broom

noun
\ ˈbrüm , ˈbru̇m \

Definition of broom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers especially : scotch broom
2 : a bundle of firm stiff twigs or fibers bound together on a long handle especially for sweeping

broom

verb
broomed; brooming; brooms

Definition of broom (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to sweep with or as if with a broom
2 : to finish (something, such as a concrete surface) by means of a broom

Examples of broom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is the sort of film in which the first few minutes are just a long, slow shot of water being brushed across a cobblestone driveway by a broom. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma is coming to Netflix on Friday. You should still see it in a theater.," 11 Dec. 2018 Do sweepers generate more power by holding the broom upright or at an angle? Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Engineering Marvel of the Winter Olympics: A Broom," 6 Feb. 2018 After the weaving is done, each rug is brought here to be washed over and over again with water, brushed with brooms, and later hung out to dry in the sun. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How Moroccan Rugs Are Made: Weaving With Women in the Atlas Mountains," 19 Nov. 2018 Step 9 Use a large exterior broom to sweep bedding material over the surface of the patio to fill in the joints. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Beautiful Bluestone Patio in One Afternoon," 23 Sep. 2016 Stryker immediately recognized the brilliance of the picture of Watson with her broom, but knew the FSA could not use it. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950’ Review: Young Talent in Black and White," 5 Dec. 2018 The camera locks on a stone driveway as water is splashed across it, then a broom is pushed back and forth, washing the stones. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 Up to and after debut, [these] skinny kids all crammed in a studio the size of a broom closet. Aja Romano, Vox, "BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained," 24 Aug. 2018 The expansive foyer was previously occupied by three maid's rooms, a butler's pantry, and a broom closet. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Lisa Perry's New York Entry Hall," 4 Sep. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

V-6 Deep-Sixed Nissan has broomed the V-6 engine as the step-up powertrain offering, replacing it with a turbocharged inline-four. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, "2019 Nissan Altima: New Engines and All-Wheel Drive," 29 Mar. 2018 These Indians, swept at home by the Twins after brooming Minnesota at Target Field to start a 7-1 road trip, recall the half-baked way the defending NBA champions played after a fast start. Zack Meisel, cleveland.com, "Starting lineups, Game 75: Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of broom

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for broom

Noun

Middle English, from Old English brōm; akin to Old High German brāmo bramble

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broom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of broom

: a brush that has a long handle and that is used for sweeping floors
: a type of bush that has long, thin branches and yellow flowers

broom

noun
\ ˈbrüm , ˈbru̇m\

Kids Definition of broom

1 : a brush with a long handle used for sweeping
2 : a plant with long slender branches along which grow many yellow flowers

broom

noun
\ ˈbrüm , ˈbru̇m \

Medical Definition of broom

: any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, upright growth, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers especially : scotch broom — see broom top

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