I. noun Etymology: Middle English broche, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *brocca, from Latin, feminine of broccus projecting Date: 13th century 1. brooch 2. any of various pointed or tapered tools, implements, or parts: as a. a spit for roasting meat b. a tool for tapping casks c. a cutting tool for removing material from metal or plastic to shape an outside surface or a hole II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to pierce (as a cask) in order to draw the contents; also to open for the first time b. to open up or break into (as a mine or stores) 2. to shape or enlarge (a hole) with a broach 3. a. to make known for the first time b. to open up (a subject) for discussion intransitive verb to break the surface from below Synonyms: see expressbroacher noun III. intransitive verb Etymology: perhaps from 2broach Date: 1705 to veer or yaw dangerously so as to lie broadside to the waves — often used with to

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  • Broach — may mean: *Broach (metalworking) A metalworking tool with a series of chisel points mounted on one piece of steel. *Broach (sailing) A sudden instability in the heading of a sailboat when sailing downwind. *Broach (submarine) Submarines operating …   Wikipedia

  • Broach — Broach, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Broached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Broaching}.] [F. brocher, fr. broche. See {Broach}, n.] 1. To spit; to pierce as with a spit. [1913 Webster] I ll broach the tadpole on my rapier s point. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To tap; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • broach — [brōch] n. [ME broche, a pin, peg, spit < OFr broche, broc < ML brocca, a spike, point < L broccus, with projecting teeth; of Celt orig.] 1. a sharp pointed rod used to hold roasting meat; spit 2. a tapered bit on a metal cutting machine …   English World dictionary

  • Broach — Broach, n. [OE. broche, F. broche, fr. LL. brocca; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. proc thrust, stab, Gael. brog awl. Cf. {Brooch}.] 1. A spit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He turned a broach that had worn a crown. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. An awl; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • broach — [brəutʃ US broutʃ] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: broach to make a hole in, stab (14 17 centuries), from broach tool for making holes (14 17 centuries), from French broche; BROOCH] 1.) broach the subject/question/matter etc to mention a subject… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • broach — [ broutʃ ] verb transitive to begin discussing something with someone, especially when you feel nervous because it may upset them: He decided it was time to broach the subject of a pay raise …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • broach — broach·er; broach; …   English syllables

  • broach — [v1] bring up a topic advance, approach, bring up, hint at, interject, interpose, introduce, mention, moot, move, offer, open up, propose, raise subject, speak of, submit, suggest, talk of, touch on, ventilate*; concept 51 Ant. not mention broach …   New thesaurus

  • Broach — (spr. Brotsch), 1) Stadt in dem gleichnamigen Steuerbezirke (Collectorata) der britischen Präsidentschaft Bombay in Ostindien, an der rechten Seite der Nerbudda (Nasmada), etwa 7 Ml. oberhalb deren Mündung; mit 31,330 Ew., von denen 12,971 in der …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Broach — (spr. brōtsch), Stadt, s. Barotsch …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Broach — (spr. brohtsch), engl. verderbt für Bharotsch (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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