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English Dictionary: bloom by the DICT Development Group
6 results for bloom
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
bloom
n
  1. the organic process of bearing flowers; "you will stop all bloom if you let the flowers go to seed"
    Synonym(s): blooming, bloom
  2. reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
    Synonym(s): flower, bloom, blossom
  3. the best time of youth
    Synonym(s): bloom, bloom of youth, salad days
  4. a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
    Synonym(s): bloom, blush, flush, rosiness
  5. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
    Synonym(s): flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush
  6. a powdery deposit on a surface
    Synonym(s): efflorescence, bloom
v
  1. produce or yield flowers; "The cherry tree bloomed" [syn: bloom, blossom, flower]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bloom \Bloom\, n. [OE. blome, fr. Icel. bl[?]m, bl[?]mi; akin to
      Sw. blom, Goth. bl[?]ma, OS. bl[?]mo, D. bloem, OHG. bluomo,
      bluoma, G. blume; fr. the same root as AS. bl[?]wan to blow,
      blossom. See {Blow} to bloom, and cf. {Blossom}.]
      1. A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud;
            flowers, collectively.
  
                     The rich blooms of the tropics.         --Prescott.
  
      2. The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming
            or of having the flowers open; as, the cherry trees are in
            bloom. [bd]Sight of vernal bloom.[b8] --Milton.
  
      3. A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor; an
            opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds
            into blossoms; as, the bloom of youth.
  
                     Every successive mother has transmitted a fainter
                     bloom, a more delicate and briefer beauty.
                                                                              --Hawthorne.
  
      4. The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or
            newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
            Hence: Anything giving an appearance of attractive
            freshness; a flush; a glow.
  
                     A new, fresh, brilliant world, with all the bloom
                     upon it.                                             --Thackeray.
  
      5. The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon
            the surface of a picture.
  
      6. A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on
            well-tanned leather. --Knight.
  
      7. (Min.) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some
            minerals; as, the rose-red cobalt bloom.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bloom \Bloom\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bloomed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Blooming}.]
      1. To produce or yield blossoms; to blossom; to flower or be
            in flower.
  
                     A flower which once In Paradise, fast by the tree of
                     life, Began to bloom.                        --Milton.
  
      2. To be in a state of healthful, growing youth and vigor; to
            show beauty and freshness, as of flowers; to give promise,
            as by or with flowers.
  
                     A better country blooms to view,
  
                     Beneath a brighter sky.                     --Logan.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bloom \Bloom\, v. t.
      1. To cause to blossom; to make flourish. [R.]
  
                     Charitable affection bloomed them.      --Hooker.
  
      2. To bestow a bloom upon; to make blooming or radiant. [R.]
            --Milton.
  
                     While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day.
                                                                              --Keats.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bloom \Bloom\, n. [AS. bl[?]ma a mass or lump, [c6]senes bl[?]ma
      a lump or wedge of iron.] (Metal.)
            (a) A mass of wrought iron from the Catalan forge or from
                  the puddling furnace, deprived of its dross, and
                  shaped usually in the form of an oblong block by
                  shingling.
            (b) A large bar of steel formed directly from an ingot by
                  hammering or rolling, being a preliminary shape for
                  further working.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Bloom, KS
      Zip code(s): 67865
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