Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Broggle intransitive verb
[ Dim. of Prov. English brog
to broggle. Confer Brog
] To sniggle, or fish with a brog.
[ Prov. Eng.] Wright.
[ Ir. & Gael. brog
shoe, hoof.] 1. A stout, coarse shoe; a brogan.
» In the Highlands of Scotland, the ancient brogue was made of horsehide or deerskin, untanned or tenned with the hair on, gathered round the ankle with a thong. The name was afterward given to any shoe worn as a part of the Highland costume. Clouted brogues
, patched brogues; also, brogues studded with nails. See under Clout , transitive verb 2. A dialectic pronunciation; esp. the Irish manner of pronouncing English.
Or take, Hibernis, thy still ranker brogue .
Brogues noun plural
[ Confer Breeches
[ Obsolete] Shenstone.
Broid transitive verb To braid. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Broider transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Broidered
] [ Middle English broiden
, French broder
, confused with English braid
; French broder
is either the same word as border
to border (see Border
), or perhaps of Celtic origin; confer W. brathu
to sting, stab, Ir. & Gael. brod
goad, prickle, Middle English brod
a goad; and also Icelandic broddr
a spike, a sting, Anglo-Saxon brord
a point.] To embroider.
They shall make a broidered coat.
Ex. xxviii. 4.
Broiderer noun One who embroiders. [ Archaic]
Broidery noun Embroidery.
The golden broidery tender Milkah wove.
[ French brouiller
to disorder, from Late Latin brogilus
, thicket, wood, park; of uncertain origin; confer W. brog
a swelling out, Old High German prōil
marsh, German brühl
, Middle High German brogen
to rise. The meaning tumult
, comes apparently from tangled undergrowth
, and this possibly from the meaning to grow
.] A tumult; a noisy quarrel; a disturbance; a brawl; contention; discord, either between individuals or in the state.
I will own that there is a haughtiness and fierceness in human nature which will which will cause innumerable broils , place men in what situation you please. Syn.
-- Contention; fray; affray; tumult; altercation; dissension; discord; contest; conflict; brawl; uproar.
Broil transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Broiled
; present participle & verbal noun Broiling
.] [ Middle English broilen
, Old French bruillir
, from bruir
to broil, burn; of German origin; confer Middle High German brüejen
, German brühen
, to scald, akin to English brood
.] 1. To cook by direct exposure to heat over a fire, esp. upon a gridiron over coals. 2. To subject to great (commonly direct) heat.
Broil intransitive verb To be subjected to the action of heat, as meat over the fire; to be greatly heated, or to be made uncomfortable with heat.
The planets and comets had been broiling in the sun.
Broiler noun One who excites broils; one who engages in or promotes noisy quarrels.
What doth he but turn broiler , . . . make new libels against the church?
1. One who broils, or cooks by broiling. 2. A gridiron or other utensil used in broiling. 3. A chicken or other bird fit for broiling. [ Colloq.]
Broiling adjective Excessively hot; as, a broiling sun. -- noun The act of causing anything to broil.
Broke intransitive verb
[ See Broker
, and confer Brook
.] 1. To transact business for another.
[ R.] Brome. 2. To act as procurer in love matters; to pimp.
We do want a certain necessary woman to broke between them, Cupid said.
And brokes with all that can in such a suit
Corrupt the tender honor of a maid.
(brōk), imperfect & past participle of Break .
[ From Break
, transitive verb
] 1. Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish. 2. Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface. 3. Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship. 4. Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships.
The one being who remembered him as he been before his mind was broken .
The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay, 5. Subdued; humbled; contrite.
Sat by his fire, and talked the night away.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. 6. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse. 7. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted.
Ps. li. 17.
love and life." G. Eliot. 8. Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law. 9. Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman. 10. Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting.
Amidst the broken words and loud weeping of those grave senators. Broken ground
. (a) (Mil.) Rough or uneven ground; as, the troops were retarded in their advance by broken ground . (b) Ground recently opened with the plow.
-- Broken line (Geom.)
, the straight lines which join a number of given points taken in some specified order.
-- Broken meat
, fragments of meat or other food.
-- Broken number
, a fraction.
-- Broken weather
, unsettled weather.
Broken breast Abscess of the mammary gland.
Broken wind (Far.) The heaves.
1. Having a broken back; as, a broken-backed chair. 2. (Nautical) Hogged; so weakened in the frame as to droop at each end; -- said of a ship. Totten.
Broken-bellied adjective Having a ruptured belly. [ R.]
Broken-hearted adjective Having the spirits depressed or crushed by grief or despair.
She left her husband almost broken-hearted . Syn.
-- Disconsolable; heart-broken; inconsolable; comfortless; woe-begone; forlorn.
Broken-winded adjective (Far.) Having short breath or disordered respiration, as a horse.
Brokenly adverb In a broken, interrupted manner; in a broken state; in broken language.
The pagans worship God . . . as it were brokenly and by piecemeal.
