For most African countries, the past two decades have been boom time.
boom—less than 60 seconds in, and a match had exploded in the gas tank.
“boom,” my boyfriend whispered to me softly when he noticed me looking out the window.
“The era of boom and bust is over,” proclaimed British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The boom in transportation, be it highways or commercial aviation, allowed people to access far-off destinations with ease.
He said that the boom was open for hours each night, so that a small thing could get away.
Admiral Hobson, who broke the boom at Vigo in 1702, belonged to the same calling.
The old man took the wheel; we got the boom amidships, and he jammed her into the wind until she had hardly any way.
The boom should be made a trifle smaller in diameter than the mast.
Papa came home beaming with the delicious feeling that money was flowing in and that he was having a boom.
mid-15c., earliest use was for bees and wasps, probably echoic of humming. The meaning "make a loud noise" is 15c. Cf. bomb. Meaning "to burst into prosperity" (of places, businesses, etc.) is 1871, American English. Related: Boomed; booming. Boom box first attested 1978.
"long pole," 1540s, from Scottish boun, borrowed from Dutch boom "tree, pole, beam," from a Middle Dutch word analogous to Old English beam (see beam (n.)).
Wonderful; fashionable; outstanding; great (1990s+ Canadian students)
Marijuana (1950s+ Narcotics)