Definition of Broach

1. Noun. A decorative pin worn by women.

Exact synonyms: Breastpin, Brooch
Generic synonyms: Pin
Specialized synonyms: Sunburst
Derivative terms: Brooch

2. Verb. Bring up a topic for discussion.
Exact synonyms: Initiate
Generic synonyms: Discuss, Hash Out, Talk Over
Specialized synonyms: Address, Cover, Deal, Handle, Plow, Treat

Definition of Broach

1. n. A spit.

2. v. t. To spit; to pierce as with a spit.

Definition of Broach

1. Noun. A series of chisel points mounted on one piece of steel. (rfex) ¹

2. Noun. (alternative spelling of brooch) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make a hole in, especially a cask of liquor, and put in a tap in order to draw the liquid. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To open, to make an opening into; to pierce. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) (figuratively) To begin discussion about (something). ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To be turned sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To cause to turn sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To be overcome or submerged by a wave or surge of water. ¹

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Definition of Broach

1. to pierce so as to withdraw a liquid [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Broach

1. 1. To spit; to pierce as with a spit. "I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's point." (Shak) 2. To tap; to pierce, as a cask, in order to draw the liquor. Hence: To let out; to shed, as blood. "Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade, He bravely broached his boiling bloody breast." (Shak) 3. To open for the first time, as stores. "You shall want neither weapons, victuals, nor aid; I will open the old armories, I will broach my store, and will bring forth my stores." (Knolles) 4. To make public; to utter; to publish first; to put forth; to introduce as a topic of conversation. "Those very opinions themselves had broached." (Swift) 5. To cause to begin or break out. 6. To shape roughly, as a block of stone, by chiseling with a coarse tool. 7. To enlarge or dress (a hole), by using a broach. To broach to, to incline suddenly to windward, so as to lay the sails aback, and expose the vessel to the danger of oversetting. Origin: F. Brocher, fr. Broche. See Broach. 1. A spit. "He turned a broach that had worn a crown." (Bacon) 2. An awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at each end, used by thatchers. 3. A tool of steel, generally tapering, and of a polygonal form, with from four to eight cutting edges, for smoothing or enlarging holes in metal; sometimes made smooth or without edges, as for burnishing pivot holes in watches; a reamer. The broach for gun barrels is commonly square and without taper. A straight tool with file teeth, made of steel, to be pressed through irregular holes in metal that cannot be dressed by revolving tools; a drift. 4. A broad chisel for stonecutting. 5. A spire rising from a tower. 6. A clasp for fastening a garment. See Brooch. 7. A spitlike start, on the head of a young stag. 8. The stick from which candle wicks are suspended for dipping. 9. The pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key. Origin: OE. Broche, F. Broche, fr. LL. Brocca; prob. Of Celtic origin; cf. W. Proc thrust, stab, Gael. Brog awl. Cf. Brooch. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Broach

broach (current term)
broached spire
broached spires
broad-bean plant

Literary usage of Broach

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1. A Collection of Treaties, Engagements, and Sanads Relating to India and by India Foreign and Political Dept (1892)
"Part II Lapsed States—broach, Mandvi XI-LAPSED STATES. 1. broach. broach was conquered by the Mahrattas from the Muhammadans in ..."

2. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1920)
"39 The broach had eight cutting edges varying in size from 2.422 in. diam. to ... In addition to the cutting edges, the upper end of the broach had three ..."

3. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by Sir William Wilson Hunter (1885)
"ii4 broach TOWN. to have settled at broach as far back as ... broach is one of the oldest seaports in Western India. Eighteen hundred years ago, ..."

4. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares (1859)
"I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier'» point . And., ¡т, Ч. When our friends don their helms, or put to sea, Or tell of babee broach'tl on the Unce, Ser. ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"In the case of broach v. Smith, not yet pub- ished, the court holds that a deed under section 1969 of the Georgia Code is void as title and cannot be ..."

6. Tool Making: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Making Tools, Jigs, and by Edward Russell Markham, American Technical Society (1919)
"If it has sprung in the operation of hardening, it may be straightened in the following manner: Place the broach in a screw press or a drill-press table on ..."

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