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blooming

[bloo-ming] /ˈblu mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
in bloom; flowering; blossoming.
2.
glowing, as with youthful vigor and freshness:
blooming cheeks.
3.
flourishing; prospering:
a blooming business.
4.
Chiefly British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
He's got his blooming nerve.
adverb
5.
Chiefly British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
not blooming likely.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see bloom1, -ing2; as intensifier, a euphemism for bloody, by phonetic similarity
Related forms
bloomingly, adverb
bloomingness, noun
nonblooming, adjective, noun
preblooming, adjective

bloom1

[bloom] /blum/
noun
1.
the flower of a plant.
2.
flowers collectively:
the bloom of the cherry tree.
3.
state of having the buds opened:
The gardens are all in bloom.
4.
a flourishing, healthy condition; the time or period of greatest beauty, artistry, etc.:
the bloom of youth; the bloom of Romanticism.
5.
a glow or flush on the cheek indicative of youth and health:
a serious illness that destroyed her bloom.
6.
the glossy, healthy appearance of the coat of an animal.
7.
a moist, lustrous appearance indicating freshness in fish.
8.
redness or a fresh appearance on the surface of meat.
9.
Botany. a whitish powdery deposit or coating, as on the surface of certain fruits and leaves:
the bloom of the grape.
10.
any similar surface coating or appearance:
the bloom of newly minted coins.
11.
any of certain minerals occurring as powdery coatings on rocks or other minerals.
12.
Also called chill. a clouded or dull area on a varnished or lacquered surface.
13.
Also called algal bloom, water bloom. the sudden development of conspicuous masses of organisms, as algae, on the surface of a body of water.
14.
Television. image spread produced by excessive exposure of highlights in a television image.
verb (used without object)
15.
to produce or yield blossoms.
16.
to flourish or thrive:
a recurrent fad that blooms from time to time.
17.
to be in or achieve a state of healthful beauty and vigor:
a sickly child who suddenly bloomed; a small talent that somehow bloomed into major artistry.
18.
to glow with warmth or with a warm color.
verb (used with object)
19.
to cause to yield blossoms.
20.
to make bloom or cause to flourish:
a happiness that blooms the cheek.
21.
to invest with luster or beauty:
an industry that blooms one's talents.
22.
to cause a cloudy area on (something shiny); dampen; chill:
Their breath bloomed the frosty pane.
23.
Optics. to coat (a lens) with an antireflection material.
Idioms
24.
take the bloom off, to remove the enjoyment or ultimate satisfaction from; dampen the enthusiasm over:
The coach's illness took the bloom off the team's victory.
25.
the bloom is off (the rose), the excitement, enjoyment, interest, etc., has ended or been dampened.
Origin
1150-1200; (noun) Middle English blom, blome < Old Norse blōm, blōmi; cognate with Gothic blōma lily, German Blume flower; akin to blow3; (v.) Middle English blomen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
bloomless, adjective
Synonyms
1. blossom. 3. efflorescence. 4. freshness, glow, flush; vigor, prime. 25, 15. effloresce.

bloom2

[bloom] /blum/
noun
1.
a piece of steel, square or slightly oblong in section, reduced from an ingot to dimensions suitable for further rolling.
2.
a large lump of iron and slag, of pasty consistency when hot, produced in a puddling furnace or bloomery and hammered into wrought iron.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make (an ingot) into a bloom.
Origin
before 1000; representing Anglo-Latin, Anglo-French blomes (plural), Old English blōma mass of iron; perhaps akin to bloom1
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Examples from the web for blooming
  • The mint needs to be pruned to keep it from blooming or outgrowing its space.
  • Of late there has been much less found usually blooming in early to middle spring.
  • Trees are blooming, birds are chirping, people are squinting.
  • Flowers are blooming, and things are beginning to come back, but it will never be the same again.
  • blooming and opening meant the same thing in relation to flowers.
  • For those countries not yet blooming with new ventures, get ready.
  • And pointing to a couple of flowers blooming in a toxic landscape doesn't cut it.
  • The frozen plants, blooming again after millennia in the freezer, seeded a new generation.
  • Perhaps we're caught up in some crazy blooming belly button dream.
  • In this case, it's responsible for shifting the flowers' blooming schedule.
British Dictionary definitions for blooming

blooming

/ˈbluːmɪŋ/
adverb, adjective
1.
(Brit, informal) (intensifier): a blooming genius, blooming painful
Word Origin
C19: euphemistic for bloody

bloom1

/bluːm/
noun
1.
a blossom on a flowering plant; a flower
2.
the state, time, or period when flowers open (esp in the phrases in bloom, in full bloom)
3.
open flowers collectively: a tree covered with bloom
4.
a healthy, vigorous, or flourishing condition; prime (esp in the phrase the bloom of youth)
5.
youthful or healthy rosiness in the cheeks or face; glow
6.
a fine whitish coating on the surface of fruits, leaves, etc, consisting of minute grains of a waxy substance
7.
any coating similar in appearance, such as that on new coins
8.
(ecology) a visible increase in the algal constituent of plankton, which may be seasonal or due to excessive organic pollution
9.
Also called chill. a dull area formed on the surface of gloss paint, lacquer, or varnish
verb (mainly intransitive)
10.
(of flowers) to open; come into flower
11.
to bear flowers; blossom
12.
to flourish or grow
13.
to be in a healthy, glowing, or flourishing condition
14.
(transitive) (physics) to coat (a lens) with a thin layer of a substance, often magnesium fluoride, to eliminate surface reflection
Word Origin
C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse blōm flower, Old High German bluomo, Middle Dutch bloeme; see blow³

bloom2

/bluːm/
noun
1.
a rectangular mass of metal obtained by rolling or forging a cast ingot See also billet1 (sense 2)
verb
2.
(transitive) to convert (an ingot) into a bloom by rolling or forging
Word Origin
Old English blōma lump of metal
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Word Origin and History for blooming
adj.

late 14c., present participle adjective from bloom (v.). Meaning "full-blown" (often a euphemism for bloody) is attested from 1882.

bloom

n.

"blossom of a plant," c.1200, a northern word, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse blomi "flower, blossom," also collectively "flowers and foliage on trees;" from Proto-Germanic *blomon (cf. Old Saxon blomo, Middle Dutch bloeme, Dutch bloem, Old High German bluomo, German Blume, Gothic bloma), from PIE *bhle- (cf. Old Irish blath "blossom, flower," Latin flos "flower," florere "to blossom, flourish"), extended form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). Related to Old English blowan "to flower" (see blow (v.2)).

Transferred sense, of persons, is from c.1300; meaning "state of greatest loveliness" is from early 14c.; that of "blush on the cheeks" is from 1752. Old English had cognate bloma, but only in the figurative sense of "state of greatest beauty;" the main word in Old English for "flower" was blostm (see blossom).

"rough mass of wrought iron," from Old English bloma "lump of metal; mass," of unknown origin. Identical in form to bloom (n.1), and sometimes regarded as a secondary sense of it, but evidence of a connection is wanting.

v.

mid-13c., blomen, from the noun (see bloom (n.1)). Related: Bloomed; blooming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for blooming

blooming

adj,adv

darn •Chiefly British use

[1880s+; fr the notion of full-blown or -bloomed]


bloom

noun

A glare from some white object in a television image; Womp (Television studio)


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