broker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v broker act as a broker
    • n broker a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only three horses who had never previously won a race earned their first victories at the Kentucky Derby. They were Buchanan in 1884, Sir Barton in 1919 and Brokers Tip in 1933.
    • Broker A dealer in money, notes, bills of exchange, etc.
    • Broker A dealer in secondhand goods.
    • Broker A pimp or procurer.
    • Broker (Law) An agent employed to effect bargains and contracts, as a middleman or negotiator, between other persons, for a compensation commonly called brokerage. He takes no possession, as broker, of the subject matter of the negotiation. He generally contracts in the names of those who employ him, and not in his own.
    • Broker One who transacts business for another; an agent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n broker A middleman or agent who, for a commission or rate per cent. on the value of the transaction, negotiates for others the purchase or sale of stocks, bonds, commodities, or property of any kind, or who attends to the doing of something for another. Brokers are of several kinds, according to the particular branch of business to which their attention is confined, as stock-brokers, exchange-brokers, bill-brokers, cotton-brokers, ship-brokers, etc. See these words.
    • n broker One who lends money on pledges, or lets out articles for hire; a pawnbroker, or a lender of goods.
    • n broker A pimp or procurer; a pander.
    • n broker One who has ‘gone broke’; a ‘dead broke,’ ruined, or bankrupt man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Broker brōk′ėr one employed to buy and sell for others: a second-hand dealer: a pander: a commissioner
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Quotations

  • Honore De Balzac
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    “I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stock broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brocour, from a word akin to broken, bruken, to use, enjoy, possess, digest, fr. AS. brūcan, to use, enjoy; cf. Fries. broker, F. brocanteur,. See Brook (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. brocour—A.S. brucan; Ger. brauchen, to use, to profit.

Usage

In literature:

Rich bankers and brokers had shaken hands with him and praised him for what he had done.
"Halsey & Co." by H. K. Shackleford
A broker's clerk he did not long remain, however.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
It may be mentioned here that John Garwell was a real estate broker.
"From Farm to Fortune" by Horatio Alger Jr.
The broker was still at the Stock Exchange.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
I had to tell the captain, but he said he would keep his mouth shut, for he didn't like the stock-broker any more than I did.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
Yes, Kent, had seen the broker's receipt.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He went up to the table where the broker was seated.
"Chester Rand" by Horatio Alger, Jr
At first, after the fatal slump, Gilmartin importuned his brokers to let him speculate on credit, in a small way.
"The Tipster" by Edwin Lefevre
In other words, he was a Manufacturers' Broker.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
On the envelope was the printed address of a real-estate broker in Brooklyn.
"The Telegraph Boy" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
How about shifting me to a delay space until I can talk to some brokers?
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
At lunch one day he happened to mention that he had been talking to his broker.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
Nearly every other shop there belongs to a money broker or money changer.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
I had known since the day I heard myself telling the New York broker.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
The situation my father had obtained for me was with a sugar broker by the name of Waterbury.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
The shipping broker who had hired him had been searching in his inquiries as to Mayo's knowledge of the byways of the coast.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
I think I shall prefer him to a broker.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Why not sell them through a broker and get your full profit?
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
I expect that blamed mortgage-broker has got a very strong hold on him.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
I thought all of them brokers was speculators, and I knew lots of 'em was solid with money.
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
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In poetry:

Home of brokers, bummers, clerks,
Nest of sharpers, mining sharks,
Dried up lakes and desert parks,
Westralia!
"Ode to West Australia" by Anonymous Oceania
The flag that floated from the dome
Flapped menace in the morning air;
I stood a perilled stranger where
The human broker made his home.
"Astræa at the Capitol" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade—
Each working the grindstone in turn:
But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed
No interest in the concern:
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade—
Each working the grindstone in turn:
But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed
No interest in the concern:
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll
Beside a frugal table, though spotless clean and white,
A loving couple they did sit and all seemed pleasant, quite;
They did not have no servant the things away to take,
For he was but a broker who much money did not make.
"I Cannot Pay That Premium" by Franklin Pierce Adams
I never have time to half finish my eating
Ere Merdle is done; such a fidget is then,
He'd starve me I think rather 'n miss of a meeting
Where brokers preside o'er the fate of the stocks,
As Pales presided o'er shepherds and flocks.
"Mrs. Merdle, Having "Nibbled A Little" For Two Hours At Dinner, Retireth From The Table Unsatisfied" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

