broomstick

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n broomstick the handle of a broom
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Hancock invented a new game on November 30, 1887. It was played like baseball, except a broomstick was used for a bat and a boxing glove was the ball. Since the game was played indoors, it was originally called "indoor." Walter Hakanson later renamed it "softball."
    • n Broomstick A stick used as a handle of a broom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n broomstick The stick or handle of a broom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Broomstick the staff or handle of a broom
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bróm; Ger. bram.

Usage

In literature:

I went to Taffy's house, Taffy was in bed, I took up a broomstick and flung it at his head.
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
True, a broomstick can be grasped between the thumb and index finger, and yet is not very graceful.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
He is said to have charmed the hearts of broomsticks.
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
He stuck his head from behind it and sighted along the broomstick-musket at his father.
"They Twinkled Like Jewels" by Philip José Farmer
I might jump over the moon if I had a broomstick.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
Nail this on a short piece of broomstick and square ends of hair with scissors.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
She grabbed up a broomstick and began to hammer that bear right on his nose, and would you believe me?
"Dave Porter At Bear Camp" by Edward Stratemeyer
I didn't mean the birch, I meant the broomsticks.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
My parents, dey have de broomstick weddin'.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Women are Cleopatras until they are thirty, then they are old witches with broomstick propensities!
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
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In poetry:

Fear not for him, though the rebels expect him,--
Life is too precious to shorten its span;
Woman her broomstick shall raise to protect him,
Will she not fight for the sweet little man?
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"An' women in all kinds o' fancy dresses —
Queens an' princesses — Witches on broomsticks, too — an' spankin' girls
With streamin' curls — An' dragons, an' sea-serpents — Lord knows what
I've seen an' what I've not.
"Figureheads" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Man smashed foe in the head with a broomstick , Morristown cops say.
A man whacked another man in the head with a broomstick , and then was punched in the face, Morristown police said.
A majority of voters fin ally dispelled George Washington's fear that the advent of political parties would mean that if a party "set up a broomstick " as its candidate to suit its purpose, it would command the votes of future Americans.
Quidditch's Title IX (and Three-Quarters): Anyone Can Ride a Broomstick .
Simulation of Quidditch, or Broomstick Riding - 2008.
Depending on which concession stand you purchase it from, the item is called either the "champion hot dog " or "the broomstick".
Witches on broomsticks perusing the meat.
Travis County deputies say a Manor man used needle and thread to sew the wounds of his girlfriend after beating her with a broomstick and holding her against her will.
Many businesses, such as Magic Broomstick Tours in Devonport, James Law Real Estate and Sal's Pizza, use Segways.
Or, 'Grandma got knocked over by a broomstick'.
Harry Potter is on his sleek Nimbus 2000 broomstick, leading us to the Quidditch pitch.
Halloween Horror Nights, Air Show, Broomstick Derby.
Man smashed foe in the head with a broomstick, Morristown cops say.
A man whacked another man in the head with a broomstick, and then was punched in the face, Morristown police said.
Yes, I'm a fan of Angela Lansbury…have been ever since I saw the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
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In science:

This is a 3-layer graph, where the two leftmost layers form a bipartite clique, and the right layer consists of degree-1 nodes, called broomsticks, attached to vertices in the middle layer.
Transitive-Closure Spanners
Each vertex in the middle layer has the same number of broomsticks attached to it.
Transitive-Closure Spanners
All edges are directed from the shadows of the Ai towards the broomsticks (left to right).
Transitive-Closure Spanners
Otherwise (s is in a Bj ), include all shortcuts from s to the broomsticks of Bj .
Transitive-Closure Spanners
By balancing the number of broomsticks with the size of 2-shadows, one can show H has size |S |f (n, k), where f (n, k) is an easily computable function.
Transitive-Closure Spanners
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