BROOD, v.i. 1. To sit on and cover, as a fowl on her eggs for the purpose of warming them and hatching chickens, or as a hen over her chickens, to warm and protect them. 2. To sit on; to spread over, as with wings; as, to sit brooding over the vast abyss. 3. To remain a long time in anxiety or solicitous thought; to have the mind uninterruptedly dwell a long time on a subject; as, the miser broods over his gold. 4. To mature any thing with care. BROOD, v.t. To sit over, cover and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens. 1. To cherish. You'll brood your sorrows on a throne. BROOD, n. Offspring; progeny; formerly used of human beings in elegant works, and we have brother, from this word; but it is now more generally used in contempt. 1. A hatch; the young birds hatched at once; as a brood of chickens or of ducks. 2. That which is bred; species generated; that which is produced. Lybia's broods of poison. 3. The act of covering the eggs, or of brooding. [Unusual.]
n 1: the young of an animal cared for at one time v 1: think moodily or anxiously about something [syn: brood, dwell] 2: hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long" [syn: brood, hover, loom, bulk large] 3: be in a huff and display one's displeasure; "She is pouting because she didn't get what she wanted" [syn: sulk, pout, brood] 4: be in a huff; be silent or sullen [syn: grizzle, brood, stew] 5: sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs" [syn: brood, hatch, cover, incubate]
I. nounEtymology: Middle English, from Old English br?d; akin to Middle High German bruot brood and perhaps to Old English beorma yeast — more at barmDate: before 12th century 1. the young of an animal or a family of young; especially the young (as of a bird or insect) hatched or cared for at one time 2. a group having a common nature or origin 3. the children of a family II. adjectiveDate: 15th century kept for breeding <a brood flock> III. verbDate: 15th century transitive verb1.a. to sit on or incubate (eggs) b. to produce by or as if by incubation ;hatch2.of a bird to cover (young) with the wings 3. to think anxiously or gloomily about ;ponderintransitive verb1.a.of a bird to brood eggs or young b. to sit quietly and thoughtfully ;meditate2.hover, loom3.a. to dwell gloomily on a subject b. to be in a state of depression • broodinglyadverb
n. & v. --n. 1 the young of an animal (esp. a bird) produced at one hatching or birth. 2 colloq. the children in a family. 3 a group of related things. 4 bee or wasp larvae. 5 (attrib.) kept for breeding (brood-mare). --v. 1 intr. (often foll. by on, over, etc.) worry or ponder (esp. resentfully). 2 a intr. sit as a hen on eggs to hatch them. b tr. sit on (eggs) to hatch them. 3 intr. (usu. foll. by over) (of silence, a storm, etc.) hang or hover closely. Derivatives: broodingly adv. Etymology: OE brod f. Gmc
Brood Brood (br[=o]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Brooded; p. pr. & vb. n. Brooding.] 1. 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. Birds of calm sir brooding on the charmed wave. --Milton. 2. To have the mind dwell continuously or moodily on a subject; to think long and anxiously; to be in a state of gloomy, serious thought; -- usually followed by over or on; as, to brood over misfortunes. Brooding on unprofitable gold. --Dryden. Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit. --Hawthorne. When with downcast eyes we muse and brood. --Tennyson.
Brood Brood (br[=oo]d), n. [OE. brod, AS. br[=o]d; akin to D. broed, OHG. bruot, G. brut, and also to G. br["u]he broth, MHG. br["u]eje, and perh. to E. brawn, breath. Cf. Breed, v. t.] 1. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens. 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. (Mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores. To sit on brood, to ponder. [Poetic] --Shak.
Brood Brood (br[=oo]d), v. t. 1. To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens. 2. To cherish with care. [R.] 3. To think anxiously or moodily upon. You'll sit and brood your sorrows on a throne. --Dryden.
(broods, brooding, brooded) 1. A brood is a group of baby birds that were born at the same time to the same mother. N-COUNT: usu with supp 2. You can refer to someone's young children as their brood when you want to emphasize that there are a lot of them. ...a large brood of children.N-COUNT: usu sing [emphasis] 3. If someone broods over something, they think about it a lot, seriously and often unhappily. She constantly broods about her family...I continued to brood. Would he always be like this?VERB: V over/on/about n, V