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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BRAND'ISH, v.t.
1. To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise, and move in various directions; to shake or flourish; as, to brandish a sword or a cane. It often indicates threatening.
2. To play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the act of waving [syn: flourish, brandish] v
1: move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun" [syn: brandish, flourish, wave]
2: exhibit aggressively; "brandish a sword"

Merriam Webster's

I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English braundisshen, from Anglo-French brandiss-, stem of brandir, from brant, braund sword, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brand Date: 14th century 1. to shake or wave (as a weapon) menacingly 2. to exhibit in an ostentatious or aggressive manner Synonyms: see swing II. noun Date: 1599 an act or instance of brandishing

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. wave or flourish as a threat or in display. Derivatives: brandisher n. Etymology: OF brandir ult. f. Gmc, rel. to BRAND

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brandish Bran"dish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brandished; p. pr. & vb. n. Brandishing.] [OE. braundisen, F. brandir, fr. brand a sword, fr. OHG. brant brand. See Brand, n.] 1. To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake or flourish. The quivering lance which he brandished bright. --Drake. 2. To play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brandish Bran"dish, n. A flourish, as with a weapon, whip, etc. ``Brandishes of the fan.'' --Tailer.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(brandishes, brandishing, brandished) If you brandish something, especially a weapon, you hold it in a threatening way. He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Flourish, wave, shake.

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advertise, affect, air, betoken, blazon forth, breathe, bring forth, bring forward, bring into view, bring out, bring to notice, dangle, demonstrate, develop, disclose, display, disport, divulge, dramatize, emblazon, embody, enact, evidence, evince, exhibit, expose, expose to view, express, flap, flash, flaunt, float, flourish, flutter, fly, give sign, give token, highlight, hold up, illuminate, incarnate, indicate, make clear, make plain, manifest, materialize, mean, parade, perform, present, produce, put forth, put forward, represent, reveal, roll out, set forth, shake, show, show forth, show off, sport, spotlight, swing, token, trot out, trumpet, trumpet forth, undulate, unfold, vaunt, wag, wave, wield, wigwag



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