Definition of Broom

1. Noun. A cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle.

2. Verb. Sweep with a broom or as if with a broom. "Sweep under the bed"
Exact synonyms: Sweep
Generic synonyms: Pass Over, Wipe
Related verbs: Sweep
Derivative terms: Sweeper, Sweeper, Sweeping

3. Noun. Any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers.

4. Verb. Finish with a broom.
Generic synonyms: Finish

5. Noun. Common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere.
Exact synonyms: Calluna Vulgaris, Heather, Ling, Scots Heather
Generic synonyms: Heath
Group relationships: Calluna, Genus Calluna

Definition of Broom

1. n. A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers.

2. v. t. See Bream.

Definition of Broom

1. Noun. A domestic utensil with fibers bound together at the end of a long handle, used for sweeping. ¹

2. Noun. (curling) An implement with which players sweep the ice to make a stone travel further and curl less; a ''broom'' or ''sweeper''. ¹

3. Noun. (botany) Any of several shrubs in the subfamily Faboideae. ¹

4. Noun. (botany) Heather, especially common heather, ''Calluna vulgaris''. ¹

5. Verb. To sweep. ¹

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Definition of Broom

1. to sweep [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: sweep

Medical Definition of Broom

1. 1. A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; especially, the Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, mintue leaves, and large yellow flowers. "No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom." (Wordsworth) 2. An implement for sweeping floors, etc, commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom. Butcher's broom, a plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of the Smilax family, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks; called also knee holly. See Cladophyll. Dyer's broom, a species of mignonette (Reseda luteola), used for dyeing yellow; dyer's weed; dyer's rocket. Spanish broom. See Spanish. Origin: OE. Brom, brome, AS. Brom; akin to LG. Bram, D. Brem, OHG. Bramo broom, thornbush, G. Brombeere blackberry. Cf. Bramble. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Broom

broom (current term)
broom closet
broom corn
broom handle
broom palm
broom rape
broom sedge
broom snakeroot
broom snakeweed
broom tree
broom wagon

Literary usage of Broom

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

1. Modern Street Ballads by John Ashton (1888)
"The shovel and broom, the shovel and broom, He has quitted for ever the shovel and ... A partner so fit for a knight of the broom, The shovel and broom, ..."

2. Publications by English Dialect Society (1886)
"From the resemblance of its flowers to those of broom, and its growth on hillsides. ... Perhaps meaning Sigh broom, to distinguish it from the common broom, ..."

3. The Great industries of the United States: being an historical summary of by Horace Greeley (1873)
"THE broom is a well-known implement of the house, used to sweep away dirt and dust, and is therefore most essential to order and neatness. ..."

4. A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution: And Laws of the United States by John Bouvier (1874)
"broom, Max. 3d Lond. ed. 134; Hob. 88; 5 Hill, NY 170. ... 1936; Story, Ag. fi 13 ; broom, Max. 3d Lond. ed. 756-758; 9 Coke, 77 ; 2 Scott, NR 509 ; 12 Metí ..."

5. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1905)
"[Dinosaurio]. broom, R. 2146. • bouri. broom, R. 2146. ... broom, R. 2134. - laini. broom, R. 2134. ..."

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