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Meaning of BOOM

Pronunciation:  boom

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various more-or-less horizontal spars or poles used to extend the foot of a sail or for handling cargo or in mooring
  2. [n]  a pole carrying an overhead microphone projected over a film or tv set
  3. [n]  a deep prolonged loud noise
  4. [n]  a sudden happening that brings very good fortune
  5. [n]  a state of economic prosperity
  6. [v]  grow stronger; "The economy was booming"
  7. [v]  hit hard; "He smashed a 3-run homer"
  8. [v]  make a deep hollow sound; "Her voice booms out the words of the song"
  9. [v]  make a resonant sound; as of artillery; "His deep voice boomed through the hall."
  10. [v]  be the case that thunder is being heard; "Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed"

BOOM is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: blast, bonanza, boom out, din, expand, flourish, get ahead, manna from heaven, microphone boom, nail, prosper, roar, roaring, smash, thrive, thunder, thunder
 See Also: go, grow, happening, hit, luxuriate, natural event, noise, occurrence, pole, prosperity, revive, sailing ship, sailing vessel, sound, spar, storm



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Boom\ (b[=oo]m), n. [D. boom tree, pole, beam, bar. See
    1. (Naut.) A long pole or spar, run out for the purpose of
       extending the bottom of a particular sail; as, the jib
       boom, the studding-sail boom, etc.
    2. (Mech.) A long spar or beam, projecting from the mast of a
       derrick, from the outer end of which the body to be lifted
       is suspended.
    3. A pole with a conspicuous top, set up to mark the channel
       in a river or harbor. [Obs.]
    4. (Mil. & Naval) A strong chain cable, or line of spars
       bound together, extended across a river or the mouth of a
       harbor, to obstruct navigation or passage.
    5. (Lumbering) A line of connected floating timbers stretched
       across a river, or inclosing an area of water, to keep saw
       logs, etc., from floating away.
    {Boom iron}, one of the iron rings on the yards through which
       the studding-sail booms traverse.
    {The booms}, that space on the upper deck of a ship between
       the foremast and mainmast, where the boats, spare spars,
       etc., are stowed. --Totten.
  2. \Boom\ (b[=oo]m), v. t. (Naut.)
    To extend, or push, with a boom or pole; as, to boom out a
    sail; to boom off a boat.
  3. \Boom\ (b[=oo]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Boomed}, p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Booming}.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. bommen to
    hum, D. bommen to drum, sound as an empty barrel, also W.
    bwmp a hollow sound; aderyn y bwmp, the bird of the hollow
    sound, i. e., the bittern. Cf. {Bum}, {Bump}, v. i., {Bomb},
    v. i.]
    1. To cry with a hollow note; to make a hollow sound, as the
       bittern, and some insects.
             At eve the beetle boometh Athwart the thicket lone.
    2. To make a hollow sound, as of waves or cannon.
             Alarm guns booming through the night air. --W.
    3. To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press
       of sail, before a free wind.
             She comes booming down before it.     --Totten.
    4. To have a rapid growth in market value or in popular
       favor; to go on rushingly.
  4. \Boom\, n.
    1. A hollow roar, as of waves or cannon; also, the hollow cry
       of the bittern; a booming.
    2. A strong and extensive advance, with more or less noisy
       excitement; -- applied colloquially or humorously to
       market prices, the demand for stocks or commodities and to
       political chances of aspirants to office; as, a boom in
       the stock market; a boom in coffee. [Colloq. U. S.]
  5. \Boom\, v. t.
    To cause to advance rapidly in price; as, to boom railroad or
    mining shares; to create a ``boom'' for; as to boom Mr. C.
    for senator. [Colloq. U. S.]
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A floating log or similar element designed to dampen surface waves or control the movement of drift.
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