Crossword clues for broom
- Common Old World heath represented by many varieties
- A cleaning implement for sweeping
- Any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers
- Shower gift
- Plate umpire's tool
- Witch's mount, with 30 Across
- Bride's purchase
- Besom, e.g.
- Flowering shrub
- "___ Hilda," Russ Myers comic
- Witch's transportation
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Broom \Broom\, v. t. (Naut.) See Bream.
Broom \Broom\ (br[=oo]m), n. [OE. brom, brome, AS. br[=o]m; akin to LG. bram, D. brem, OHG. br[=a]mo broom, thorn?bush, G. brombeere blackberry. Cf. Bramble, n.]
(Bot.) 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.
No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom.
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made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom.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 under Spanish.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English brom "broom, brushwood," the common flowering shrub whose twigs were tied together to make a tool for sweeping, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz "thorny bush" (cognates: Dutch braam, German Brombeere "blackberry"), from PIE root *bh(e)rem- "to project, a point."\n
\nTraditionally, both the flowers and sweeping with broom twigs were considered unlucky in May (Suffolk, Sussex, Wiltshire, etc.). The witch's flying broomstick originally was one among many such objects (pitchfork, trough, bowl), but the broomstick became fixed as the popular tool of supernatural flight via engravings from a famous Lancashire witch trial of 1612.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (label en countable) A domestic utensil with fibers bound together at the end of a long handle, used for sweeping. 2 (context countable curling English) An implement with which players sweep the ice to make a stone travel further and curl less; a sweeper. 3 Any of several yellow-flowered shrubs of the family Fabaceae, in the genera (taxlink Cytisus genus noshow=1), ''Genista'', and (taxlink Spartium genus noshow=1), with long, thin branches and small or few leaves. vb. (context transitive intransitive English) To sweep. Etymology 2
vb. (context nautical English) (alternative form of bream nodot=yes English) (gloss: to clean a ship's bottom)
v. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed" [syn: sweep]
finish with a broom
n. a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle
any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers
A broom is a cleaning tool which also had other uses (e.g. magical and punitive).
Broom may also refer to:
Image:Broom (PSF).jpg|A broom with bristles traditionally made using broom corn. Image:BroomsforSale.jpg| Sorghum-made brooms with long handles as well as short handles
Japanese construction worker cleaning up his construction site with a Japanese broom.
A broom is a cleaning tool consisting of usually stiff fibers (often made of materials such as plastic, hair, or corn husks) attached to, and roughly parallel to, a cylindrical handle, the broomstick. It is thus a variety of brush with a long handle. It is commonly used in combination with a dustpan.
In many Asian countries, however, brooms are not always made of stiff fibers, as there is often a distinction between a "hard broom" and a "soft broom". Soft brooms are made for sweeping the walls of cob webs and spiders, and are very important for that reason. Hard brooms are made for the harder job of actually sweeping dirt off sidewalks.
Broom is a full-length album from indie pop/rock band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. It was released in the United States in 2005.
Broom is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Christina Broom (1862–1939), British photographer
- Jacob Broom (1752–1810), American businessman and politician
- Jacob Broom (congressman) (1808–1864), United States Representative from Pennsylvania
- James M. Broom (1776–1850), American lawyer and politician
- Mark Broom (born 1971), British techno musician and DJ
- Neil Broom (born 1983), New Zealand cricketer
- Robert Broom (1866–1951), South African physician and paleontologist
Usage examples of "broom".
She would have hit Aunty Em with the broom and called Toto and walked away and never come back.
He was about to go after a Beater when the wizard who had dropped his bat before maneuvered his broom so that he could use the twigs to hit a Bludger at Neil, who was oblivious.
Harry took his broom straight up, only to find that a Bludger was heading directly for him.
They seemed to have woken up now, and as his team scored their fourth goal, still holding the English team to one-hundred, Harry was somewhat shocked to feel a jolt as a Bludger collided with his broom twigs, making him fly crazily for a moment until he grasped the handle with determination and zoomed straight up, to shake the wobbles out of it.
Beyond the true garrigue, with its cistus, its broom, its prickly dwarf oak, there lie a series of false garrigues, vegetably speaking worse than the true.
The next comber broomed the sea clean and came aboard and grabbed his legs from under him, dragged him against the bowsprit housing, then sucked him back along the deck, Tinker fighting for control again.
The sudden whirr of a cushat is an incident, or the leaping of a lamb among the broom.
Some doors and windows were real, and real weather blew like a natural broom through the geriatric ward.
Cleppetty pursued an escaped quail about the kitchen with a broom, and Ghillie, huddled in a corner, frantically read names out loud from a book of household exorcisms.
Inside Kithraformerly of the Skyrrmanwas struggling to hold down the lid of a pot from which a score of naked chicken wings protruded, flapping madly, while Cleppetty pursued an escaped quail about the kitchen with a broom, and Ghillie, huddled in a corner, frantically read names out loud from a book of household exorcisms.
Isobel Gowdie changed herself into a jackdaw and flew to the sabbat, leaving behind a broom in her bed to delude her husband.
So, as you can see, not only was there a bride and a groom, but there was also a gride and a broom.
Using a wide broom, Grom gingerly shifted the body off the stone, only to have it crumble into pieces.
Stilt walkers and jugglers, acrobats and dancers, gigants and pithkies, costumes and floats -- some of which even celebrate the revolution: hardboard mock-ups of armored cars with broom handles poking out the windows and people in real or fake militia uniforms trotting alongside.
Me and Julie jus' jumped over de broom in front of Marster and us was married.