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brood

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noun \ˈbrüd\

Definition of brood

  1. 1 :  the young of an animal or a family of young; especially :  the young (as of a bird or insect) hatched or cared for at one time a hen with her brood of chicks

  2. 2 :  a group having a common nature or origin the entire brood of chronicle plays — T. S. Eliot

  3. 3 :  the children of a family takes their brood to church every Sunday

Examples of brood in a sentence

  1. a hen and her brood of chicks

  2. Mrs. Smith took her brood to church every Sunday.

Origin and Etymology of brood

Middle English, from Old English brōd; akin to Middle High German bruot brood and perhaps to Old English beorma yeast — more at barm


First Known Use: before 12th century


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brood

adjective

Definition of brood

  1. :  kept for breeding (see 1breed 3) a brood flock

Origin and Etymology of brood

Middle English brod- (in compounds), attributive use of brod, brood 1brood


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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brood

verb

Definition of brood

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to sit on or incubate (eggs)b :  to produce by or as if by incubation :  hatch

  3. 2 of a bird :  to cover (young) with the wings

  4. 3 :  to think anxiously or gloomily about :  ponder I used to brood these things on my walk — Christopher Morley

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1a of a bird :  to brood eggs or youngb :  to sit quietly and thoughtfully :  meditate

  7. 2 :  hover, loom the old fort brooding above the valley

  8. 3a :  to dwell gloomily on a subject brooded over his mistakeb :  to be in a state of depression sat brooding in her room

broodingly

play \ˈbrü-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of brood in a sentence

  1. He brooded over his mistake.

  2. After the argument, she sat in her bedroom, brooding.

Origin and Etymology of brood

Middle English broden, verbal derivative of brod, brood 1brood


First Known Use: 15th century


BROOD Defined for English Language Learners

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brood

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noun \ˈbrüd\

Definition of brood for English Language Learners

  • : a group of young birds (such as chickens) that were all born at the same time

  • : the children in someone's family


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brood

verb

Definition of brood for English Language Learners

  • : to think a lot about something in an unhappy way


BROOD Defined for Kids

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brood

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verb \ˈbrüd\

Definition of brood for Students

brooded

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brooding

  1. 1 :  to sit on eggs to hatch them

  2. 2 :  to cover (young) with the wings for warmth and protection a hen brooding her chicks

  3. 3 :  to think long and anxiously about something She brooded over her mistake.


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brood

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noun

Definition of brood for Students

  1. 1 :  the young of birds hatched at the same time a brood of chicks

  2. 2 :  a group of young children or animals having the same mother


Medical Dictionary

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brood

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noun \ˈbrüd\

Medical Definition of brood

  1. :  the young of an animal or a family of young; especially :  the young (as of a bird or insect) hatched or cared for at one time


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brood

verb

Medical Definition of brood

  1. 1a:  to sit on or incubate (eggs)b:  to produce by or as if by incubation

  2. 2:  to think anxiously or gloomily about

  3. 1

  4. intransitive verb

  5. of a bird :  to brood eggs or young

  6. 2a:  to dwell gloomily on a subjectb:  to be in a state of depression



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