The key is how much we can brood, and what is meant by brooding—is it to daydream, or is it to agonize over every detail?
An uncle and his family resided in another house and his aunt and her brood in a third.
The Atlantic explains one rough part of being a 17-year brood: developers often turn forests into cities in far less time.
Subsequent investigation showed that he had set up a patronage operation to benefit his own brood.
Which is a question that French nationalists continue to brood about.
They hugged the steamer like a brood of younglings waiting for their food.
A week later the brood is all hatched and the parental troubles begin.
Our first brood comes between the first of June and the tenth, and in the last eight years they have been very serious.
Come into the music room, sit down and brood as long as you like.
She had an old Leghorn hen that a mink killed just after the hen had brought out a brood of chickens.
Old English brod "brood, fetus, hatchling," from Proto-Germanic *brod (cf. Middle Dutch broet, Old High German bruot, German Brut "brood"), literally "that which is hatched by heat," from *bro- "to warm, heat," from PIE *bhre- "burn, heat, incubate," from root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)).