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broach


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Broach  \Broach\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Broached};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Broaching}.]  [F.  brocher,  fr  broche.  See  {Broach},  n.] 
  1.  To  spit;  to  pierce  as  with  a  spit. 
 
  I'll  broach  the  tadpole  on  my  rapier's  point. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  tap;  to  pierce,  as  a  cask,  in  order  to  draw  the  liquor. 
  Hence:  To  let  out  to  shed,  as  blood. 
 
  Whereat  with  blade,  with  bloody  blameful  blade,  He 
  bravely  broached  his  boiling  bloody  breast.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  open  for  the  first  time,  as  stores. 
 
  You  shall  want  neither  weapons,  victuals,  nor  aid;  I 
  will  open  the  old  armories,  I  will  broach  my  store, 
  and  will  bring  forth  my  stores.  --Knolles. 
 
  4.  To  make  public;  to  utter;  to  publish  first  to  put  forth; 
  to  introduce  as  a  topic  of  conversation. 
 
  Those  very  opinions  themselves  had  broached. 
  --Swift. 
 
  5.  To  cause  to  begin  or  break  out  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  6.  (Masonry)  To  shape  roughly,  as  a  block  of  stone,  by 
  chiseling  with  a  coarse  tool.  [Scot.  &  North  of  Eng.] 
 
  7.  To  enlarge  or  dress  (a  hole),  by  using  a  broach. 
 
  {To  broach  to}  (Naut.),  to  incline  suddenly  to  windward,  so 
  as  to  lay  the  sails  aback,  and  expose  the  vessel  to  the 
  danger  of  oversetting. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Broach  \Broach\,  n.  [OE.  broche,  F.  broche,  fr  LL  brocca; 
  prob.  of  Celtic  origin;  cf  W.  proc  thrust,  stab,  Gael.  brog 
  awl.  Cf  {Brooch}.] 
  1.  A  spit.  [Obs.] 
 
  He  turned  a  broach  that  had  worn  a  crown.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  An  awl;  a  bodkin;  also  a  wooden  rod  or  pin,  sharpened  at 
  each  end  used  by  thatchers.  [Prov.  Eng.]  --Forby. 
 
  3.  (Mech.) 
  a  A  tool  of  steel,  generally  tapering,  and  of  a 
  polygonal  form  with  from  four  to  eight  cutting  edges, 
  for  smoothing  or  enlarging  holes  in  metal;  sometimes 
  made  smooth  or  without  edges,  as  for  burnishing  pivot 
  holes  in  watches;  a  reamer.  The  broach  for  gun  barrels 
  is  commonly  square  and  without  taper. 
  b  A  straight  tool  with  file  teeth,  made  of  steel,  to  be 
  pressed  through  irregular  holes  in  metal  that  cannot 
  be  dressed  by  revolving  tools;  a  drift. 
 
  4.  (Masonry)  A  broad  chisel  for  stonecutting. 
 
  5.  (Arch.)  A  spire  rising  from  a  tower.  [Local,  Eng.] 
 
  6.  A  clasp  for  fastening  a  garment.  See  {Brooch}. 
 
  7.  A  spitlike  start  on  the  head  of  a  young  stag. 
 
  8.  The  stick  from  which  candle  wicks  are  suspended  for 
  dipping.  --Knight. 
 
  9.  The  pin  in  a  lock  which  enters  the  barrel  of  the  key. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  broach 
  n  :  a  decorative  pin  worn  by  women  [syn:  {brooch},  {breastpin}] 
  v  :  bring  up  a  topic  for  discussion  [syn:  {initiate}] 




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