Definitions of brood

  1. hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; " The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"
  2. the young of an animal cared for at one time
  3. good at incubating eggs especially a fowl kept for that purpose; " a brood hen"
  4. sit on ( eggs); " Birds brood"; " The female covers the eggs"
  5. think moodily or anxiously about something
  6. be in a huff and display one's displeasure; " She is pouting because she didn't get what she wanted"
  7. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens.
  8. 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.
  9. That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
  10. Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
  11. Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.
  12. Kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock; having young; as, a brood sow.
  13. 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.
  14. To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens.
  15. To cherish with care.
  16. To think anxiously or moodily upon.
  17. 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.
  18. Offspring; the young birds hatched at one time.
  19. To sit on eggs, as a hen; linger sorrowfully; with on or over.
  20. To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, to brood eggs.
  21. To sit upon or cover in order to breed or hatch: to cover, as with wings: to think anxiously for a long time.
  22. To mature or cherish with care.
  23. Something bred: offspring: the number hatched at once.
  24. A number hatched at once; offspring.
  25. To cover in order to hatch; to cover as with wings; to think persistently.
  26. To cover, as a bird its young; incubate; cherish; nurse; meditate.
  27. All the young birds of a single hatching; offspring; progeny.
  28. The number of birds hatched at once; offspring; that which is bred. See Breed.
  29. To sit over and cover; to cherish; to meditate.
  30. To sit on in order to hatch; to cover with the wings; to continue anxiously pondering.
  31. To sit over, as a bird over her eggs; to spread over as with wings; to dwell on a subject in anxious thought; to cherish.
  32. Offspring; progeny; the number of birds hatched at a time.

Usage examples for brood

  1. It has also been supposed that a low form or imperfect condition of a mould has much to do with the disease of bees known as " foul brood." – Fungi: Their Nature and Uses by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  2. No more can it make me sorrowful to brood over the days that are gone, or to remember the song that once would have made my heart a fountain of tears. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald
  3. And us thou sent'st to brood in the corners! – More English Fairy Tales by Various
  4. For when the mind Hath once been mother of an evil brood, It nurses nought but evils. – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  5. Then it was said that the large city, that brood- oven of vice and misery, was responsible. – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh
  6. The whole brood now stopped under the lindens. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
  7. Only those who brood in idleness over the misfortunes and disappointments of life are destroyed by them. – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  8. Five years hence she will have her brood around her. – Tales of the Chesapeake by George Alfred Townsend
  9. Barbara was the eldest of the brood. – Not Quite Eighteen by Susan Coolidge
  10. I encouraged the thoughts of all the children to rest and brood upon the fragments that are given us, and, believing that the imagination is one of the most powerful of all the faculties for aiding the growth of truth in the mind, I would ask them questions as to what they thought he might have said or done in ordinary family occurrences, thus giving a reality in their minds to this part of his history, and trying to rouse in them a habit of referring their conduct to the standard of his. – The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 by George MacDonald
  11. When he went over th' wall again th' rest of th' brood was gone an' he was lonely an' he come back to me." – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  12. I kept only a single pair out of each brood and disposed of that pair as soon as the next generation became grown. – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis
  13. With his beloved queen, and their fair little brood of children, the King cast aside his cares, and was all, and more than all, he had been as the ornament of Henry's Court. – The Caged Lion by Charlotte M. Yonge
  14. There would be a new family, of course; a brood of sons and daughters to divide her heritage. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  15. This was a family scene that had grown wearisome to the children, who took little interest in it, and the mother of the brood at last fell away, and allowed the man to leave the room. – Dorothy Dale in the City by Margaret Penrose
  16. The fear- brood will not depart until the soul has acquired a fixed habit of courage. – Mastery of Self by Frank Channing Haddock
  17. Ferdinand would have given much to stamp out the brood; and had he been able to turn the pages of the book of fate he would have given even more. – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  18. But you shouldn't brood over it. – Windows (Fifth Series Plays) by John Galsworthy Last Updated: February 10, 2009
  19. It was as dull as usual; she had ample leisure to brood over what lay before her. – The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson