• Logs in Boom. Glens Falls, New York
    Logs in Boom. Glens Falls, New York
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v boom grow vigorously "The deer population in this town is thriving","business is booming"
    • v boom hit hard "He smashed a 3-run homer"
    • v boom make a deep hollow sound "Her voice booms out the words of the song"
    • v boom make a resonant sound, like artillery "His deep voice boomed through the hall"
    • v boom be the case that thunder is being heard "Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed"
    • n boom any of various more-or-less horizontal spars or poles used to extend the foot of a sail or for handling cargo or in mooring
    • n boom a pole carrying an overhead microphone projected over a film or tv set
    • n boom a deep prolonged loud noise
    • n boom a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money) "the demand for testing has created a boom for those unregulated laboratories where boxes of specimen jars are processed like an assembly line"
    • n boom a state of economic prosperity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier. The crack of the whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.
    • Boom A hollow roar, as of waves or cannon; also, the hollow cry of the bittern; a booming.
    • Boom (Lumbering) A line of connected floating timbers stretched across a river, or inclosing an area of water, to keep saw logs, etc., from floating away.
    • Boom (Naut) A long pole or spar, run out for the purpose of extending the bottom of a particular sail; as, the jib boom, the studding-sail boom, etc.
    • Boom (Mech) A long spar or beam, projecting from the mast of a derrick, from the outer end of which the body to be lifted is suspended.
    • Boom A pole with a conspicuous top, set up to mark the channel in a river or harbor.
    • Boom A strong and extensive advance, with more or less noisy excitement; -- applied colloquially or humorously to market prices, the demand for stocks or commodities and to political chances of aspirants to office; as, a boom in the stock market; a boom in coffee.
    • Boom (Mil. & Naval) A strong chain cable, or line of spars bound together, extended across a river or the mouth of a harbor, to obstruct navigation or passage.
    • v. t Boom To cause to advance rapidly in price; as, to boom railroad or mining shares; to create a “boom” for; as to boom Mr. C. for senator.
    • Boom To cry with a hollow note; to make a hollow sound, as the bittern, and some insects. "At eve the beetle boometh Athwart the thicket lone."
    • v. t Boom (Naut) To extend, or push, with a boom or pole; as, to boom out a sail; to boom off a boat.
    • Boom To have a rapid growth in market value or in popular favor; to go on rushingly.
    • Boom To make a hollow sound, as of waves or cannon. "Alarm guns booming through the night air."
    • Boom To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press of sail, before a free wind. "She comes booming down before it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The speed of sound must be exceeded to produce a sonic boom.
    • boom To make a deep, hollow, continued sound. To buzz, hum, or drone, as a bee or beetle.
    • n boom A deep, hollow, continued sound. A buzzing, humming, or droning, as of a bee or beetle.
    • n boom A long pole or spar used to extend the foot of certain sails of a ship: as, the main-boom, jib-boom, studdingsail-boom.
    • n boom A strong barrier, as of beams, or an iron chain or cable fastened to spars, extended across a river or the mouth of a harbor, to prevent an enemy's ships from passing.
    • n boom A chain of floating logs fastened together at the ends and stretched across a river, etc., to stop floating timber.
    • n boom A pole set up as a mark to direct seamen how to keep the channel in shallow water.
    • n boom plural A space in a vessel's waist used for stowing boats and spare spars.
    • boom To shove with a boom or spar.
    • boom To drive or guide (logs) down a stream with a boom or pole.
    • boom To pen or confine (logs) with a boom.
    • boom [The earliest instance of the word in this sense appears to be in the following passage:
    • boom Mr. McCullagh, in a letter to one of the editors of this Dictionary, says: “I cannot explain how I came to use it, except that, while on the gunboats on the Mississippi river during the war, I used to hear the pilots say of the river, when rising rapidly and overflowing its banks, that it (the river) was ‘booming.’ The idea I wished to convey was that the Grant movement was rising—swelling, etc. The word seemed to be a good one to the ear, and I kept it up. It was generally adopted about a year afterward. I used it as a noun after a while, and spoke of ‘the Grant boom.’ ”]
    • boom To bring into prominence or public notice by calculated means; push with vigor or spirit: as, to boom a commercial venture, or the candidacy of an aspirant for office.
    • n boom A sudden increase of activity; a rush. Specifically— In politics, a movement seeming, or meant to seem, spontaneous in favor of a candidate for office, or in behalf of some cause.
    • n boom A pole fastened lengthwise of a load of hay to bind the load.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing.
    • n Boom bōōm a pole by which a sail is stretched: a chain or bar stretched across a harbour.
    • v.i Boom bōōm to make a hollow sound or roar: to go on with a rush, to become suddenly prosperous
    • v.t Boom to push anything into sudden prominence:—pa.p. boomed (bōōmd); pr.p. boom′ing
    • n Boom a hollow roar, as of the sea, the cry of the bittern, &c.: a sudden increase of activity in business, or the like—often the direct consequence of puffing advertisements or less legitimate intrigues
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  • Mark Twain
    “The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. [On Lohengrin]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of imitative origin; cf. OE. bommen, to hum, D. bommen, to drum, sound as an empty barrel, also W. bwmp, a hollow sound; aderyn y bwmp, the bird of the hollow sound, i. e., the bittern. Cf. Bum Bump (v. i.) Bomb (v. i.)


In literature:

A cannon boomed on Charlestown's hills.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
But the nighthawks which soar and boom above our city streets, whence come they?
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
The legend had received an unexpected boom in the drowning of Roberts, which had just occurred.
"Uncanny Tales" by Various
The West saw many "boom" towns.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The floor of the sand flat ran straight to the Big Lake of the Booming Rollers.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
I'm something of a danged fool, but I knowed this boom was comin'.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Soon after passing her, boom!
"Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California" by Mary Evarts Anderson
Still the incessant barking of guns, with the occasional boom of something more impressive.
"They Shall Not Pass" by Frank H. Simonds
The booming of the cannon in the streets of Paris could be distinctly heard.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Marvellous as the boom was, I think the present recuperation is still more wonderful.
"Our Italy" by Charles Dudley Warner

In poetry:

While marching huppandownd
Upon that fair May morn,
Beold the booming cannings sound,
A royal child is born!
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
With his own hand fearless,
Steered he the Long Serpent,
Strained the creaking cordage,
Bent each boom and gaff;
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The morn rose pale and sullen,
The noon was still and dun;
Across the storm at sunset,
Came the boom of a signal-gun.
"By The Sea" by Frances Fuller Victor
A lightning flash, a thunder boom!—
Nor sun nor clouds are there;
A single, all-pervading gloom
Hangs in the heavy air.
"Songs of the Summer Days" by George MacDonald
Guns of Metz are long and grey,
Growling through a summer day;
Guns of Verdun, grey and long,
Boom an echo of their song.
"Guns Of Verdun" by Patrick R Chalmers
Zij hoort niet meer, zij ziet noch roert,
Bevangen in dien droom,
In aardes omloop meegevoerd
Met rots, en steen, en boom.
"Een Slaap Verzegelde Mijn Ziel (William Wordsworth) " by Jakobus Cornelis Bloem

In news:

The holidays brought a boom for many retailers, but with the holiday season wrapping up, so too are seasonal jobs.
The growth was propelled by booming orders of high-priced aerospace equipment.
India Rising, Off the Grid: A booming suburb of New Delhi has become the symbol for development in India.
Every year, DJ Earworm puts together a video mashup that sums up the year in music, and he has just released his 'United State of Pop (World Go Boom)' for 2011.
The Booming Business of Ellen DeGeneres: From Broke and Banished to Daytime's Top Earner .
At least not in the case of two high-profile Buckeyes (Boom Herron, DeVier Posey) both of whom are slated to play in next month's Gator Bowl.
Ridl said he came out of a shed in time to see his father, who was standing on the ground operating the boom's levers, get electrocuted .
The Elver Park Fireworks July 3rd, Rhythm & Booms June 30th.
Environmental studies program booming in popularity.
Staying up on Oklahoma's booming energy sector.
The beats go boom on Sunday, March 7, at 10 pm, $7-$15.
The Prentice/ Epsilon line of knuckle boom self-loaders is available in two models: the standard L-boom and the Z-boom, which folds up to save space on the trailer.
A natural gas liquids boom stemming from development of US shale plays will spur investments in export-related petrochemical plans targeting Latin American market, Energy Security Analysis Inc (ESAI) said in a recent report.
We'll Split Rent Evenly and Other Roommate Lies of Post-Boom New York.
Biofuels booming business in small town.

In science:

A model for the formation of a boom followed by a crash was also developed by Veldkamp (2005), where the price of an unknown company can rise only slowly due to infrequent news coverage.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
If the company performs well resulting in a slow boom, its susceptibility towards news increases as the media become more aware of the successful company so that, eventually, a single piece of bad news can induce a sudden crash.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Although the sub ject of research is the same, we show how a boom can also be formed with news not being constantly positive and that a single piece of bad news does not necessarily lead to the burst a bubble.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
The Pioneer spacecraft have their RTG mounted on booms somewhat behind their high gain antennae.
Comment on ``Indication, from Pioneer 10/11, Galileo and Ulysses Data, of an Apparent Anomalous, Weak, Long-Range Acceleration''
Furthermore, the IMAGE satellite has flown with 500 m tip-to-tip booms for two years now (Burch 2003). A log-periodic antenna operates well over a wide wavelength range determined by the minimum and maximum length of the antenna rods.
Motivation and possibilities of affordable low-frequency radio interferometry in space