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Bloom

[bloom] /blum/
noun
1.
Harold, born 1930, U.S. literary critic and teacher.
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British Dictionary definitions for harold bloom

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 harold bloom
bloom
c.1200, a northern word, from O.N. blomi "flower, blossom," also collectively "flowers and foliage on trees;" from P.Gmc. *blomon (cf. O.S. blomo, Du. bloem, Ger. Blume, Goth. bloma), from PIE *bhle- (cf. O.Ir. blath "blossom, flower," L. flos "flower," florere "to blossom, flourish"), extended form of *bhel- "to thrive, bloom, sprout" (see bole). O.E. had cognate bloma, but only in the figurative sense of "state of greatest beauty;" the main word in O.E. for "flower" was blostm (see blossom). Related to O.E. blowan "to flower" (see blow (v.2)).
bloom
"rough mass of wrought iron," from O.E. bloma, of unknown origin.
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Slang definitions & phrases for harold bloom

bloom

noun

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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