• WordNet 3.6
    • v broach bring up a topic for discussion
    • n broach a decorative pin worn by women
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Broach (Masonry) A broad chisel for stonecutting.
    • Broach A clasp for fastening a garment. See Brooch.
    • Broach (Arch) A spire rising from a tower.
    • Broach A spit. "He turned a broach that had worn a crown."
    • Broach A spitlike start, on the head of a young stag.
    • Broach (Mech) A straight tool with file teeth, made of steel, to be pressed through irregular holes in metal that cannot be dressed by revolving tools; a drift.
    • Broach (Mech) A tool of steel, generally tapering, and of a polygonal form, with from four to eight cutting edges, for smoothing or enlarging holes in metal; sometimes made smooth or without edges, as for burnishing pivot holes in watches; a reamer. The broach for gun barrels is commonly square and without taper.
    • Broach An awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at each end, used by thatchers.
    • Broach The pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key.
    • Broach The stick from which candle wicks are suspended for dipping.
    • Broach To cause to begin or break out.
    • Broach To enlarge or dress (a hole), by using a broach.
    • Broach To make public; to utter; to publish first; to put forth; to introduce as a topic of conversation. "Those very opinions themselves had broached ."
    • Broach To open for the first time, as stores. "You shall want neither weapons, victuals, nor aid; I will open the old armories, I will broach my store, and will bring forth my stores."
    • Broach (Masonry) To shape roughly, as a block of stone, by chiseling with a coarse tool.
    • Broach To spit; to pierce as with a spit. "I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's point."
    • Broach To tap; to pierce, as a cask, in order to draw the liquor. Hence: To let out; to shed, as blood. "Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade,
      He bravely broached his boiling bloody breast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n broach A spit.
    • n broach A spear.
    • n broach An awl; a bodkin.
    • n broach A spike; a skewer; a sharp stick; specifically, a rod of sallow, hazel, or other tough and pliant wood, sharpened at each end and bent in the middle, used by thatchers to pierce and fix their work.
    • n broach A spur.
    • n broach A fish-hook.
    • n broach A spike or standard for a candle.
    • n broach A taper; a torch.
    • n broach A spindle; a spool.
    • n broach In architecture, formerly, a spire of any kind; now, specifically, as used in some parts of England and by some writers on architecture, a spire which rises directly from the walls of its tower, without parapets and gutters.
    • n broach A narrow - pointed chisel used by masons for hewing stones.
    • n broach Any tapered boring-bit or drill. Broaches used for boring wood are fluted like the shell-bit, but tapered toward the point; but those used in boring metal are solid, and usually three-, four-, or six-sided. Their common forms are shown in the annexed figures. Broaches are also known as wideners and reamers.
    • n broach A straight steel tool with file-teeth for pressing through irregular holes in metal that cannot be dressed by revolving tools.
    • n broach That part of the stem of a key which projects beyond the bit or web, and enters a socket in the interior of the lock.
    • n broach That pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key.
    • n broach The stick from which candle-wicks are suspended for dipping.
    • n broach A gimlet used in opening casks for sampling their contents.
    • n broach A fitting for an Argand gas-burner.
    • n broach A start, like the end of a spit, on the head of a young stag.
    • n broach A pin or clasp to fasten a garment; specifically, an ornamental pin, clasp, or buckle, and especially a breast-pin, of gold, silver, or other metal, attached to the dress or depending from the neck: in this sense now usually spelled brooch (which see).
    • broach To spit; pierce as with a spit.
    • broach To spur.
    • broach In masonry, to rough-hew.
    • broach To open for the first time for the purpose of taking out something; more especially, to tap or pierce, as a cask in order to draw the liquor: as, to broach a hogshead.
    • broach Hence, figuratively To open, as the mouth for utterance.
    • broach To let out; shed.
    • broach To state or give expression to for the first time; utter; give out; especially, begin conversation or discussion about; introduce by way of topic: as, to broach a theory or an opinion.
    • broach To give a start to; set going.
    • n broach An occasional name for the hurdy-gurdy (which see).
    • n broach In quarrying, a tool used in a machine-drill to break down the walls between a row of boreholes in order to form a continuous channel. Also called broaching-bit.
    • n broach A short-stapled cotton grown in the Broach district of the Bombay Presidency, British India.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Broach brōch a tapering, pointed instrument, used chiefly for boring: a spit: a church spire
    • v.t Broach to pierce as a cask, to tap: to open up or begin: to utter
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. broche, F. broche, fr. LL. brocca,; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. proc, thrust, stab, Gael. brog, awl. Cf. Brooch


In literature:

