broom

Definitions

  • Charlie holding the broom that saved him
    Charlie holding the broom that saved him
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v broom finish with a broom
    • v broom sweep with a broom or as if with a broom "Sweep the crumbs off the table","Sweep under the bed"
    • n broom a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle
    • n broom common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
    • n broom any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers
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Making brooms from brushwood at Antibes for use on army roads Making brooms from brushwood at Antibes for use on army roads

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Broom (Bot) A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers. "No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom ."
    • Broom An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom.
    • v. t Broom (Naut) See Bream.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n broom The popular name of several plants, mostly leguminous shrubs, characterized by long, slender branches and numerous yellow flowers. The common or Irish broom is the Cytisus (Genista) scoparius, abundant throughout Europe, and famous as the planta genista (French plante genêt) which was the badge of the Plan-tagenets. It is a valuable remedy in dropsy, being one of the most efficient of hydragogues, and its seeds are used as a substitute for coffee. Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) is a closely allied species, as is also the dyer's broom (Genista tinctoria), which was formerly much used as a yellow dye and as the basis of the once celebrated Kendal green. See cuts under Cytisus and Genista.
    • n broom A besom, or brush with a long handle, for sweeping floors, etc.: so called from being originally made of the broom-plant. Brooms are now made in Europe of this and various other materials; and in the United States their manufacture from broom-corn is an important business. A broom at the masthead of a vessel indicates that she is for sale, a sign derived probably from the old habit of displaying boughs at shops and taverns.
    • broom To sweep, or clear away, as with a broom.
    • broom Same as bream.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Broom brōōm a name given to a number of species of shrubs of the closely allied genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium: a besom made of its twigs
    • v.t Broom to sweep with a broom
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Quotations

  • Mother Teresa
    Mother%20Teresa
    “There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough.”
  • Zora Neale Hurston
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel.”

Idioms

Jump the broom - To jump the broom is to marry. (Jump over the broom, jump over the broomstick, jump the broomstick are also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brom, brome, AS. brōm,; akin to LG. bram, D. brem, OHG. brāmo, broom, thornbush, G. brombeere, blackberry. Cf. Bramble (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Knows a broom's a broom, and knows it's wicked to tell a lie.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
From forward came the musical swish of brooms and water as the bare-legged watch scrubbed decks.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Whisk brooms are useful only when an extra-vigorous treatment is desired.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Various broom-stuffs used in breaming.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Make witches' brooms by tying slashed paper tied on any old sticks or brooms to give the effect.
"Armour's Monthly Cook Book, Volume 2, No. 12, October 1913" by Various
It was the old broom-woman.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
Test with a broom straw; when it comes out of the meringue clean it is done.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Sam made a broom out of willow branches; Jack cut some poles, out of which he designed to make a chair after supper.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Ef 'e no come 'pon you in da' crik, dun 'e come 'pon you in da' broom-grass.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
She was in the passage, gleefully dancing, with a broom for a partner.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
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In poetry:

Soft feathers fluff
in a lean wind, rough
as a rasp in the leaves’ green,
brooming the earth clean.
"Small Bird Singing In A Bush" by Tatamkhulu Afrika
Oh the Broom, the yellow Broom,
The ancient poet sung it,
And dear it is on summer days
To lie at rest among it.
"The Broom Flower" by Mary Botham Howitt
There was a knight and lady bright
Set trysts amo the broom,
The one to come at morning eav,
The other at afternoon.
"The Broomfield Hill" by Andrew Lang
Would thou wert a broom once more!
Streams renew'd for ever
Quickly bringeth he;
River after river
Rusheth on poor me!
"The Pupil In Magic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
She was a housewife in her yard,
Tending her husband's place;
The broom was busy in her hand,
The goodness in her face.
"The Bachelor" by John Crowe Ransom
But now my torpid fancy wakes,
And, on thy Eagle's plume,
Rides forth, like Sindbad on his bird,
Or witch upon her broom!
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Broome Street stretches from SoHo to the Lower East Side.
Lions Club broom sale.
The Richmond Hill Lions Club will have a broom sale fund raiser outside Kroger on Ford Avenue in Richmond Hill 10 a.m.-2 pm Oct 27.
Director banking on a clean sweep of Monkhouse's 'Broome.
PHILADELPHIA — Mariachi Imports recently appointed Design FX as representative and distributor of its lines of Mad Mats outdoor rugs and Sweep Dreams brooms.
The north-south pipeline would run about 75 miles from Morrisville in Monroe County, across Chenango County, to Windsor in Broome County, where it would connect with the Millennium Pipeline.
Tightly wrap the uncut strip around the bottom of a pretzel stick to create the broom handle.
Bill Mott wouldn't mind getting the broom out for another sweep.
Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nassau Community College scored early and often en route to a 20-4 win over Broome Community College in women's lacrosse.
Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Norfolk Admirals defeated the Binghamton Senators 3-1 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night.
Those interested in helping are asked to meet in the parking lot of Boyer's Market and bring gloves, rakes and brooms.
They had to sweep the lines of with brooms last Friday, November 2 nd for the District Final game.
Binghamton, Broome County, NYS, PA or comment on this one below.
Broome County (NY) will operate a diner in the new Greater Binghamton Transportation Center, a bus terminal located in downtown Binghamton, because the federal funding that.
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In science:

As was shown in Argasinski and Broom (2012) background fitness can seriously affect the dynamics.
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
Especially from the point of view of the event based approach introduced in Argasinski and Broom (2012), background fitness should be rather the outcome of independent interactions not linked with a game.
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
Thus whilst background payoffs of the different type as discussed in Argasinski and Broom (2012) was a plausible way to first consider background fitness in our model, a more natural, and we would argue better, way is the one we shall use in this paper.
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
The effect of background fitness can be modelled more intuitively by different types of events occurring at different rates (the rate of occurrence of the ith type of event will be labelled τ i ) , which is a generalization of the approach presented in Appendix 1 of Argasinski and Broom (2012).
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
Let us compare the general size equations using the different approaches to the background mortality, where b1 is the approach used in Argasinski and Broom (2012) and b2 is the new approach from the section above.
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
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