American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An implement used for sweeping, usually consisting of a bunch of twigs, straw, or bristles bound together and attached to a stick or handle.
- n. Any of various Mediterranean shrubs of the genus Cytisus in the pea family, especially C. scoparius, having mostly compound leaves with three leaflets and showy, usually bright yellow flowers.
- n. Any of several similar or related shrubs, especially in the genera Genista and Spartium.
- v. To sweep with or as if with a broom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of several plants, mostly leguminous shrubs, characterized by long, slender branches and numerous yellow flowers. The common or Irish broom is the Cytisus (Genista) scoparius, abundant throughout Europe, and famous as the planta genista (French plante genêt) which was the badge of the Plan-tagenets. It is a valuable remedy in dropsy, being one of the most efficient of hydragogues, and its seeds are used as a substitute for coffee. Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) is a closely allied species, as is also the dyer's broom (Genista tinctoria), which was formerly much used as a yellow dye and as the basis of the once celebrated Kendal green. See cuts under
- n. A besom, or brush with a long handle, for sweeping floors, etc.: so called from being originally made of the broom-plant. Brooms are now made in Europe of this and various other materials; and in the United States their manufacture from broom-corn is an important business. A broom at the masthead of a vessel indicates that she is for sale, a sign derived probably from the old habit of displaying boughs at shops and taverns.
- To sweep, or clear away, as with a broom.
- Same as bream.
- v. nautical Alternative form of bream (to clean a ship's bottom)
- n. A domestic utensil with fibers bound together at the end of a long handle, used for sweeping.
- n. curling An implement with which players sweep the ice to make a stone travel further and curl less; a broom or sweeper.
- n. botany Any of several yellow-flowered shrubs of the family Leguminosae, in the genera Cytisus and Genista, with long, thin branches and small or few leaves.
- v. To sweep.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers.
- n. An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom.
- v. (Naut.) See bream.
- v. finish with a broom
- v. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
- n. any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers
- n. common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
- n. a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle
- Middle English, from Old English brōm ‘brushwood’, from Proto-Germanic *brēm- ‘bramble’ (compare Dutch braam, Low German Braam), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrem-, from *bʰer- ‘edge’. Related to brim, brink. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English brōm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now you know, missy, of co'se, dese heah broom -- weddin's dey ain't writ down in nuther co't-house nur chu'ch books -- an 'so ef any o' dese heah smarty meddlers was to try to bring up ole sco'es an 'say dat Sister Sophy-Sophia wasn't legally married, dey wouldn't be no witnesses _but me an' de broom_, an 'I'd have to witness _for it_, an' -- an '_I_ wouldn't be no legal witness. ”
“III. vi.27 (417,4) _Come oe'er the broom, Bessy, to me_] As there is no relation between _broom_ and a _boat_, we may better read,”
“A candidate who does NOT fly on a broom is a now a serious proposition!”
“In the movie, voices you hear are the stage manager and myself; she's explaining that the guy with the broom is the Festival's chairman of the board.”
“The girl carried a broom, and if she came along and swept before a door, it meant that all who lived within must die; for the broom is an implement that makes a clean sweep.”
“His besom also seems to come from the East, where a figure "sweeping everything out" with a broom is the first vision produced in the crystal or liquid in the palm of a medium by the magicians of Egypt.”
“Perhaps when Congress reconvenes, we can take a look at it, but not every bank or every institution on Wall Street caused this problem, so I don't think sweeping with such a wide broom is the productive way to go at this point.”
“Steeles broom is getting quite a good work out this year.”
“At Urbino, a whisk broom is suspended from a nail inside a cabinet in the north wall, where it shares the company of manuscripts by "TVLIO" (Cicero) and "NACA" (Seneca).”
“Even if the broom is removed successfully, the persistent anal seepage that follows is going to be difficult to stop.”
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