- to make a deep, prolonged, resonant sound.
- to move with a resounding rush or great impetus.
- to progress, grow, or flourish vigorously, as a business or a city: Her business is booming since she enlarged the store.
- to give forth with a booming sound (often followed by out): The clock boomed out nine.
- to boost; campaign for vigorously: His followers are booming George for mayor.
- a deep, prolonged, resonant sound.
- the resonant cry of a bird or animal.
- a buzzing, humming, or droning, as of a bee or beetle.
- a rapid increase in price, development, numbers, etc.: a boom in housing construction.
- a period of rapid economic growth, prosperity, high wages and prices, and relatively full employment.
- a rise in popularity, as of a political candidate.
- caused by or characteristic of a boom: boom prices.
Origin of boom1
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- Nautical. any of various more or less horizontal spars or poles for extending the feet of sails, especially fore-and-aft sails, for handling cargo, suspending mooring lines alongside a vessel, pushing a vessel away from wharves, etc.
- an outrigger used on certain aircraft for connecting the tail surfaces to the fuselage.
- a maneuverable and retractable pipe on a tanker aircraft for refueling another aircraft in flight.
- chord1(def 4).
- a chain, cable, series of connected floating timbers, or the like, serving to obstruct navigation, confine floating timber, etc.
- the area thus shut off.
- Machinery. a spar or beam projecting from the mast of a derrick for supporting or guiding the weights to be lifted.
- (on a motion-picture or television stage) a spar or beam on a mobile crane for holding or manipulating a microphone or camera.
- to extend or position, as a sail (usually followed by out or off).
- to manipulate (an object) by or as by means of a crane or derrick.
- to sail at full speed.
- lower the boom, to take decisive punitive action: The government has lowered the boom on tax evaders.
Origin of boom2
Examples from the Web for boomed
Accommodation marketplaces like Onefinestay, Airbnb, and Trampolinn have boomed in popularity.How to Get Cheaper Tickets, Live Like a Local, and Other Great Travel Hacks
June 4, 2014
On the eve of the double-barreled canonization, the skies over Rome boomed with thunder and poured with rain.Onscene as Pope Francis Makes Saints of John Paul II and John XXIII
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 27, 2014
That is to say, the market has boomed so much in large measure because corporate profits have boomed so much.Don’t Credit Obama with the Stock Boom, Credit the Fed and the International Economy
November 13, 2013
Business has boomed since the push to defund Obamacare caught on.The Obamacare Swindle
September 18, 2013
Exports—ranging from soy, flowers, copper, and iron ore to computers, appliances, and jets—have boomed.Latin America’s Secret Success Story
Shannon K. O'Neil
July 16, 2013
"There, now," she boomed, as if some satisfying finality had been brought about.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"People, you must be patient," boomed the Government announcer.
The big Sharps boomed; the saddles emptied to their booming.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
Long, slow swells were running, and they boomed inshore on the rocks.Tales of Fishes
"On the right," boomed old Anson from the foot of the table.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- to make a deep prolonged resonant sound, as of thunder or artillery fire
- to prosper or cause to prosper vigorously and rapidlybusiness boomed
- a deep prolonged resonant soundthe boom of the sea
- the cry of certain animals, esp the bittern
- a period of high economic growth characterized by rising wages, profits, and prices, full employment, and high levels of investment, trade, and other economic activityCompare depression (def. 5)
- any similar period of high activity
- the activity itselfa baby boom
- nautical a spar to which a sail is fastened to control its position relative to the wind
- a beam or spar pivoting at the foot of the mast of a derrick, controlling the distance from the mast at which a load is lifted or lowered
- a pole, usually extensible, carrying an overhead microphone and projected over a film or television set
- a barrier across a waterway, usually consisting of a chain of connected floating logs, to confine free-floating logs, protect a harbour from attack, etc
- the area so barred off
Word Origin and History for boomed
mid-15c., earliest use was for bees and wasps, probably echoic of humming. The meaning "make a loud noise" is 15c. Cf. bomb. Meaning "to burst into prosperity" (of places, businesses, etc.) is 1871, American English. Related: Boomed; booming. Boom box first attested 1978.
"long pole," 1540s, from Scottish boun, borrowed from Dutch boom "tree, pole, beam," from a Middle Dutch word analogous to Old English beam (see beam (n.)).
Idioms and Phrases with boomed
see lower the boom.