- Pharmacology. potassium bromide, known to produce central nervous system depression, formerly used as a sedative.
- a platitude or trite saying.
- a person who is platitudinous and boring.
Origin of bromide
Examples from the Web for bromide
Contemporary Examples of bromide
He was adept at deflecting a direct question with an anecdote or a bromide presented as a confidence.Richard Holbrooke's Brilliant Drive
December 13, 2010
Historical Examples of bromide
That first night we had to give her bromide, and she woke very miserable.Lotus Buds
He did so, and gave me daily a teaspoonful of bromide of potassium.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
"You'd better take a few doses of bromide," said the detective brusquely.The Shrieking Pit
Arthur J. Rees
How could you distinguish between a chloride, a bromide, and an iodide?An Elementary Study of Chemistry
The first of these is the bleach, or oxidizing mixture of bromide and ferricyanide.Bromide Printing and Enlarging
John A. Tennant
- any salt of hydrobromic acid, containing the monovalent ion Br – (bromide ion)
- any compound containing a bromine atom, such as methyl bromide
- a dose of sodium or potassium bromide given as a sedative
- a trite saying; platitude
- a dull or boring person
Word Origin for bromide
compound of bromine and another metal or radical, 1836, from bromine, the pungent, poisonous element, + -ide. Used as a sedative; figurative sense of "dull, conventional person or trite saying" popularized by U.S. humorist Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951) in his book "Are You a Bromide?" (1906). Related: Bromidic.
- A binary compound of bromine with another element, especially a salt containing monovalent negatively charged bromine.
- Potassium bromide.
- A compound, such as potassium bromide, containing bromine and another element or radical.