A delicate bloom on a rose bush.
- An example of a bloom is a bud on a rose.
- An example of a bloom is a glowing complexion.
- a flower; blossom
- flowers collectively, as of a plant
- the state or time of flowering
- a state or time of best health or greatest beauty, vigor, or freshness; prime
- a youthful, healthy glow (of cheeks, skin, etc.)
- the grayish, powdery coating on various fruits, as the plum, grape, etc., and on some leaves
- any similar coating, as on new coins
- a mass of planktonic algae in lakes, ponds, or the sea, as in the development of red tides
Origin of bloomMiddle English blom ; from Old Norse blomi, flowers and foliage on trees ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhlō-, variant, variety of base an unverified form bhel-, to swell, sprout from source blade, bleed, Classical Latin flos, flower, Classical Greek phyllon, leaf
- to bear a flower or flowers; blossom
- to reach a prime condition, as in health, vigor, beauty, perfection, etc.; flourish
- to glow with color, health, etc.
- a spongy mass of wrought iron ready for further working
- a thick bar of iron or steel obtained by rolling or hammering an ingot
Origin of bloomOld English bloma, lump of metal
- a. The flower of a plant.b. Something resembling the flower of a plant: “Her hair was caught all to one side in a great bloom of frizz” (Anne Tyler).
- a. The condition of being in flower: a rose in full bloom.b. A condition or time of vigor and beauty; prime: “the radiant bloom of Greek genius” (Edith Hamilton).
- A fresh, rosy complexion: “She was short, plump, and fair, with a fine bloom” (Jane Austen).
- a. A waxy or powdery whitish to bluish coating on the surface of certain plant parts, as on cabbage leaves or on a plum or grape.b. A similar coating, as on newly minted coins.c. Grayish blotches or streaks on the surface of chocolate produced by the formation of cocoa butter crystals.d. Chemistry See efflorescence.
- Glare that is caused by a shiny object reflecting too much light into a camera.
- A colored area on the surface of a body of water caused by large numbers of phytoplankton, especially cyanobacteria.
verbbloomed, bloom·ing, blooms
- a. To bear a flower or flowers.b. To support plant life in abundance: rains that made the yard bloom.
- To glow; be radiant: “Our summer-gray potbellied stove bloomed rosy red during winter” (Maya Angelou).
- To mature or flourish with youth and vigor: genius blooming under a great teacher.
- To appear or come into being suddenly: “Her pale shoulders bloomed from the green flounces” (Erin McGraw).
- To cause to flourish.
- Obsolete To cause to flower.
Origin of bloomMiddle English blom, from Old Norse blōm; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
yellowish phytoplankton boom at the Leighton Moss nature reserve near Carnforth,
- A bar of steel prepared for rolling.
- A mass of wrought iron ready for further working.
Origin of bloomMiddle English blome, lump of metal, from Old English blōma; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
- A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
- Flowers, collectively.
- (uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
- The cherry trees are in bloom.
- A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms.
- the bloom of youth
- The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
- Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
- The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
- A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather.
- (mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
- the rose-red cobalt bloom
- A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
From Middle English blome, from Old Norse blóm, from Proto-Germanic *blōmô (compare West Frisian blom, Low German Bloom, Dutch bloem, German Blume, Danish blomme, Swedish blomma), from *blōaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bleh₃- (“to thrive, flower, bloom”) (compare Irish blath (“leaf”), Latin folium (“leaf”), Albanian bilonjë (“twig, branch”), Ancient Greek [script?] (phýllon, “leaf”)). More at blow.
(third-person singular simple present blooms, present participle blooming, simple past and past participle bloomed)
- To cause to blossom; to make flourish.
- To bestow a bloom upon; to make blooming or radiant.
- (intransitive) Of a plant, to produce blooms; to open its blooms.
- (intransitive, figuratively) Of a person, business, etc, to flourish; to be in a state of healthful, growing youth and vigour; to show beauty and freshness.
From Middle English bloom (“a blossom”)
From Old English blōma
- A surname.