- 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 boom
Christie has a lot riding on fulfilling his promise of shepherding Atlantic City into a third boom era.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
And so there has been a boom in placing solar fields on top of landfills.Garbage In, Power Out
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
In a new video, the Kentucky Republican brags about lowering the boom on sexual harasser Bob Packwood.And Now Mitch McConnell Is the ‘Pro-Woman’ Candidate!
October 20, 2014
For most African countries, the past two decades have been boom time.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)
September 9, 2014
“It was so opulent that no one ever thought it would sink, then boom—it was gone,” says Conway.The Ghost Hotels of the Catskills
August 25, 2014
The boom of the huge mortars on the boats there sounded above everything.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
With grains that feed the Cannon's breath, And boom his sentences of death!
Admiral Hobson, who broke the boom at Vigo in 1702, belonged to the same calling.Self-Help
The boom should be made a trifle smaller in diameter than the mast.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
What a thin tinkle it made out there, yet how deep was its boom within!The Christian
- 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 boom
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 boom
see lower the boom.