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Besom definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BE'SOM, n. s as z. A broom; a brush of twigs for sweeping.
I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of Hosts. Isaiah 14.
BE'SOM, v.t. To sweep, as with a besom.
Rolls back all Greece,and besoms wide the plain.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a broom made of twigs tied together on a long handle

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English beseme, from Old English besma; akin to Old High German besmo broom Date: before 12th century broom 2; especially one made of twigs

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a broom made of twigs tied round a stick. 2 esp. N.Engl. derog. or joc. a woman. Etymology: OE besema

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Besom Be"som, n. [OE. besme, besum, AS. besma; akin to D. bezem, OHG pesamo, G. besen; of uncertain origin.] A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys. [Archaic or Fig.] I will sweep it with the besom of destruction. --Isa. xiv. 23. The housemaid with her besom. --W. Irving.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Besom Be"som, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Besomed.] To sweep, as with a besom. [Archaic or Poetic] --Cowper. Rolls back all Greece, and besoms wide the plain. --Barlow.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning sweeper, occurs only in Isa. 14:23, of the sweeping away, the utter ruin, of Babylon.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

be'-zum: Occurs only once in Scripture: "I will sweep it with the besom of destruction" (Isa 14:23). Refers to what was in store for Babylon. The Hebrew word maT'ate', rendered "besom," is close of kin to the one (ti'te'thiha) rendered "sweep." In early English "besom" was synonymous with "broom," and is still so used in some parts of England.




 


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