• Worker brood and queen cells
    Worker brood and queen cells
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v brood sit on (eggs) "Birds brood","The female covers the eggs"
    • v brood think moodily or anxiously about something
    • v brood be in a huff; be silent or sullen
    • v brood be in a huff and display one's displeasure "She is pouting because she didn't get what she wanted"
    • v brood hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"
    • n brood the young of an animal cared for at one time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brood (Mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
    • Brood Kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock; having young; as, a brood sow.
    • Brood Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.
    • Brood That which is bred or produced; breed; species. "Flocks of the airy brood ,Cranes, geese or long-necked swans)."
    • Brood The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens. "As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.""A hen followed by a brood of ducks."
    • Brood The young from the same dam, whether produced at the same time or not; young children of the same mother, especially if nearly of the same age; offspring; progeny; as, a woman with a brood of children. "The lion roars and gluts his tawny brood ."
    • Brood To cherish with care.
    • Brood To have the mind dwell continuously or moodily on a subject; to think long and anxiously; to be in a state of gloomy, serious thought; -- usually followed by over or on; as, to brood over misfortunes. "Brooding on unprofitable gold.""Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit.""When with downcast eyes we muse and brood ."
    • Brood To sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to warm and protect them; hence, to sit quietly, as if brooding. "Birds of calm sir brooding on the charmed wave."
    • Brood To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens.
    • Brood To think anxiously or moodily upon. "You'll sit and brood your sorrows on a throne."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brood Offspring; progeny.
    • n brood A hatch; the young birds hatched in one nest, or those placed together in the care of one hen, or in an artificial brooder: as, a brood of chickens or of ducks.
    • n brood That which is bred; species generated; that which is produced; hence, figuratively, sort or kind.
    • n brood In mining, any heterogeneous mixture with tin or copper ore, as mundic or black-jack.
    • n brood A north of Scotland name for salmon-fry.
    • n brood Synonyms Covey, etc. See flock.
    • brood To sit persistently on eggs, covering and warming them with the body and wings, for the purpose of hatching them: said of birds.
    • brood To rest fixedly like a brooding bird.
    • brood To meditate long and anxiously; remain a long time in anxiety or solicitous thought; have the mind dwelling persistently on a subject: with on or over.
    • brood To sit over, cover, and cherish: as, a hen broods her chicks; hence, to nourish.
    • brood To cherish with care.
    • brood To ponder over; plan or mature with care: as, “to brood war,”
    • brood An obsolete form of broad.
    • n brood Oyster spat in the second year of development.
    • brood To incubate: as, brooded eggs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Brood brōōd to sit upon or cover in order to breed or hatch: to hatch: to cover, as with wings: to mature or foster with care: to meditate moodily upon
    • v.i Brood to sit as a hen on eggs: to hover over: to think anxiously for some time: to meditate silently (with on, over): to be bred
    • n Brood something bred: offspring, children, or family: a race, kind: parentage: the number hatched at once
    • adj Brood for breeding, as in brood-mare, &c
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  • 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
    “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
    “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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brod, AS. brōd,; akin to D. broed, OHG. bruot, G. brut, and also to G. brühe, broth, MHG. brüeje, and perh. to E. brawn, breath,. Cf. Breed (v. t.)


In literature:

Suddenly, on her brooding, there broke a wave of excitement.
"Marriage à la mode" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He had been brooding on this all night, and he wanted to go on brooding now.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
In the meanwhile poor Lucretia was brooding over her life in a most dangerous fashion.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
But don't let us brood on the past.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
A favorite subject of her discourse was the Evil One, who lived, so she told us, in our attic, with his wife and brood.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
He was still brooding over it when the broad-backed butcher they call Il Drudo slammed him on the back.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
She brooded there a minute or two, tapping her teeth with her thumbnail.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
It is a different thing from the Meadow spittle bug and has two broods instead of one.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
When the young are hatched out, the proud mother leads forth the brood and shows unmistakable pride and affection in her children.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
His face was grim, his eyes brooding.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service

In poetry:

Heavy hangs the rain-drop
From the burdened spray;
Heavy broods the damp mist
On uplands far away.
"The Two Children Pt 1" by Emily Jane Bronte
Hope that from speckled eggs
Fledglings will grow;
Brood o'er the speckled eggs—
Soon time will show.
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
Sometimes a nest, where weary things,
And weal; and shy,
Are brooded under mother wings
Till they can fly.
"Within" by Susan Coolidge
Vast broods the silence of night,
The ruinous moon
Lifts on our faces her light,
Whence all dreaming is gone.
"The Old Men" by Walter de la Mare
The letter fails, and systems fall,
And every symbol wanes;
The Spirit over-brooding all
Eternal Love remains.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The letter fails, the systems fall,
And every symbol wanes;
The Spirit over brooding all,
Eternal Love remains.
"Immortal love, forever full" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

We've seen the same old story a hundred different times, whether it's a young woman torn between her love for two brooding vampires, or a vampire and a werewolf, or, in 'True Blood 's' case, all three.
In this remake of the 1984 teenpic, a brooding city kid (Kenny Wormald) moves to a conservative village where dancing's been outlawed.
Created on Thursday, 20 September 2012 03:00 Written by Dan Brood.
"PRAGUE THE GOLDEN" was always beautiful, but for the last 21 years the mood was sullen, brooding, resentful.
We find it sort of funny that sunny everygal Jennifer Aniston seems to take on the persona of the dude she's dating — the latest seems to be that of a brooding New Yorker.
Although many Country Music fans might be anxious for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to start a family, the couple isn't planning to add any children to their brood anytime soon.
With that tousled, surfer-dude hair and brooding gaze, who wouldn't want to spend hours poring over photos of him in European magazines and advertisements.
The dark, brooding side of the Seattle scene.
A brooding chamber piece (2000) about a love affair that never quite happens.
The Brooklyn duo Black Marble bring their dark combination of vintage synths, melodic synths, electronic percussion, and brooding vocals to this captivating live performance in support of their 2012 release, 'A Different Arrangement.
No doubt Ms Sorvino wanted more space for her growing brood.
Created on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 22:00 Written by Dan Brood.
The resulting musical effects range from light and energetic to brooding and sultry.
The reigning king of the sport, Ramses (wrestler Cesar Gonzalez), is so nasty he won't even sign autographs for Nacho 's brood of orphans, something his fellow wrestlers find amusing and reasonable.
The other brooding and poetic—both deeply, madly, eternally in love with the same girl.

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
Parental care behaviour declined linearly with brood age, showed a disruption of the hen-brood bond at week 6 post-hatching and was related to prolactin concentration according to a sigmoid function.
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
If the hen is mainly involved in brood care, she will have less time to care about herself.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
The intensity of the hen-brood bond will indicate how much the hen takes care of the ducklings by keeping close proximity with them.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird