Definitions for: Brood

[n] the young of an animal cared for at one time
[adj] good at incubating eggs especially a fowl kept for that purpose; "a brood hen"
[v] sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
[v] think moodily or anxiously about something
[v] be in a huff; be silent or sullen
[v] be in a huff
[v] hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

Webster (1913) Definition: Brood (br[=oo]d), n. [OE. brod, AS. br[=o]d; akin to D.
broed, OHG. bruot, G. brut, and also to G. br["u]he broth,
MHG. br["u]eje, and perh. to E. brawn, breath. Cf. Breed,
v. t.]
1. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood
of chickens.

As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.
--Luke xiii.

A hen followed by a brood of ducks. --Spectator.

2. The young from the same dam, whether produced at the same
time or not; young children of the same mother, especially
if nearly of the same age; offspring; progeny; as, a woman
with a brood of children.

The lion roars and gluts his tawny brood.

3. That which is bred or produced; breed; species.

Flocks of the airy brood, (Cranes, geese or
long-necked swans). --Chapman.

4. (Mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.

To sit on brood, to ponder. [Poetic] --Shak.

Brood, a.
1. Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.

2. Kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock;
having young; as, a brood sow.

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.

Birds of calm sir brooding on the charmed wave.

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.

Brooding on unprofitable gold. --Dryden.

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

When with downcast eyes we muse and brood.

Brood (br[=oo]d), v. t.
1. To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her

2. To cherish with care. [R.]

3. To think anxiously or moodily upon.

You'll sit and brood your sorrows on a throne.

Synonyms: brooding, bulk large, cover, dwell, grizzle, hatch, hatching, hover, incubate, loom, oviparous, pout, stew, sulk, sulk, worry

See Also: animal group, be, chew over, clutch, contemplate, dwell on, excogotate, hang, linger over, meditate, mull, mull over, multiply, muse, ponder, procreate, reflect, reproduce, resent, ruminate, sit, sit down, speculate, think over

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