Definitions for: Boom


[n] any of various more-or-less horizontal spars or poles used to extend the foot of a sail or for handling cargo or in mooring
[n] a pole carrying an overhead microphone projected over a film or tv set
[n] a deep prolonged loud noise
[n] a sudden happening that brings very good fortune
[n] a state of economic prosperity
[v] grow stronger; "The economy was booming"
[v] hit hard; "He smashed a 3-run homer"
[v] make a deep hollow sound; "Her voice booms out the words of the song"
[v] make a resonant sound; as of artillery; "His deep voice boomed through the hall."
[v] be the case that thunder is being heard; "Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed"



Webster (1913) Definition: Boom (b[=oo]m), n. [D. boom tree, pole, beam, bar. See
Beam.]
1. (Naut.) A long pole or spar, run out for the purpose of
extending the bottom of a particular sail; as, the jib
boom, the studding-sail boom, etc.

2. (Mech.) A long spar or beam, projecting from the mast of a
derrick, from the outer end of which the body to be lifted
is suspended.

3. A pole with a conspicuous top, set up to mark the channel
in a river or harbor. [Obs.]

4. (Mil. & Naval) A strong chain cable, or line of spars
bound together, extended across a river or the mouth of a
harbor, to obstruct navigation or passage.

5. (Lumbering) A line of connected floating timbers stretched
across a river, or inclosing an area of water, to keep saw
logs, etc., from floating away.

Boom iron, one of the iron rings on the yards through which
the studding-sail booms traverse.

The booms, that space on the upper deck of a ship between
the foremast and mainmast, where the boats, spare spars,
etc., are stowed. --Totten.


Boom (b[=oo]m), v. t. (Naut.)
To extend, or push, with a boom or pole; as, to boom out a
sail; to boom off a boat.


Boom (b[=oo]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Boomed, p. pr. &
vb. n. Booming.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. bommen to
hum, D. bommen to drum, sound as an empty barrel, also W.
bwmp a hollow sound; aderyn y bwmp, the bird of the hollow
sound, i. e., the bittern. Cf. Bum, Bump, v. i., Bomb,
v. i.]
1. To cry with a hollow note; to make a hollow sound, as the
bittern, and some insects.

At eve the beetle boometh Athwart the thicket lone.
--Tennyson.

2. To make a hollow sound, as of waves or cannon.

Alarm guns booming through the night air. --W.
Irving.

3. To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press
of sail, before a free wind.

She comes booming down before it. --Totten.

4. To have a rapid growth in market value or in popular
favor; to go on rushingly.


Boom, n.
1. A hollow roar, as of waves or cannon; also, the hollow cry
of the bittern; a booming.

2. A strong and extensive advance, with more or less noisy
excitement; -- applied colloquially or humorously to
market prices, the demand for stocks or commodities and to
political chances of aspirants to office; as, a boom in
the stock market; a boom in coffee. [Colloq. U. S.]


Boom, v. t.
To cause to advance rapidly in price; as, to boom railroad or
mining shares; to create a ``boom'' for; as to boom Mr. C.
for senator. [Colloq. U. S.]

Synonyms: blast, bonanza, boom out, din, expand, flourish, get ahead, manna from heaven, microphone boom, nail, prosper, roar, roaring, smash, thrive, thunder, thunder

See Also: go, grow, happening, hit, luxuriate, natural event, noise, occurrence, pole, prosperity, revive, sailing ship, sailing vessel, sound, spar, storm

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Famous Quotes Containing Boom:


Poverty is a solved problem - all they have to do is abolish taxes and regulations which cripple those intelligent, capable, and responsible men and women and destroy their productive capacity, then stand back and watch the economy boom.

-- L. Neil Smith (American Writer)

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow. There's nothing tangible of yesterday. All I can say I've done is agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes and then boom - it's gone.

-- Edward R. Murrow (American Journalist)

I was in the Air Force and was a boom operator (in-flight refueling). I got my comedy start in the Air Force.

-- Sinbad (American Comedian)

The President has no real plan to address the fiscal challenges arising from the retirement of the baby boom generation, let alone a plan to fix Social Security.

-- Jack Reed (American Politician)

And it's interesting, when you look at the predictions made during the peak of the boom in the 1990s, about e-commerce, or internet traffic, or broadband adoption, or internet advertising, they were all right - they were just wrong in time.

-- Chris Anderson (American Businessman)

There is a kind of fear, approaching a panic, that's spreading through the Baby Boom Generation, which has suddenly discovered that it will have to provide for its own retirement.

-- Ron Chernow (American Author)

The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot happenin' in New York at that time.

-- Mose Allison (American Musician)

Australian SF book publishing has undergone a boom recently, and sometimes it's easier for new writers to sell a book to a local publisher first, which then makes a US edition more likely.

-- Greg Egan (Australian Scientist)

My generation had to be taken seriously because we were stopping things and burning things. We were able to initiate change, because we had such vast numbers. We were part of the baby boom, and when we moved, everything moved with us.

-- John Hughes (American Director)

I remember back in Detroit, I used to go to the Apex Bar every night after I got off work. The bartender there used to call me Boom Boom. I don't know why, but he did.

-- John Lee Hooker (American Musician)

From a technical point of view, there seemed to me to be absolutely no reason why - with the existing technology - we couldn't do very high quality audio, because whereas the boom in digital graphics is ongoing, the boom in digital audio has already happened.

-- Thomas Dolby (English Musician)

Ten years ago I was not heavily involved in the film world but on reflection it was a boom time with the mineral boom happening, so there was immense growth for industrial training films, documentaries to do with the mining, and the outback world.

-- Ann Macbeth (English Author)

People were more interested in the phenomena than the art itself. This, combined with the growing interest in collecting art as an investment and the resultant boom in the art market, made it a difficult time for a young artist to remain sincere without becoming cynical.

-- Keith Haring (American Artist)

When I first saw Jo, I said boom, that was it, because I'm a one-woman man.

-- Ron Wood (British Musician)

After all those years in Asia, I don't have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and - Boom! - people go.

-- Jackie Chan (Chinese Actor)

War can really cause no economic boom, at least not directly, since an increase in wealth never does result from destruction of goods.

-- Ludwig von Mises (Austrian Economist)

I think the dot-com boom and bust represented the end of the beginning. The industry is more mature today.

-- Carly Fiorina (American Businessman)

I was just going at this career - boom, boom, boom! Then all of a sudden, at 38, Oh, my God - I forgot to get married!

-- Connie Chung (American Journalist)

I loved Rent when I first heard it, but it grew on me and so did Tick, Tick... Boom. Some songs are more interesting than others and sometimes the ones that never stood out at first end up being the best to perform.

-- Neil Patrick Harris (American Actor)

Right now we think that rates will stay low, that you'll be able to get a mortgage below seven percent and that's kicked off a refinance boom that's going to put more money in the pockets of consumers.

-- Franklin Raines (American Businessman)

I've made three musical movies which is pretty good considering that not many are made but I was lucky in other ways. I came along when independent movies were starting to boom.

-- Christopher Walken (American Actor)

I'm always listening and watching; my ear is like a boom mike. And judging, frankly. Constantly judging.

-- Kathy Griffin (American Comedian)

Every year, I have to spend another hour working out. Pretty soon I'll be spending eight hours working out just to fit in the costume. I have the feeling that the minute I stop doing the character, boom, Roseanne Barr.

-- Cassandra Peterson (American Comedian)

I mean, I guess I started during the comedy boom, so it was literally like, on Sunday you could decide you wanted to be a comic, and on Monday, you could be on stage.

-- Todd Barry (American -)


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