Definition of Brood

1. Noun. The young of an animal cared for at one time.

Generic synonyms: Animal Group
Specialized synonyms: Clutch

2. Verb. Think moodily or anxiously about something. "Sam and Sue brood over the results of the experiment"
Exact synonyms: Dwell
Generic synonyms: Care, Worry
Also: Dwell On

3. Verb. Hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing. "There brood some big birds in the tree"; "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"
Exact synonyms: Bulk Large, Hover, Loom
Generic synonyms: Hang
Specialized synonyms: Dominate, Eclipse, Overshadow

4. Verb. Be in a huff and display one's displeasure. "She is pouting because she didn't get what she wanted"
Exact synonyms: Pout, Sulk
Entails: Resent
Specialized synonyms: Grizzle, Stew
Derivative terms: Pouter, Sulk

5. Verb. Be in a huff; be silent or sullen.
Exact synonyms: Grizzle, Stew
Generic synonyms: Pout, Sulk
Derivative terms: Stew

6. Verb. Sit on (eggs). "The female covers the eggs"
Exact synonyms: Cover, Hatch, Incubate
Generic synonyms: Multiply, Procreate, Reproduce
Related verbs: Hatch, Breed, Cover
Entails: Sit, Sit Down
Derivative terms: Brooder, Hatch, Incubation, Incubator

Definition of Brood

1. n. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens.

2. a. Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.

3. v. i. To sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to warm and protect them; hence, to sit quietly, as if brooding.

4. v. t. To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens.

Definition of Brood

1. Noun. The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother. ¹

2. Noun. The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time. ¹

3. Noun. The children in one family. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To keep an egg warm to make it hatch. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To protect. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To dwell upon moodily and at length. ¹

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Definition of Brood

1. to ponder gloomily [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Brood

1. 1. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chicken. "As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings." (Luke xiii. 34) "A hen followed by a brood of ducks." (Spectator) 2. The young from the same dam, whether produced at the same time or not; young children of the same mother, especially if nearly of the same age; offspring; progeny; as, a woman with a brood of children. "The lion roars and gluts his tawny brood." (Wordsworth) 3. That which is bred or produced; breed; species. "Flocks of the airy brood, (Cranes, geese or long-necked swans)." (Chapman) 4. Heavy waste in tin and copper ores. To sit on brood, to ponder. Origin: OE. Brod, AS. Brod; akin to D. Broed, OHG. Bruot, G. Brut, and also to G. Bruhe broth, MHG. Brueje, and perh. To E. Brawn, breath. Cf. Breed. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Brood

brood (current term)
brood bitch
brood capsules
brood cell
brood hen
brood parasite
brood parasites
brooder pneumonia

Literary usage of Brood

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer by Richard Burn (1820)
"r iv 11 i. r <ГУ>ог brood of § 4. No person shall, at any time after 1st September 1818, take, Penalty on per- kill or destroy, or knowingly have in his or ..."

2. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario, Entomological Society of Canada (1863-1871) (1877)
"I am inclined to think that the butterflies of the third brood do not hybernate, and that the continuance of the species here depends on the few individuals ..."

3. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science by Indiana Academy of Science (1922)
"measured the aforesaid joints, taking the average length of the joint as the ordinate and the number in a brood as the abscissa, and constructed Figure 1. ..."

4. The Cambridge Natural History by Arthur Everett Shipley, Sidney Frederic Harmer (1906)
"Multiplying by simple fission in the free state as well as by brood-formation ; the brood-cells conjugating in a common cyst, but producing only one pairing ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"There were six young in this brood, which was not further disturbed, and several of ... Second, a female H. lawrencei discovered attending a brood of what ..."

6. The Scientific Monthly by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1922)
"65) I have endeavored to indicate how trophallaxis, originally developed as a mutual trophic relation between the queen ant and her brood, has expanded with ..."

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