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Brook, n. Etym: [OE. brok, broke, brook, AS. broc; akin to D. broek, LG. brok, marshy ground, OHG. pruoh, G. bruch marsh; prob. fr. the root of E. break, so as that it signifies water breaking through the earth, a spring or brook, as well as a marsh. See Break, v. t.]

Defn: A natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek. The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water. Deut. viii. 7. Empires itself, as doth an inland brook Into the main of waters. Shak.

Brook Brook, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brooked; p. pr. & vb. n. Brooking.] Etym: [OE. broken, bruken, to use, enjoy, digest, AS. br; akin to D. gebruiken to use, OHG. pr, G. brauchen, gebrauchen, Icel. br, Goth. br, and L. frui, to enjoy. Cf. Fruit, Broker.]

1. To use; to enjoy. [Obs.] Chaucer.

2. To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young men can not brook restraint. Spenser. Shall we, who could not brook one lord, Crouch to the wicked ten Macaulay.

3. To deserve; to earn. [Obs.] Sir J. Hawkins.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Brook - A torrent.
(1.) Applied to small streams, as the Arnon, Jabbok, etc. Isaiah (Isaiah 15:7) speaks of the "book of the willows," probably the Wady-el-Asha.
(2.) It is also applied to winter torrents (Job 6:15; Numbers 34:5; Joshua 15:4, Joshua 15:47), and to the torrent-bed or wady as well as to the torrent itself (Numbers 13:23; 1 Kings 17:3).
(3.) In Isaiah 19:7 the river Nile is meant, as rendered in the Revised Version.

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