Boom meaning

bo͝om
To make a deep, hollow, resonant sound.
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To speak or indicate with such a sound.

The clock boomed out the hour.

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Swift, vigorous growth or development.
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A booming sound, as of thunder, heavy guns, etc.
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A spar extending from a mast to hold the bottom of a sail outstretched.
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A long beam extending as from an upright to lift or carry something and guide it as needed.

The boom of a derrick, a microphone boom.

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A barrier of chains or poles to obstruct navigation.
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In lumbering,
  • A barrier across a river or around an area of water to prevent floating logs from dispersing.
  • The area in which logs are thus confined.
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A retractable metal tube for transferring fuel from a tanker to another plane in flight.
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To stretch out (sails) as with a boom so as to take maximum advantage of a wind abaft the beam and hence make speed.
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To go rapidly along; move with speed or vigor.
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To increase suddenly in size, importance, activity, etc.; undergo swift, vigorous growth; flourish.

Business boomed.

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To promote vigorously; popularize.

They boomed him for mayor.

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A period of business prosperity, industrial expansion, etc.
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A sudden favorable turn in business or political prospects.
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Of, characteristic of, or resulting from a boom in business, etc.
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To make a loud, resonant sound.

Thunder boomed in the distance and lightning flashes lit up the horizon.

The cannon boomed, recoiled, and spewed a heavy smoke cloud.

Beneath the cliff, the sea was booming on the rocks.

I can hear the organ slowly booming from the chapel.

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(figuratively, of speech) To exclaim with force, to shout, to thunder.
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To make something boom.

Men in grey robes slowly booming the drums of death.

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If you pull this off every paper in England and America will be booming you.
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To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press of sail, before a free wind.
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A low-pitched, resonant sound, such as of an explosion.

The boom of the surf.

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One of the calls of certain monkeys or birds.
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Used to suggest the sound of an explosion.
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(nautical) A spar extending the foot of a sail; a spar rigged outboard from a ship's side to which boats are secured in harbour.
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A movable pole used to support a microphone or camera.
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A horizontal member of a crane or derrick, used for lifting.
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(electronics) The longest element of a Yagi antenna, on which the other, smaller ones, are transversally mounted.
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A floating barrier used to obstruct navigation, for military or other purposes; or used for the containment of an oil spill.
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A wishbone shaped piece of windsurfing equipment.
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The arm of a crane (mechanical lifting machine).
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The section of the arm on a backhoe closest to the tractor.
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To extend, or push, with a boom or pole.

To boom out a sail; to boom off a boat.

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(economics, business) A period of prosperity or high market activity.
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(intransitive) To be prosperous.

Business was booming.

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(dated) To cause to advance rapidly in price.

To boom railroad or mining shares.

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A botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist Boudewijn Karel Boom (1903-1980).
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The definition of a boom is a loud deep sound that is often very surprising.

An example of boom is the sound a car makes when it backfires or the sound a balloon makes when it pops.

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To make a deep, resonant sound.
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To grow, develop, or progress rapidly; flourish.

Business is booming.

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To utter or give forth with a deep, resonant sound.

A field commander booming out orders.

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To cause to grow or flourish; boost.
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A deep resonant sound, as of an explosion.
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A time of economic prosperity.
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A sudden increase, as in popularity.
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A long spar extending from a mast to hold or extend the foot of a sail.
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A long pole extending upward at an angle from the mast of a derrick to support or guide objects being lifted or suspended.
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To move or position using a crane.

Boomed the cargo onto the ship.

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The resonant cry of certain animals, as the bullfrog.
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A long movable arm used to maneuver and support a microphone.
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drop
  • To act suddenly and forcefully to repress a practice or reprimand an offender; crack down.
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lower the boom
  • To act suddenly and forcefully in dealing out punishment or criticism, in defeating, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of boom

  • Dutch tree, pole from Middle Dutch bheuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bomben imitative of a loud noise

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Onomatopoetic, perhaps borrowed; compare German bummen, Dutch bommen.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Dutch boom (“tree, pole”). Compare English beam.

    From Wiktionary

  • Or uncertain origin; perhaps a development of Etymology 1, above.

    From Wiktionary