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Meaning of BROOD

Pronunciation:  brood

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the young of an animal cared for at one time
  2. [adj]  good at incubating eggs especially a fowl kept for that purpose; "a brood hen"
  3. [v]  sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
  4. [v]  think moodily or anxiously about something
  5. [v]  be in a huff; be silent or sullen
  6. [v]  be in a huff
  7. [v]  hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

BROOD is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: brooding, bulk large, cover, dwell, grizzle, hatch, hatching, hover, incubate, loom, oviparous, pout, stew, sulk, sulk, worry
 See Also: animal group, be, chew over, clutch, contemplate, dwell on, excogotate, hang, linger over, meditate, mull, mull over, multiply, muse, ponder, procreate, reflect, reproduce, resent, ruminate, sit, sit down, speculate, think over



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Brood\ (br[=oo]d), n. [OE. brod, AS. br[=o]d; akin to D.
    broed, OHG. bruot, G. brut, and also to G. br["u]he broth,
    MHG. br["u]eje, and perh. to E. brawn, breath. Cf. {Breed},
    v. t.]
    1. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood
       of chickens.
             As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.
                                                   --Luke xiii.
             A hen followed by a brood of ducks.   --Spectator.
    2. The young from the same dam, whether produced at the same
       time or not; young children of the same mother, especially
       if nearly of the same age; offspring; progeny; as, a woman
       with a brood of children.
             The lion roars and gluts his tawny brood.
    3. That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
             Flocks of the airy brood, (Cranes, geese or
             long-necked swans).                   --Chapman.
    4. (Mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
    {To sit on brood}, to ponder. [Poetic] --Shak.
  2. \Brood\, a.
    1. Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.
    2. Kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock;
       having young; as, a brood sow.
  3. \Brood\ (br[=o]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Brooded}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Brooding}.]
    1. To sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of
       warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and
       cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to warm and
       protect them; hence, to sit quietly, as if brooding.
             Birds of calm sir brooding on the charmed wave.
    2. To have the mind dwell continuously or moodily on a
       subject; to think long and anxiously; to be in a state of
       gloomy, serious thought; -- usually followed by over or
       on; as, to brood over misfortunes.
             Brooding on unprofitable gold.        --Dryden.
             Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt
             like one who has evoked a spirit.     --Hawthorne.
             When with downcast eyes we muse and brood.
  4. \Brood\ (br[=oo]d), v. t.
    1. To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her
    2. To cherish with care. [R.]
    3. To think anxiously or moodily upon.
             You'll sit and brood your sorrows on a throne.
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