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Meaning of BROACH

Pronunciation:  browch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a decorative pin worn by women
  2. [v]  bring up a topic for discussion

BROACH is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: breastpin, brooch, initiate
 See Also: address, cover, deal, discuss, handle, pin, plow, sunburst, talk over, treat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Broach\, n. [OE. broche, F. broche, fr. LL. brocca;
    prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. proc thrust, stab, Gael. brog
    awl. Cf. {Brooch}.]
    1. A spit. [Obs.]
             He turned a broach that had worn a crown. --Bacon.
    2. An awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at
       each end, used by thatchers. [Prov. Eng.] --Forby.
    3. (Mech.)
       (a) A tool of steel, generally tapering, and of a
           polygonal form, with from four to eight cutting edges,
           for smoothing or enlarging holes in metal; sometimes
           made smooth or without edges, as for burnishing pivot
           holes in watches; a reamer. The broach for gun barrels
           is commonly square and without taper.
       (b) A straight tool with file teeth, made of steel, to be
           pressed through irregular holes in metal that cannot
           be dressed by revolving tools; a drift.
    4. (Masonry) A broad chisel for stonecutting.
    5. (Arch.) A spire rising from a tower. [Local, Eng.]
    6. A clasp for fastening a garment. See {Brooch}.
    7. A spitlike start, on the head of a young stag.
    8. The stick from which candle wicks are suspended for
       dipping. --Knight.
    9. The pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key.
  2. \Broach\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Broached}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Broaching}.] [F. brocher, fr. broche. See {Broach}, n.]
    1. To spit; to pierce as with a spit.
             I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's point.
    2. To tap; to pierce, as a cask, in order to draw the liquor.
       Hence: To let out; to shed, as blood.
             Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade, He
             bravely broached his boiling bloody breast. --Shak.
    3. To open for the first time, as stores.
             You shall want neither weapons, victuals, nor aid; I
             will open the old armories, I will broach my store,
             and will bring forth my stores.       --Knolles.
    4. To make public; to utter; to publish first; to put forth;
       to introduce as a topic of conversation.
             Those very opinions themselves had broached.
    5. To cause to begin or break out. [Obs.] --Shak.
    6. (Masonry) To shape roughly, as a block of stone, by
       chiseling with a coarse tool. [Scot. & North of Eng.]
    7. To enlarge or dress (a hole), by using a broach.
    {To broach to} (Naut.), to incline suddenly to windward, so
       as to lay the sails aback, and expose the vessel to the
       danger of oversetting.
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