1. a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle;
2. any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers;
3. common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere;
[syn: heather, ling, Scots heather, broom, Calluna vulgaris]
1. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom;
- Example: "Sweep the crumbs off the table"
- Example: "Sweep under the bed"
[syn: sweep, broom]
2. finish with a broom;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Broom \Broom\ (br[=oo]m), n. [OE. brom, brome, AS. br[=o]m; akin to LG. bram, D. brem, OHG. br[=a]mo broom, thorn?bush, G. brombeere blackberry. Cf. Bramble, n.] 1. (Bot.) A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers. [1913 Webster] No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom. [1913 Webster] Butcher's broom, a plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of the Smilax family, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks; -- called also knee holly. See Cladophyll. Dyer's broom, a species of mignonette (Reseda luteola), used for dyeing yellow; dyer's weed; dyer's rocket. Spanish broom. See under Spanish. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Broom \Broom\, v. t. (Naut.) See Bream. [1913 Webster] broomcornMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
37 Moby Thesaurus words for "broom": autoclave, brush, carpet sweeper, comb, currycomb, dishcloth, dishwasher, doormat, duster, dustpan, facecloth, hackle, hairbrush, handkerchief, holystone, hose, mop, napkin, pumice stone, rake, scraper, scrub brush, scrubber, serviette, sponge, sudarium, swab, toothbrush, toothpick, towel, vacuum cleaner, washboard, washer, washing machine, whisk, wisp, wringer