brooding

Definitions

  • Worker brood and queen cells
    Worker brood and queen cells
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj brooding deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"
    • n brooding persistent morbid meditation on a problem
    • n brooding sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brooding Sitting, as a bird on her eggs: as, a brooding hen.
    • brooding Warming: as, “the brooding heat,”
    • brooding Pondering; thinking deeply; disposed to ponder or think deeply: as, a brooding disposition.
    • brooding Settled; rooted; fixed in the heart: a figurative use derived from the steadfastness with which a bird sits on her eggs.
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Quotations

  • Edward Noyes Westcott
    Edward Noyes Westcott
    “A reasonable amount o fleas is good for a dog -- keeps him from brooding over being a dog, maybe.”
  • Uhland
    Uhland
    “Take everything easy and quit dreaming and brooding and you will be well guarded from a thousand evils.”
  • Sri Swami Sivananda
    Sri Swami Sivananda
    “Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    Jeremy%20Taylor
    “He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.”
  • Eben Eugene Rexford
    Eben Eugene Rexford
    “Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “Now we suffer the evils of a long peace; luxury more cruel than war broods over us and avenges a conquered world.”

Usage

In literature:

The solemnity of the night, its brooding aloofness in which they held so small a part, chilled the girl's high self-reliance.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
It is a device to soothe jumping nerves, to deaden pain, to chase away brooding.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
A death-like stillness brooded over the woods and fields.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The Shanghai mother was now roaming the fields with her brood, and there was rich picking in the wheat-stubble.
"Among the Farmyard People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
It would have been better to go and have done with it, than to brood over not having gone.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
A lonesome, brooding land, the home of a vast and seldom-broken silence.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
For an hour before the Hannah reached Katma Miss O'Neill was busy getting her little brood ready.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
I confess to a tender feeling for my little brood of thoughts.
"The Arena" by Various
The Dove of Peace brooded over the company.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
The conversation with Glastonbury had raised a thousand thoughts over which he longed to brood.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Sick at heart, she sat for hours brooding over what would happen if Roland was arrested.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
It may also be fed with much advantage to brood sows and other swine in winter.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
His purpose, lying deeper, I could not divine; it was plain though he brooded not that kind of quarrel.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
When three of a brood have gone from the home nest, they pull hard on the heartstrings of the mother.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Like the sparrow, it is ever ready to rear up its brood in a hole in the wall of a house.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Picture all her brood of little Quayles incontinently converted into little monks and nuns with shaven heads!
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Hoddan drank sour wine and brooded.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
His sensitive spirit, brooding over a pitiful lameness, had hidden from the world behind a frowning brow like a wounded animal.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Visiting the hives in the beginning of July, I found much brood, but wholly consisting of the worms and nymphs of males.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
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In poetry:

Now that cedars, taper-wise,
Tincture delicately skies--
Smokes of fragrance darkly brood
Over cactus torpitude.
"Cactus Bloom" by Norman MacLeod
The Chinese "Way" one watcher sees,
And one a Brooding Dove,
One Baldur, Buddh or Socrates-
But always It is Love.
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
Not a bird disturbs the air!
There is quiet everywhere;
Over plains and over woods
What a mighty stillness broods.
"A Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest" by Charles Harpur
What nameless horror of the past
Broods here forevermore?
What ghost his unforgiven sin
Is grinding o'er and o'er?
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But here I lie and dream and brood,
By Cameron's simple stone,
With all the soul of solitude
In converse with my own.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
All day the bride, as overborne,
Was seen to brood apart,
And that the shoes had not been worn
Sat heavy on her heart.
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Tom Turkey watches over his brood.
Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins star in this brooding remake of the 1940s horror classic, 'The Wolf Man .
The famous Decorah eagles have lost another member from their 2012 brood.
Due to widespread drought, many brood areas were negatively affected, while those close to irrigated cropland succeeded, creating a complicated season for those looking for wing-shooting opportunity.
After spending Thanksgiving with his brood in London, the actor will says he'll be having a very merry Christmas in LA with all three of his children.
It's widely believed that cynics are brooding, caustic people.
Daniel Craig is the James Bond who bleeds — and broods.
Christian Bale's finely drawn Batman, meanwhile, is a darker and more brooding character than we've seen in past outings.
Rotation with Augstine B. Dee and company brood and overcome on this stellar EP.
They dream, brood, kick ass, and write damn good songs.
Male meat-eating dinosaurs such as Troodon, shown in this image, are among the dinosaurs that scientists say guarded nests and brooded developing eggs much the way some birds do today.
The eyes that are doves in this compelling exhibit are in the end our eyes, searching, restless and, as Stevens would have it, brooding.
Portland shoegaze revivalists Anne can turn even the gloomiest sentiments into soft tufts of chiming, swoon-worthy brood-pop.
Rodney and Renee Brooks could have fled the community with their brood, but they put down roots and raised six exemplary children — proving a point in the process.
The actress and Dean McDermott welcome a boy – Finn Davey – to their brood.
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In science:

Species with large broods tend to have wingless males, while species with small broods tend to have winged males.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Only if a non-breeder harms them or their brood, do they respond with aggression [128].
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Keywords: prolactin, hen-brood bond, post-hatching period, Anatidae. INTRODUCTION In birds, parental care behaviour is a key concept of parental investment.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
From these data it could be concluded that if prolactin is still involved in parental care after hatching in such species, plasma levels of prolactin should be correlated with the intensity of the hen-brood bond and be maintained above a threshold value.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Hens were not separated from the brood for more than 10 minutes.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Ducklings were caught as groups of 3 or less so that the female was always in contact with some of her brood. Hormone assays Hormonal plasma levels were determined by radio-immunoassay.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Parental care duration and strength were not related to the brood size nor to the hatching date (F1,6 < 1.48, NS).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
In agreement with this latter observation, changes in time spent alert according to the brood age gave controversial results among duck species (see Pietz and Buhl, 1999 for a review).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
In agreement with the leadership character of hen and ducklings, females spent most of their time being close to the brood during the first 5 weeks post-hatching.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
At that time the frequency of approach attempts by the brood towards the female was also lowered and, interestingly, the ducklings gathered less.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
This could lead to possible energy and nutritional conflicts with brood rearing at least in late breeders (Ringelman et al., 1982; Hohman et al., 1992).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
In our study, body moult (along the sides and flanks) that begun globally in early July, whatever the age of the brood, did not impair the parental care behaviour, and vice versa.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
External stimuli are important factors stimulating prolactin secretion which in turn increase readiness to brood care.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Acta XX Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici, 2063-2071. Gollop, J.B., Marshall, W.H., 1954. A guide for aging duck broods in the field. Mississippi Flyway Council Technical Section. 14pp.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Shared and unshared parental investment parent-offspring conflict and brood size.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
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