1. The state or quality of being broken; unevenness. Macaulay. 2. Contrition; as, brokenness of heart.
[ Middle English brocour
, from a word akin to broken
, to use, enjoy, possess, digest, from Anglo-Saxon brūcan
to use, enjoy; confer Fries. broker
, French brocanteur
. See Brook
, transitive verb
] 1. One who transacts business for another; an agent. 2. (Law) An agent employed to effect bargains and contracts, as a middleman or negotiator, between other persons, for a compensation commonly called brokerage . He takes no possession, as broker, of the subject matter of the negotiation. He generally contracts in the names of those who employ him, and not in his own. Story. 3. A dealer in money, notes, bills of exchange, etc. 4. A dealer in secondhand goods.
[ Eng.] 5. A pimp or procurer.
[ Obsolete] Shak. Bill broker
, one who buys and sells notes and bills of exchange.
-- Curbstone broker
or Street broker
, an operator in stocks (not a member of the Stock Exchange) who executes orders by running from office to office, or by transactions on the street.
[ U.S.] -- Exchange broker
, one who buys and sells uncurrent money, and deals in exchanges relating to money.
-- Insurance broker
, one who is agent in procuring insurance on vessels, or against fire.
-- Pawn broker
. See Pawnbroker .
-- Real estate broker
, one who buys and sells lands, and negotiates loans, etc., upon mortgage.
- - Ship broker
, one who acts as agent in buying and selling ships, procuring freight, etc.
-- Stock broker
. See Stockbroker .
1. The business or employment of a broker. Burke. 2. The fee, reward, or commission, given or changed for transacting business as a broker.
Brokerly adjective Mean; servile. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Brokery noun The business of a broker.
And with extorting, cozening, forfeiting,
And tricks belonging unto brokery .
Broking adjective Of or pertaining to a broker or brokers, or to brokerage.
Redeem from broking pawn the blemished crown.
Broma (brō"mȧ) noun [ New Latin , from Greek brw^ma food, bibrw`skein to eat.]
1. (Medicine) Aliment; food. Dunglison. 2. A light form of prepared cocoa (or cacao), or the drink made from it.
Bromal (brō"m a l) noun [ Brom ine + al dehyde.] (Chemistry) An oily, colorless fluid, CBr 3 .COH, related to bromoform, as chloral is to chloroform, and obtained by the action of bromine on alcohol.
[ From Bromine
.] (Pharm.) A colorless or white crystalline compound, (CH 2 ) 6 N 4 C 2 H 5 Br, used as a sedative in epilepsy.
Bromanil noun [ Brom ine + anil ine.] (Chemistry) A substance analogous to chloranil but containing bromine in place of chlorine.
Bromate noun (Chemistry) A salt of bromic acid.
Bromate transitive verb (Medicine) To combine or impregnate with bromine; as, bromated camphor.
Bromatologist noun One versed in the science of foods.
Bromatology noun [ Greek ..., ..., food + -logy .] The science of aliments. Dunglison.
[ French] (Chemistry) See Bromine .
Brome grass [ Latin bromos a kind of oats, Greek ....] (Botany) A genus (Bromus) of grasses, one species of which is the chess or cheat.
Bromeliaceous adjective [ Named after Olaf Bromel , a Swedish botanist.] (Botany) Pertaining to, or resembling, a family of endogenous and mostly epiphytic or saxicolous plants of which the genera Tillandsia and Billbergia are examples. The pineapple, though terrestrial, is also of this family.
Bromic adjective (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or containing, bromine; -- said of those compounds of bromine in which this element has a valence of five, or the next to its highest; as, bromic acid.
Bromide noun (Chemistry) A compound of bromine with a positive radical.
Bromide noun A person who is conventional and commonplace in his habits of thought and conversation. [ Slang]
-- Bro*mid"ic adjective
The bromide conforms to everythyng sanctioned by the majority, and may be depended upon to be trite, banal, and arbitrary. Gelett Burgess.
Bromide, Bromid, paper (Photog.) A sensitized paper coated with gelatin impregnated with bromide of silver, used in contact printing and in enlarging.
Bromidiom noun [ Bromide + idiom .] A conventional comment or saying, such as those characteristic of bromides. [ Slang]
Brominate transitive verb See Bromate , transitive verb
[ Greek ... bad smell, stink. Confer Brome
.] (Chemistry) One of the elements, related in its chemical qualities to chlorine and iodine. Atomic weight 79.8. Symbol Br. It is a deep reddish brown liquid of a very disagreeable odor, emitting a brownish vapor at the ordinary temperature. In combination it is found in minute quantities in sea water, and in many saline springs. It occurs also in the mineral bromyrite.
Bromism noun (Medicine) A diseased condition produced by the excessive use of bromine or one of its compounds. It is characterized by mental dullness and muscular weakness.
Bromize transitive verb (Photog.) To prepare or treat with bromine; as, to bromize a silvered plate.