Brood

Definition of Brood

Pronunciation: brōch
n.1.The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens.
As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.
- Luke xiii. 34.
A hen followed by a brood of ducks.
- Spectator.
2.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.
The lion roars and gluts his tawny brood.
- Wordsworth.
3.That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
Flocks of the airy brood,
(Cranes, geese or long-necked swans).
- Chapman.
4.(Mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
To sit on brood
to ponder.
- Shak.
a.1.Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.
2.Kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock; having young; as, a brood sow.
v. i.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Brooded; p. pr. & vb. n. Brooding.]
Birds of calm sir brooding on the charmed wave.
- Milton.
2.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.
Brooding on unprofitable gold.
- Dryden.
Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit.
- Hawthorne.
When with downcast eyes we muse and brood.
- Tennyson.
v. t.1.To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens.
2.To cherish with care.
3.To think anxiously or moodily upon.
You'll sit and brood your sorrows on a throne.
- Dryden.

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