The expansion will add about 100 usable acres to Starpointe's development footprint, broker Sally Flynn says.
Gertrude de Ponton d'Amecourt, Washington hostess and real estate broker, dies at 102.
Patrick Kerscher, a principal broker with Landmark Commercial Real Estate, closed a rare deal earlier this week when he sold a multi-tenant retail building at Research and Union boulevards.
The breakfast room at the Loews Regency Hotel, featuring $24 omelets, $8 coffee and power brokers.
The Loews Regency Hotel's famous — and pricey — power-broker breakfast will soon relocate to the restaurant Park Avenue, The Post has learned.
The 11.0 version is designed to give carriers and brokers new tools to manage service levels in addition to new analysis and accounting tools.
Stricken by sectarian warfare and still reeling from the 2005 murder of its former Prime Minister, the Mediterranean nation brokers a fragile peace.
Swinton Commercial, one of the UK's leading business insurance brokers, is advising businesses to safeguard themselves against criminals who are looting flooded premises , as torrential downpours leave thousands affected across the UK.
We are NOT an FMO, IMO, Broker Dealer or Wirehouse.
Broker Calls the House 'Mean.
Would you complain about the future costs of stocks due to the fines your broker must pay.
Seeks to prop up Kandahar governor, sideline troublesome power brokers.
Gwinnett Gold Brokers of Buford recently began looking for a partner to join them in expansion to accomodate dramatic increase in market activity.
Grubb brokers pull together in bankruptcy.
President al-Assad has agreed to pull back troops as part of a UN-brokered peace plan next week.
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In science:

The broker matches clients with host machines for running computations. A key design feature of this architecture is that the host software runs completely at the user level, and only requires that registered machines have a Web browser that can run untrusted code, such as Java applets.
Cluster Computing White Paper
An ontology agent together with a broker agent provide the basic support for enabling the agents to interconnect and intercommunicate.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
The Broker agent maintains a knowledge base of information that all the other agents advertise about themselves, and uses this knowledge to match agents with requested services.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
Within the InfoSleuth system, the agents themselves are organized into layers, with the broker and ontology agents serving all of the other agents.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
The broker agent, who is responsible for pairing agents seeking for a service with agents that can perform that service, is partially implemented in the logical deductive Database language LDL++ [203].
Information Integration and Computational Logic
Information Brokers: Gathering Information from Heterogeneous Information Sources.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
Semantic Brokering over Dynamic Heterogeneous Data Sources in InfoSleuth.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
Some progresses have been made recently with the analysis of transactions in Spanish stock market aggregated by brokers , hence with mesoscale resolution.
Turnover, account value and diversification of real traders: evidence of collective portfolio optimizing behavior
The fee structure of most brokers is not set in stone and can be negotiated. A frequent request is to have a flat fee, i.e. a fixed cost per transaction corresponding to a constant function.
Turnover, account value and diversification of real traders: evidence of collective portfolio optimizing behavior
The return of the portfolio can be decomposed into contributions from risky assets (stocks, derivatives, etc.), the interests of the amount kept in cash, and the total relative cost of broker commission, which we denote as R = Rrisky + Rcash − Rcost .
Turnover, account value and diversification of real traders: evidence of collective portfolio optimizing behavior
Whereas previous works only considered special cases for F that are not compatible with the fees structure of Swissquote, we need to introduce a cost function that can accommodate all the standard broker commission schemes.
Turnover, account value and diversification of real traders: evidence of collective portfolio optimizing behavior
We will first assume that agents seek the optimal fraction of their account value x∗ to invest in N securities—N being known—given the risk free rate r and broker commission F (xiW ).
Turnover, account value and diversification of real traders: evidence of collective portfolio optimizing behavior
The Resource Broker acts as an intermediary between the application and a set of resources. It is the responsibility of the Resource Broker to negotiate and find suitable resources according to the application’s resource requirement.
A Multi-agent Framework for Performance Tuning in Distributed Environment
Each type of agents is part of either the Resource Broker, or the Job Controller, or the Analyzer, or the Performance Tuner. Our system uses three types of functional agents, which are described below. Broker Agent: The Broker Agent resides in the Resource Broker component.
A Multi-agent Framework for Performance Tuning in Distributed Environment
Broker Agent matches the JRL with the RSTs and finds suitable resources for a particular job. Analysis Agent: Analysis agent resides in the Analyzer and evaluates performance properties and detects performance problems.
A Multi-agent Framework for Performance Tuning in Distributed Environment
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