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

  • n. The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time and cared for by the same mother. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. The children in one family.
  • transitive v. To sit on or hatch (eggs).
  • transitive v. To protect (young) by or as if by covering with the wings.
  • intransitive v. To sit on or hatch eggs.
  • intransitive v. To hover envelopingly; loom.
  • intransitive v. To be deep in thought; meditate.
  • intransitive v. To focus the attention on a subject persistently and moodily; worry: brooded over the insult for several days.
  • intransitive v. To be depressed.
  • adj. Kept for breeding: a brood hen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.
  • n. The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.
  • n. The eggs and larvae of social insects such as bees, ants and some wasps, especially when gathered together in special brood chambers or combs within the colony.
  • n. The children in one family.
  • v. To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
  • v. To protect.
  • v. To dwell upon moodily and at length.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.
  • adj. Kept for breeding from; ; having young.
  • n. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch.
  • n. 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.
  • n. That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
  • n. Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To sit over, cover, and cherish.
  • transitive v. To cherish with care.
  • transitive v. To think anxiously or moodily upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sit persistently on eggs, covering and warming them with the body and wings, for the purpose of hatching them: said of birds.
  • To rest fixedly like a brooding bird.
  • To meditate long and anxiously; remain a long time in anxiety or solicitous thought; have the mind dwelling persistently on a subject: with on or over.
  • To sit over, cover, and cherish: as, a hen broods her chicks; hence, to nourish.
  • To cherish with care.
  • To ponder over; plan or mature with care: as, “to brood war,”
  • An obsolete form of broad.
  • To incubate: as, brooded eggs.
  • n. Offspring; progeny.
  • n. A hatch; the young birds hatched in one nest, or those placed together in the care of one hen, or in an artificial brooder: as, a brood of chickens or of ducks.
  • n. That which is bred; species generated; that which is produced; hence, figuratively, sort or kind.
  • n. In mining, any heterogeneous mixture with tin or copper ore, as mundic or black-jack.
  • n. A north of Scotland name for salmon-fry.
  • n. Synonyms Covey, etc. See flock.
  • n. Oyster spat in the second year of development.

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

  • v. hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
  • v. think moodily or anxiously about something
  • n. the young of an animal cared for at one time
  • v. sit on (eggs)
  • v. be in a huff and display one's displeasure
  • v. be in a huff; be silent or sullen


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

Middle English, from Old English brōd.



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