What does broach mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brooch, broach, breastpinverb

    a decorative pin worn by women

  2. broach, initiateverb

    bring up a topic for discussion


  1. broachnoun

    A series of chisel points mounted on one piece of steel.

  2. broachverb

    To make a hole in, especially a cask of liquor, and put in a tap in order to draw the liquid.

  3. broachverb

    To open, to make an opening into; to pierce.

    French knights at Agincourt were unable to broach the English line.

  4. broach

    To begin discussion about (something).

    I broached the subject of contraceptives carefully when the teenager mentioned his promiscuity.

  5. broachverb

    To be turned sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves.

    The small boat broached and nearly sank, because of the large waves.

  6. broachverb

    To cause to turn sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves.

  7. broach

    To be overcome or submerged by a wave or surge of water.

    Each time we came around into the wind, the sea broached our bow.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BROACHnoun

    Etymology: broche, Fr.

    He was taken into service in his court, to a base office in his kitchen; so that he turned a broach, that had worn a crown. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Whose offered entrails shall his crime reproach,
    And drip their fatness from the hazle broach. John Dryden, Virgil.

  2. To Broachverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    As by a low but loving likelihood,
    Were now the general of our gracious empress,
    As in good time he may, from Ireland coming,
    Bringing rebellion broached on his sword. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    He felled men as one would mow hay, and sometimes broached a great number of them upon his pike, as one would carry little birds spitted upon a stick. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    I will notably provide, that you shall want neither weapons, victuals, nor aid; I will open the old armouries, I will broach my store, and bring forth my stores. Richard Knolles, History.

    This errour, that Pison was Ganges, was first broached by Josephus. Walter Raleigh.

    Those who were the chief instruments of raising the noise, made use of those very opinions themselves had broached, for arguments to prove, that the change of ministers was dangerous. Jonathan Swift, Examiner, №. 45.

    And now the field of death, the lists,
    Were enter’d by antagonists,
    And blood was ready to be broach’d,
    When Hudibras in haste approach’d. Hudibras, cant. ii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broachnoun

    a spit

  2. Broachnoun

    an awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at each end, used by thatchers

  3. Broachnoun

    a tool of steel, generally tapering, and of a polygonal form, with from four to eight cutting edges, for smoothing or enlarging holes in metal; sometimes made smooth or without edges, as for burnishing pivot holes in watches; a reamer. The broach for gun barrels is commonly square and without taper

  4. Broachnoun

    a straight tool with file teeth, made of steel, to be pressed through irregular holes in metal that cannot be dressed by revolving tools; a drift

  5. Broachnoun

    a broad chisel for stonecutting

  6. Broachnoun

    a spire rising from a tower

  7. Broachnoun

    a clasp for fastening a garment. See Brooch

  8. Broachnoun

    a spitlike start, on the head of a young stag

  9. Broachnoun

    the stick from which candle wicks are suspended for dipping

  10. Broachnoun

    the pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key

  11. Broachnoun

    to spit; to pierce as with a spit

  12. Broachnoun

    to tap; to pierce, as a cask, in order to draw the liquor. Hence: To let out; to shed, as blood

  13. Broachnoun

    to open for the first time, as stores

  14. Broachnoun

    to make public; to utter; to publish first; to put forth; to introduce as a topic of conversation

  15. Broachnoun

    to cause to begin or break out

  16. Broachnoun

    to shape roughly, as a block of stone, by chiseling with a coarse tool

  17. Broachnoun

    to enlarge or dress (a hole), by using a broach

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Broach

    brōch, n. a tapering, pointed instrument, used chiefly for boring: a spit: a church spire.—v.t. to pierce as a cask, to tap: to open up or begin: to utter.—n. Broach′er, a broach or spit: one who broaches or utters.—To broach the admiral, to steal some liquor from a cask while being carried by rail or otherwise, or when in store; To broach to, to turn a ship to windward. [Fr. brocher, to pierce, broche, an iron pin—L. brocchus, a projecting tooth.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. broach

    When a water craft is thrown broadside to the wind and waves, against a bar, or against the shoreline.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Broach is ranked #13230 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Broach surname appeared 2,309 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Broach.

    80.9% or 1,868 total occurrences were White.
    14.9% or 346 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 54 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 30 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broach in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of broach in a Sentence

  1. Clint Eastwood:

    Everyone has opinions on it, but nobody's really thought about it from the point of view of the families of the people over there and the people who go over there ... and donate their time for a belief that some of us think is a great idea and some of us don't think is a great idea, it opens a lot of questions that are fun to broach.

  2. Walter Scott:

    Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.

  4. Heino Klinck:

    I'm personally not optimistic that now is a realistic time for [negotiations], because the Russians obviously are not interested in any type of cooperative negotiations with us while war is raging in Ukraine, i don't think we would even want to broach anything that smacks of any kind of cooperation with the Russians.

  5. Barbara Coombs Lee:

    We talk with people about how they might broach the subject with their physicians.

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Translations for broach

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  • обръщам напреко на вятъра, продупчвам, обръщам се напреко на вятъра, пробивамBulgarian
  • anzapfen, aufbringen, ansprechenGerman
  • s'adresser à, aborder un sujet, percer un tonneau, perforerFrench
  • fémfúróHungarian
  • raraMāori
  • aanspreken, aantappen (van een vat), kapseizen, doorboren, ter sprake brengenDutch
  • brotschSwedish
  • delmekTurkish

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    • A. dependable
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