What does broom mean?

Definitions for broom
brum, brʊmbroom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. broom(noun)

    a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle

  2. broom(noun)

    any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers

  3. heather, ling, Scots heather, broom, Calluna vulgaris(verb)

    common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere

  4. sweep, broom(verb)

    sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

    "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed"

  5. broom(verb)

    finish with a broom


  1. broom(Noun)

    A domestic utensil with fibers bound together at the end of a long handle, used for sweeping.

  2. broom(Noun)

    An implement with which players sweep the ice to make a stone travel further and curl less; a broom or sweeper.

  3. broom(Noun)

    Any of several shrubs in the subfamily Faboideae.

  4. broom(Noun)

    Heather, especially common heather, Calluna vulgaris.

  5. broom(Verb)

    To sweep.


  1. Broom

    A broom (also known in some forms as a broomstick) 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. A distinction is made between a "hard broom" and a "soft broom" and a spectrum in between. Soft brooms are used in some cultures chiefly for sweeping walls of cobwebs and spiders, like a "feather duster", with hard brooms are for rougher tasks like sweeping dirt off sidewalks or concrete floors, or even smoothing and texturing wet concrete. The majority of brooms are somewhere in between, suitable for sweeping the floors of homes and businesses, soft enough to be flexible and to move even light dust, but stiff enough to achieve a firm sweeping action.The broom is also a symbolic object associated with witchcraft and ceremonial magic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broom(noun)

    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

  2. Broom(noun)

    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

  3. Broom(verb)

    see Bream


  1. Broom

    A broom is a cleaning tool consisting of stiff fibers 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Broom

    brōōm, n. a name given to a number of species of shrubs of the closely allied genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium: a besom made of its twigs.—v.t. to sweep with a broom.—ns. Broom′-corn, a species of plant resembling maize, cultivated for its seed and its spikes, of which brooms are made; Broom′-rape, a parasitic plant found adhering to the root of broom, clover, &c.; Broom′staff, Broom′stick, the staff or handle of a broom.—adj. Broom′y, abounding in or consisting of broom.—To marry over the broomstick, or To jump the besom, to go through an irregular form of marriage, in which both jump over a broomstick. [A.S. bróm; Ger. bram.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. broom

    A besom at the mast-head signifies that the ship is to be sold: derived probably from the old practice of displaying boughs at shops and taverns. Also, a sort of spartium, of which ropes are made.

Editors Contribution

  1. broom

    A type of tool created and designed in various colors, handle, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Some people use a broom to sweep, others use one as a prop, others use one as part of a costume for Halloween.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 18, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broom in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of broom in a Sentence

  1. Dan Donohoe:

    Although the incident does not appear to have been sexually motivated, the charges reflect that the attack involved an attempted or threatened penetration with a broom handle while one student was restrained by several others.

  2. Tom Jennings:

    She was plucked out basically from a life of luxury… having been raised by the Hearst family, to being tied up in a broom closet for days on end, being indoctrinated to this point of view that, everything having to do with how society was held together was wrong, who among us is to say how we would react under those kinds of circumstances?

  3. Anuj Somany:

    People in spic and span uniform with broom in hand for a day are only for photo session and not actually for their participation in cleanliness drive.

  4. Michele Bachmann:

    They said well, there's a broom closet over here off of Statuary Hall.

  5. Mr Pearse:

    I just had a broom in the back of the ute and … basically just got him off the car nice and safely, and just ushered him into the bushland off on the side of the road.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. appellative
    • B. tacky
    • C. omnifarious
    • D. occlusive

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