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Meaning of broach

broach

Pronunciation: (brōch), [key]
— n.
  1. an elongated, tapered, serrated cutting tool for shaping and enlarging holes.
  2. a spit for roasting meat.
  3. a gimlet for tapping casks.
  4. (in a lock) a pin receiving the barrel of a key.
  5. an octagonal spire rising directly from a tower without any intervening feature.
  6. a pointed tool for the rough dressing of stone.
  7. brooch.
—v.t.
  1. to enlarge and finish with a broach.
  2. to mention or suggest for the first time: to broach a subject.
  3. to draw (beer, liquor, etc.), as by tapping: to broach beer from a keg.
  4. to tap or pierce.
  5. to shape or dress (a block of stone).
—v.i.
  1. (of a sailing vessel) to veer to windward.
  2. to break the surface of water; rise from the sea, as a fish or a submarine.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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