What does brood mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. broodverb

    the young of an animal cared for at one time

  2. brood, dwellverb

    think moodily or anxiously about something

  3. brood, hover, loom, bulk largeverb

    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing

    "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

  4. sulk, pout, broodverb

    be in a huff and display one's displeasure

    "She is pouting because she didn't get what she wanted"

  5. grizzle, brood, stewverb

    be in a huff; be silent or sullen

  6. brood, hatch, cover, incubateverb

    sit on (eggs)

    "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"


  1. broodnoun

    The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.

  2. broodnoun

    The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.

  3. broodnoun

    The children in one family.

  4. broodverb

    To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.

    In some species of birds, both the mother and father brood the eggs.

  5. broodverb

    To protect.

    Under the rock was a midshipman fish, brooding a mass of eggs.

  6. broodverb

    To dwell upon moodily and at length.

    He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broodverb

    the young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens

  2. Broodverb

    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

  3. Broodverb

    that which is bred or produced; breed; species

  4. Broodverb

    heavy waste in tin and copper ores

  5. Broodadjective

    sitting or inclined to sit on eggs

  6. Broodadjective

    kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock; having young; as, a brood sow

  7. Broodverb

    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

  8. Broodverb

    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

  9. Broodverb

    to sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens

  10. Broodverb

    to cherish with care

  11. Broodverb

    to think anxiously or moodily upon


  1. Brood

    The Brood are a race of insectoid, parasitic, extraterrestrial beings that appear in the comic books published by Marvel Comics, especially Uncanny X-Men. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum, they first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #155. The Brood possess wings, fanged teeth and a stinging tail. They have a hive mentality and mindlessly follow a queen. To reproduce, they must infect other races with their eggs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brood

    brōōd, v.t. to sit upon or cover in order to breed or hatch: to hatch: to cover, as with wings: to mature or foster with care: to meditate moodily upon.—v.i. to sit as a hen on eggs: to hover over: to think anxiously for some time: to meditate silently (with on, over): to be bred.—n. something bred: offspring, children, or family: a race, kind: parentage: the number hatched at once.—adj. for breeding, as in brood-mare, &c.—adv. Brood′ingly.—adj. Brood′y, inclined to sit or incubate. [A.S. bród; Dut. broed; what is hatched.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. brood

    Oysters of about two years old, which are dredged up at sea, for placing on the oyster-beds.


  1. Brood

    all the specimens that hatch at about one time, from eggs laid by one series of parents and which normally mature at about the same time.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brood in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of brood in a Sentence

  1. Cortni Borgerson:

    Brood X cicadas are one of the world’s most incredible animal phenomena, in a year where few of us may be traveling to see natural wonders like Africa’s great migration, or the elephant gathering of Sri Lanka, we are incredibly privileged to have this rare spectacle occurring in our very own backyards. Brood X provides an infusion of nutrients into the ecosystem, and humans have been enjoying this event for its sights, sounds and taste for millennia.

  2. Washington Irving:

    The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal -- every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open -- this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.

  3. Jerome K. Jerome:

    When a man or woman loves to brood over a sorrow and takes care to keep it green in their memory, you may be sure it is no longer a pain to them.

  4. Swami Sivanada:

    If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.

  5. Mickey Mehta:

    Never brood over the past, for every saint has had a past and every criminal has a future. Encourage transformation and MickeyMize someone's life." Share this as every demon has the potential to become divine.

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    • A. tight
    • B. reassuring
    • C. transparent
    • D. opaque

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