noun \ˈblüm\

Definition of BLOOM

:  a mass of wrought iron from the forge or puddling furnace
:  a bar of iron or steel hammered or rolled from an ingot

Origin of BLOOM

Middle English blome lump of metal, from Old English blōma
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, patina, plate, temper, tensile



Definition of BLOOM

a :  flower
b :  the flowering state <the roses in bloom>
c :  a period of flowering <the spring bloom>
d :  a rapid and excessive growth of a plankton population (as of algae or dinoflagellates) — compare red tide
a :  a state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor
b :  a state or time of high development or achievement <a career in full bloom>
:  a surface coating or appearance: as
a :  a delicate powdery coating on some fruits and leaves
b :  a rosy appearance of the cheeks; broadly :  an outward evidence of freshness or healthy vigor
c :  a cloudiness on a film of varnish or lacquer
d :  a grayish discoloration on chocolate
e :  glare caused by an object reflecting too much light into a television camera

Origin of BLOOM

Middle English blome, from Old Norse blōm; akin to Old English blōwan to blossom — more at blow
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Paints and Dyes Terms

craze, medium, size, vehicle



: to produce flowers

: to change, grow, or develop fully

Full Definition of BLOOM

intransitive verb
a :  to produce or yield flowers
b :  to support abundant plant life <make the desert bloom>
a (1) :  to mature into achievement of one's potential (2) :  to flourish in youthful beauty, freshness, or excellence
b :  to shine out :  glow
:  to appear or occur unexpectedly or in remarkable quantity or degree
:  to become densely populated with microorganisms and especially plankton —used of bodies of water
transitive verb
obsolete :  to cause to bloom
:  to give bloom to

Examples of BLOOM

  1. flowers blooming in the garden
  2. Their love was just beginning to bloom.

First Known Use of BLOOM

13th century

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biographical name \ˈblüm\

Definition of BLOOM

Harold 1930– Am. literary critic
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someone who writes fiction
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