bromide

noun bro·mide \ ˈbrō-ˌmīd \

Definition of bromide

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

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Examples of bromide in a Sentence

  1. His speech had nothing more to offer than the usual bromides about how everyone needs to work together.

  2. a newspaper editorial offering the timeworn bromide that people should settle their differences peacefully

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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.

First Known Use of bromide

1830

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BROMIDE Defined for English Language Learners

bromide

noun

Definition of bromide for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

bromide

noun bro·mide \ ˈbrō-ˌmīd \

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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