) ist der Name einer Reihe von Oberstufen, die bei mehreren russischen Trägerraketen zum Einsatz kommen. Entwickelt wurde sie durch GKNPZ Chrunitschew. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Breeze K/KM 2 Breeze M 3… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Breeze M — Breeze (auch Bris/Briz, russisch Бриз für Brise) ist der Name einer Reihe von Oberstufen, die bei mehreren russischen Trägerraketen zum Einsatz kommen. Entwickelt wurde sie durch GKNPZ Chrunitschew. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Breeze K/KM 2 Breeze M 3… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Breeze — Breeze, n. [F. brise; akin to It. brezza breeze, Sp. briza, brisa, a breeze from northeast, Pg. briza northeast wind; of uncertain origin; cf. F. bise, Pr. bisa, OHG. bisa, north wind, Arm. biz northeast wind.] 1. A light, gentle wind; a fresh,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Breeze — can refer to: * Sea breeze, an onshore afternoon wind, caused by warm air rising over the land in sunny weather * Breeze or Breeze Card, a stored value smart card used as part of an automated fare collection system in Atlanta, Georgia *… …   Wikipedia

  • Breeze — Breeze, Breeze fly Breeze fly , n. [OE. brese, AS. bri[ o]sa; perh. akin to OHG. brimissa, G. breme, bremse, D. brems, which are akin to G. brummen to growl, buzz, grumble, L. fremere to murmur; cf. G. brausen, Sw. brusa, Dan. bruse, to roar,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Breeze — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Claude Herbert Breeze (* 1938), kanadischer Maler Matthew Breeze (* 1972), australischer Fußballschiedsrichter Breeze ist außerdem die englische Schreibweise für die russische Raketen Oberstufe Bris …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • breeze — breeze1 [brēz] n. [16th c. nautical term brise, prob. (? via Du) < EFris brisen, to blow fresh and strong] 1. a light current of air; wind, esp. a gentle wind 2. [Brit. Informal] commotion or disturbance ☆ 3. Informal a thing easy to do 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • Breeze — Breeze, v. i. To blow gently. [R.] J. Barlow. [1913 Webster] {To breeze up} (Naut.), to blow with increasing freshness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breeze up — To freshen into a breeze • • • Main Entry: ↑breeze …   Useful english dictionary

  • Breeze — Breeze, n. [F. braise cinders, live coals. See {Brasier}.] 1. Refuse left in the process of making coke or burning charcoal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Brickmaking) Refuse coal, coal ashes, and cinders, used in the burning of bricks. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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