But the Colonel himself lost his temper two days later when O'Flynn broached the seal set months before on the nearly empty demijohn.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
The Scotchman returned once more to the subject he had broached that morning.
"The Power and the Glory" by Grace MacGowan Cooke
In this booth were casks of ale, free to be broached by any of the archers who might wish to quench their thirst.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
About fifteen years after the death of the Prophet, Othman sent a naval expedition to Thana and Broach on the Bombay coast.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
During the afternoon, as the shadows began to lengthen perceptibly, Steve found occasion to broach the subject to his three chums.
"At Whispering Pine Lodge" by Lawrence J. Leslie
The load of rations must not, save at the last extremity, be broached.
"Sketches of the East Africa Campaign" by Robert Valentine Dolbey
Neither felt any wish to revive that subject; and, as for Maud, bitterly did she regret ever having broached it.
"Wyandotte" by James Fenimore Cooper
But he is lively and human enough as soon as the subject of Egyptian antiquities is broached.
"The Vanishing Man" by R. Austin Freeman
Coughs and scowls passed unheeded, and at last in a hesitating voice, he broached the subject himself.
"The Old Man of the Sea" by W.W. Jacobs
Coughs and scowls passed unheeded, and at last in a hesitating voice, he broached the subject himself.
"Ship's Company, The Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs

In poetry:

"What joy the raptured youth can fell,
To hear her love the loved one tell -
Or he, who broaches on his steel
The wolf, by whom his infant fell!
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott
When Drake must bid to Plymouth Hoe
Good-bye for many a day,
And some were sad and feared to go,
And some that dared not stay,
Be sure he bade them broach the best,
And raised his tankard with the rest.
"Laudabunt Alii" by Sir Henry Newbolt
When th'earth was dry, thou mad'st a sea of wet:
When that lay gather'd, thou didst broach the mountains:
When yet some places could no moisture get,
The windes grew gard'ners, and the clouds good fountains.
"Providence" by George Herbert
Then one of the crew, observing that the steamer had broached to,
Immediately went on deck to see what he could do,
And he tried hard to keep her head to the sea,
But the big waves dashed over her furiously.
"The Terrific Cyclone of 1893" by William Topaz McGonagall
Sir, if it be your wisdom's aim
To make me merrier than I am,
I'll be all night at your devotion ——
Come on, Friend; broach the pleasing notion;
But if you would depress my thought,
Your System is not worth a groat ——
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto III." by Matthew Prior
Pat M'Ginnis, put your coat on! PUT IT ON! you loafing sod!
Thought I wasn't looking, did you? but you can't 'ave me, begawd!
Don't I catch you broaching cargo? When I start to steal a hat,
I won't set about it, sonny, in a clumsy way like that.
"The Blazing Star" by Edwin James Brady

In news:

When it comes to this week's column, I am really struggling to figure out the best way to broach this past weekend.
Rotary Broaching on a Bridgeport .
See how to Rotary Broach a hex (hexagon) form using a Bridgeport vertical milling machine and a rotary broach and rotary broach tool holder from Polygon Solutions.
She broached the subject of Christie 's weight gingerly.
Schools have broached the possibility of Darez attending a prep school or a local community college in the fall of 2013 and then gray-shirting in the spring 2014 semester.
After telling his parents he was gay in the second grade, Kressley said he didn't broach the subject again until he was 30 years old, and about to star in Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
So it's a compromise for Republicans to simply broach the subject.
Today, I want to broach a totally different subject: dropped interceptions.
Town Council agreed to broach the issue during next year's budget discussions .
Now he humbly — and once again with great good humor — broaches the diet & exercise craze.
Well connected in Washington, a source broached the idea that bipartisanship can and does work in the nation's Capitol.
This time, a fellow from Pennsylvania broached the topic of discussion.
According to the Associated Press, Adam Dale Broach of Notasulga, Tenn.
The two men have debated publicly around the county this week, broaching topics such as county debt and spending.
I'm positive that my wife was a victim of incest, but I don't know how to broach the subject or how to help her.

In science:

After saying why, I will broach the more general (and I think, more important) issue of how plausible is an extreme pointil lisme like Lewis’ Humean supervenience.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The matches presented require one to adopt as flux quantum in the present circumstances a value of h/e rather than h/2e, as is highlighted in the text and as very recently broached in the theoretical literature by Vakaryuk .
Elucidation of the origins of HTSC transport behaviour and quantum oscillations
While we do not broach this question here, it is reasonable to expect that our results could provide a route forward by supplying a more concrete description of permutation that avoid these patterns.
Enumerating indices of Schubert varieties defined by inclusions
We acknowledge many informative discussions with James Broach, Bradley Cairns, Marc Gartenberg, Vincenzo Pirrotta and John Widom.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
What does it mean to say that the total-LFE is ‘fundamental’? Belot never broaches this difficult issue, and there is good reason to demand an analysis.
Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics