- 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 booming
There are times when economies are booming, but people continue to fall through the cracks.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain
December 21, 2014
Yes, the stock market is booming but overwhelmingly Americans are unhappy with their economic situation—and for good reason.Voters Remind D.C. That the Economy Still Sucks
November 6, 2014
Her voice, booming and soulful, capturing the attention of every ear in the theater, confirms what she is capable of.The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen
October 16, 2014
“You know, you ask a lot of questions,” says the security guard in a booming voice.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
Rooftop solar—individual homeowners putting generating systems on their roofs—is also booming in Arizona.Panel Discussion
The Daily Beast
September 8, 2014
From my first sleep I was awakened by a long, booming yell from our guest outside.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
When they reached the shop where topees were to be got, she heard a familiar, booming voice.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
As to old Cullingworth, he is booming along as merrily as ever.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
It was a booming voice, with a quality that dragged at the attention of the crowd.The Velvet Glove
These are the two men; and as for Tombstone, it was booming.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
- 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 booming
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 booming
see lower the boom.