- 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
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
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 and History 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.