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broach

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noun \ˈbrōch\

Definition of broach

  1. 1 :  brooch wore a lovely broach on her lapel

  2. 2 :  any of various pointed or tapered tools, implements, or parts: such asa :  a spit for roasting meatb :  a tool for tapping casksc :  a cutting tool for removing material from metal or plastic to shape an outside surface or a hole

Origin and Etymology of broach

Middle English broche “pointed instrument, brooch,” borrowed from Anglo-French, “pointed object, brooch, spigot,”going back to Vulgar Latin *brocca, noun derivative from feminine of Latin broccus “prominent, projecting,” of uncertain origin


First Known Use: 13th century

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broach

verb

Definition of broach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to pierce (as a cask) in order to draw the contents; also :  to open for the first timeb :  to open up or break into (as a mine or stores)

  3. 2 :  to shape or enlarge (a hole) with a broach (see 1broach 2c)

  4. 3a :  to make known for the first timeb :  to open up (a subject) for discussion a good time to broach the subject

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to break the surface from below the whale broached

broacher

noun

Origin and Etymology of broach

Middle English brochen “to pierce, skewer (meat), tap (a cask), borrowed from Anglo-French brocher “to prick, spur, stab,” verbal derivative of broche “pointed object” — more at 1broach


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of broach

express, vent, utter, voice, broach, air mean to make known what one thinks or feels. express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces expressed her feelings in music. vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words a tirade venting his frustration. utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech utter a groan. voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words an editorial voicing their concerns. broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion broached the subject of a divorce. air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention publicly airing their differences.

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broach

verb

Definition of broach

  1. intransitive verb
  2. nautical :  to veer or yaw dangerously so as to lie broadside to the waves —often used with to Our ship broached to.

Origin and Etymology of broach

perhaps from 2broach


First Known Use: 1699


BROACH Defined for Kids

broach

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verb \ˈbrōch\

Definition of broach for Students

broached

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broaching

  1. :  to bring up as a subject for discussion She broached an idea.


Medical Dictionary

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broach

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noun \ˈbrōch\

Medical Definition of broach

  1. :  a fine tapered flexible instrument used in dentistry to remove dental pulp and to dress a root canal


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broach

transitive verb

Medical Definition of broach

  1. :  to open (a vein) to draw blood



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