bromide

noun
bro·​mide | \ ˈbrō-ˌmīd How to pronounce bromide (audio) \

Definition of bromide

1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (such as potassium bromide) used as sedatives
2a : a commonplace or tiresome person : bore
b : a commonplace or hackneyed statement or notion

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Did You Know?

After bromine was discovered in 1827, chemists could not resist experimenting with the new element. It didn't take long before they found uses for its compounds, in particular potassium bromide. Potassium bromide was used as a sedative to treat everything from epilepsy to sleeplessness, and by the 20th century, bromide was being used figuratively to apply to anything or anyone that might put one to sleep because of commonness or just plain dullness. Today, bromides are no longer an ingredient in sedative preparations, but we can still feel the effects of figurative bromides as we encounter them in our daily routines.

Examples of bromide in a Sentence

His speech had nothing more to offer than the usual bromides about how everyone needs to work together. a newspaper editorial offering the timeworn bromide that people should settle their differences peacefully
Recent Examples on the Web The three drugs are: midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 For years, the Brady bromide was that the quarterback’s favorite receiver was the open one. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Julian Edelman is money, but Tom Brady needs to spread the wealth," 14 Dec. 2019 The three drugs are: midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride. CBS News, "Oklahoma's attorney general says executions will resume after 5 year hold," 13 Feb. 2020 The type of stuff teams can write off with bromides about fresh starts and clean slates. BostonGlobe.com, "Before this, Brown simply had sports baggage — being self-absorbed, selfish, unreliable, and temperamental. The type of stuff teams can write off with bromides about fresh starts and clean slates. The type of stuff fans forgive at the sight of preferred laundry.," 12 Sep. 2019 But patience is waning for Perdue’s sunny bromides in rural America, where farm bankruptcies and loan delinquencies are rising. Washington Post, "Trump’s trade wars are hurting farmers. Can Sonny Perdue keep them happy?," 11 Nov. 2019 Kids love Harry Potter because J.K. Rowling refused to dispense facile bromides and instead trusted them with complexity and ambiguity. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Lightning Thief’ opens on Broadway, all flash and fun," 16 Oct. 2019 Horse hairs had a scaly layer that was absent from those of the rhino, but the researchers were able to strip this away with a solution of lithium bromide. The Economist, "How to forge rhinoceros horn," 14 Nov. 2019 Cue the bromide that the best anti-poverty program is a job. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: The 3.5% jobless rate: America’s long-awaited boom for low-skill workers," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bromide

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Mar 2020

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“Bromide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bromide. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for bromide

bromide

noun
How to pronounce bromide (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bromide

: a drug that makes a person calm
: a statement that is intended to make people feel happier or calmer but that is not original or effective

bromide

noun
bro·​mide | \ ˈbrō-ˌmīd How to pronounce bromide (audio) \

Medical Definition of bromide

1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (as potassium bromide) used as sedatives
2 : a dose of bromide taken usually as a sedative

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