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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rumor, rumour, bruitverb

    tell or spread rumors

    "It was rumored that the next president would be a woman"


  1. bruitverb

    to spread, promulgate or disseminate a rumour, news etc.

  2. Etymology: From bruit.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRUITnoun

    Rumour; noise; report.

    Etymology: bruit, Fr.

    Wherewith a bruit ran from one to the other, that the king was slain. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Upon some bruits he apprehended a fear, which moved him to send to Sir William Herbert to remain his friend. John Hayward.

    I am not
    One that rejoices in the common wreck,
    As common bruit doth put it. William Shakespeare, Timon.

  2. To Bruitverb

    To report; to noise abroad; to rumour. Neither the verb nor the noun are now much in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    His death,
    Being bruited once, took fire and heat away
    From the best temper’d courage in his troops. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    It was bruited, that I meant nothing less than to go to Guiana. Walter Raleigh, Essays.


  1. Bruit

    Bruit, also called vascular murmur, is the abnormal sound generated by turbulent flow of blood in an artery due to either an area of partial obstruction or a localized high rate of blood flow through an unobstructed artery.The bruit may be heard ("auscultated") by securely placing the head of a stethoscope to the skin over the turbulent flow, and listening. Most bruits occur only in systole, so the bruit is intermittent and its frequency dependent on the heart rate. Anything increasing the blood flow velocity such as fever, anemia, hyperthyroidism, or physical exertion, can increase the amplitude of the bruit.


  1. bruit

    A bruit is a sound or murmur heard in medicine when listening to the blood flow in an artery or vein, typically indicating some kind of abnormality like a blockage. The sound is produced by turbulent flow of blood in the narrowed or blocked artery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bruitnoun

    report; rumor; fame

  2. Bruitnoun

    an abnormal sound of several kinds, heard on auscultation

  3. Bruitverb

    to report; to noise abroad


  1. Bruit

    Bruit is the term for the unusual sound that blood makes when it rushes past an obstruction in an artery when the sound is auscultated with the bell portion of a stethoscope. The term "bruit," the French word for "noise," simply refers to the sound. A related term is "vascular murmur", which should not be confused with a heart murmur. The location of the stethoscope when the sound is observed can affect the diagnosis.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bruit

    brōōt, n. noise: something noised abroad: a rumour or report.—v.t. to noise abroad: to report: to celebrate. [Fr. bruit—Fr. bruire; cf. Low L. brugītus; prob. imit.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Bruit

    a report or rumor. a sound, especially an abnormal one, heard through a stethoscope; a murmur.

    Submitted by rinat on July 9, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bruit in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bruit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bruit in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The noise hides the silence. It does not destroy the silence. (Le bruit cache le silence. - Il ne détruit le silence.)

  2. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio:

    De temps en temps il s'arrête de mâcher son chewing-gum, il entrouve ses lèvres et il souffle une bulle. La bulle verte se gonfle, se distend, puis elle explose avec un bruit sec. On appelle ça un bubble-gum.

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