Brood Brood (br[=o]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Brooded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brooding}.] 1. To sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to warm and protect them; hence, to sit quietly, as if brooding. [1913 Webster]

Birds of calm sir brooding on the charmed wave. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To have the mind dwell continuously or moodily on a subject; to think long and anxiously; to be in a state of gloomy, serious thought; -- usually followed by over or on; as, to brood over misfortunes. [1913 Webster]

Brooding on unprofitable gold. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

When with downcast eyes we muse and brood. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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