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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  • brooding — rood ing, a. good at incubating eggs, especially of a fowl kept for that purpose; as, a brooding hen. Syn: brood, hatching. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • brooding — rood ing, a. 1. worried and thinking long and intensely, especially about a particular problem. Syn: broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative, gloomy, morose. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brooding — index contemplation, deliberation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • brooding — (adj.) 1640s, hovering, overhanging (as a mother bird does her nest), from prp. of BROOD (Cf. brood) (v.); meaning that dwells moodily first attested 1818 (in Frankenstein ) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • brooding — [[t]bru͟ːdɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Brooding is used to describe an atmosphere or feeling that makes you feel anxious or slightly afraid. [LITERARY] The same heavy, brooding silence descended on them. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If someone s… …   English dictionary

  • brooding — brood|ing [ˈbru:dıŋ] adj literary 1.) mysterious and threatening ▪ the brooding silence of the forest 2.) looking thoughtful and sad ▪ brooding eyes >broodingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brooding — adj. Brooding is used with these nouns: ↑silence …   Collocations dictionary

  • brooding — brood|ing [ brudıŋ ] adjective 1. ) LITERARY making you feel as if something bad or dangerous is about to happen 2. ) looking as if you are thinking and worrying about something: the brooding expression in his dark eyes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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