brood: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (brd), [key]
— n.
  1. a number of young produced or hatched at one time; a family of offspring or young.
  2. a breed, species, group, or kind: The museum exhibited a brood of monumental sculptures.
  1. to sit upon (eggs) to hatch, as a bird; incubate.
  2. (of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) with the wings or body.
  3. to think or worry persistently or moodily about; ponder: He brooded the problem.
  1. to sit upon eggs to be hatched, as a bird.
  2. to dwell on a subject or to meditate with morbid persistence (usually fol. by over or on).
  3. to cover, loom, or seem to fill the atmosphere or scene: The haunted house on the hill brooded above the village.
  1. kept for breeding: a brood hen.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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