- an implement for sweeping, consisting of a brush of straw or stiff strands of synthetic material bound tightly to the end of a long handle.
- any shrubby plant belonging to the genus Genista or the genus Cytisus, of the legume family, especially C. scoparius, common in Western Europe on uncultivated ground and having long, slender branches bearing yellow flowers.
- Building Trades. the crushed and spread part at the head of a wooden pile after driving.
- to sweep: Broom the porch.
- to splinter or fray mechanically.
- to crush and spread the top of (a piling, tent peg, etc.) by pounding or driving with a hammer or the like.
- to brush (freshly poured concrete) with a broom to give a nonskid surface, as to walks or driveways.
- (of a piling, tent peg, etc.) to be crushed and spread at the top from being driven.
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Several common names have been applied to this disease, among which "bunch" and "brooming" have most frequently been used.
The names "brooming" and "witches'-broom" have already been applied to diseases caused by fungi.
By this time His Majesty's Mail was stamping his feet and brooming the snow from his seal-hide boots.Billy Topsail, M.D.
- an implement for sweeping consisting of a long handle to which is attached either a brush of straw, bristles, or twigs, bound together, or a solid head into which are set tufts of bristles or fibres
- any of various yellow-flowered Eurasian leguminous shrubs of the genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium, esp C. scoparius
- any of various similar Eurasian plants of the related genera Genista and Spartium
- new broom a newly appointed official, etc, eager to make changes
- (tr) to sweep with a broom
Word Origin for broom
Old English brom "broom, brushwood," the common flowering shrub whose twigs were tied together to make a tool for sweeping, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz "thorny bush" (cf. Dutch braam, German Brombeere "blackberry"), from PIE root *bh(e)rem- "to project, a point."
Traditionally, both the flowers and sweeping with broom twigs were considered unlucky in May (Suffolk, Sussex, Wiltshire, etc.). The witch's flying broomstick originally was one among many such objects (pitchfork, trough, bowl), but the broomstick became fixed as the popular tool of supernatural flight via engravings from a famous Lancashire witch trial of 1612.
see new broom sweeps clean.