- Machinery. an elongated, tapered, serrated cutting tool for shaping and enlarging holes.
- a spit for roasting meat.
- a gimlet for tapping casks.
- (in a lock) a pin receiving the barrel of a key.
- Also broach spire. Architecture. an octagonal spire rising directly from a tower without any intervening feature.
- Masonry. a pointed tool for the rough dressing of stone.
- to enlarge and finish with a broach.
- to mention or suggest for the first time: to broach a subject.
- to draw (beer, liquor, etc.), as by tapping: to broach beer from a keg.
- to tap or pierce.
- Masonry. to shape or dress (a block of stone).
- Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to veer to windward.
- to break the surface of water; rise from the sea, as a fish or a submarine.
Origin of broach
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Examples from the Web for broached
We were at the CIA recently, and I broached this question because it was front and center in our make-believe intelligence agency.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’
September 30, 2013
Names broached have included former Treasury secretary Tim Geithner and former Fed vice chairman Donald Kohn.Roger Ferguson Is Wall Street’s Fantasy for Federal Reserve Chairman
September 24, 2013
These questions were not broached, and it almost seemed as if the lawmakers were not even interested in the answers.A One-Sided House Hearing Against Palestinian Reconciliation
February 5, 2013
She added that Koch Industries had “good-faith concerns we broached with CPI” that remained unanswered.Corporate Counterattack
April 18, 2011
It is time to resurrect an idea first broached by Ronald Reagan: eliminating Cabinet departments.How the GOP Freshmen Should Battle the Budget
February 17, 2011
I didn't quite see how the subject was to be broached: still, some way might open.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It is only this moment broached; and naturally I hurry to you the moment it is broached.'Little Dorrit
"Why, you know I can't run," Jim complained, when Ned broached the matter to him.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Mademoiselle, when the plan was broached to her, made no objection.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
One of these had been broached against its being needed by the gunners on the poop.The Sea-Hawk
- (tr) to initiate (a topic) for discussionto broach a dangerous subject
- (tr) to tap or pierce (a container) to draw off (a liquid)to broach a cask; to broach wine
- (tr) to open in order to begin to useto broach a shipment
- (intr) to break the surface of the waterthe trout broached after being hooked
- (tr) machinery to enlarge and finish (a hole) by reaming
- a long tapered toothed cutting tool for enlarging holes
- a spit for roasting meat, etc
- a roof covering the corner triangle on the top of a square tower having an octagonal spire
- a pin, forming part of some types of lock, that registers in the hollow bore of a key
- a tool used for tapping casks
- a less common spelling of brooch
- nautical (usually foll by to) to cause (a sailing vessel) to swerve sharply and dangerously or (of a sailing vessel) to swerve sharply and dangerously in a following sea, so as to be broadside to the waves
Word Origin and History for broached
"pointed instrument," c.1300, from Old French broche (12c.) "spit for roasting, awl, point end, top," from Vulgar Latin *brocca "pointed tool," noun use of fem. of Latin adjective broccus "projecting, pointed" (used especially of teeth), perhaps of Gaulish origin (cf. Gaelic brog "awl").
"pierce," early 14c., from the same source as broach (n.). Meaning "begin to talk about" is 1570s, a figurative use with suggestions of "broaching" a cask or of spurring into action (cf. Old French brochier, 12c., "to spur," also "to penetrate sexually"). Related: Broached broaching.
- A dental instrument for removing the pulp of a tooth or exploring its canal.