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besom


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Besom  \Be"som\,  n.  [OE.  besme,  besum,  AS  besma;  akin  to  D. 
  bezem,  OHG  pesamo,  G.  besen;  of  uncertain  origin.] 
  A  brush  of  twigs  for  sweeping;  a  broom;  anything  which  sweeps 
  away  or  destroys.  [Archaic  or  Fig.] 
 
  I  will  sweep  it  with  the  besom  of  destruction.  --Isa. 
  xiv.  23. 
 
  The  housemaid  with  her  besom.  --W.  Irving. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Besom  \Be"som\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Besomed}.] 
  To  sweep,  as  with  a  besom.  [Archaic  or  Poetic]  --Cowper. 
 
  Rolls  back  all  Greece,  and  besoms  wide  the  plain. 
  --Barlow. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  besom 
  n  :  a  broom  made  of  twigs  tied  together  on  a  long  handle 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Besom 
  the  rendering  of  a  Hebrew  word  meaning  sweeper,  occurs  only  in 
  Isa.  14:23,  of  the  sweeping  away  the  utter  ruin,  of  Babylon. 
 




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