Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A binary compound of bromine with another element, such as silver.
  • n. Potassium bromide.
  • n. A commonplace remark or notion; a platitude. See Synonyms at cliché.
  • n. A tiresome person; a bore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A binary compound of bromine and some other element or radical.
  • n. A dose of bromide taken as a sedative.
  • n. A dull person with conventional thoughts.
  • n. A platitude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A compound of bromine with a positive radical.
  • n. A person who is conventional and commonplace in his habits of thought and conversation.
  • n. a conventional or trite saying; -- often used in the phrase “old bromide”.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A compound formed by the union of bromine with another element or with an organic radical. Also bromuret.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a trite or obvious remark
  • n. any of the salts of hydrobromic acid; formerly used as a sedative but now generally replaced by safer drugs

Etymologies

From brom(ine) + -ide. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In 1901 he established that by decreasing the sodium chloride in food, potassium bromide is rendered so effective for the treatment of epilepsy that the therapeutic dose falls from 10 g to 2 g.

    Charles Richet - Biography

  • Methyl bromide, which is heavily used on chemically grown strawberries, is one of the most toxic agricultural chemicals in use (toxic to humans and to the atmosphere).

    Maria Rodale: Strawberry Whip: A Simple Spring Dessert

  • The state Department of Pesticide Regulation will register methyl iodide as a substitute for the pesticide methyl bromide, which is being phased out by international treaty because it depletes the Earth's protective ozone layer.

    Controversial Pesticide Linked To Cancer Approved For Use In California

  • Seeing how chlorine is a necessary treatment additive and the bromide is a natural element within the water, Ivanhoe officials got creative and decided to keep sunlight away from the water by dropping over 3 million black spheres called bird balls into the reservoir.

    Bird balls prevent urban cancer water | clusterflock

  • Then something called pancuronium bromide, which is a muscle relaxer that stops breathing, and then potassium chloride, finally, that stops the heart.

    CNN Transcript Jun 9, 2001

  • South African farmers will now have a five year grace period to find replacement products for methyl bromide, which is presently used for soil fumigation in nurseries, flower and vegetable production, replanting of apple and other orchards and tobacco seedbeds.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He learns that laborers there work in fields routinely sprayed with the highly toxic pesticide methyl bromide, which is blamed for appalling deformities in their children.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Environmental Protection Agency in 2007 as a replacement for the fumigant methyl bromide, which is being phased out by international treaty because it depletes the Earth's protective ozone layer.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • Currently, strawberry growers use a fumigant called methyl bromide, which is being phased out around the world because it damages the ozone layer.

    AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed

  • Currently growers use a fumigant called methyl bromide, which is being phased out under international treaty because it damages the ozone layer.

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  • Are You a Bromide? - Title of a 1906 essay by Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), in his Smart Set.

    September 19, 2009

  • Maybe, whichbe.

    July 12, 2008

  • Well, are you?

    July 12, 2008