in bloom; flowering; blossoming.
glowing, as with youthful vigor and freshness:
a blooming business.
Chiefly British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
He’s got his blooming nerve.
Chiefly British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
not blooming likely.
the flower of a plant.
the bloom of the cherry tree.
state of having the buds opened:
The gardens are all in bloom.
a flourishing, healthy condition; the time or period of greatest beauty, artistry, etc.:
the bloom of youth; the bloom of Romanticism.
a glow or flush on the cheek indicative of youth and health:
a serious illness that destroyed her bloom.
the glossy, healthy appearance of the coat of an animal.
a moist, lustrous appearance indicating freshness in fish.
redness or a fresh appearance on the surface of meat.
Botany. a whitish powdery deposit or coating, as on the surface of certain fruits and leaves:
the bloom of the grape.
any similar surface coating or appearance:
the bloom of newly minted coins.
any of certain minerals occurring as powdery coatings on rocks or other minerals.
Also called chill. a clouded or dull area on a varnished or lacquered surface.
Also called algal bloom, water bloom. the sudden development of conspicuous masses of organisms, as algae, on the surface of a body of water.
Television. image spread produced by excessive exposure of highlights in a television image.
to produce or yield blossoms.
to flourish or thrive:
a recurrent fad that blooms from time to time.
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.
to glow with warmth or with a warm color.
to cause to yield blossoms.
to make bloom or cause to flourish:
a happiness that blooms the cheek.
to invest with luster or beauty:
an industry that blooms one’s talents.
to cause a cloudy area on (something shiny); dampen; chill:
Their breath bloomed the frosty pane.
Optics. to coat (a lens) with an antireflection material.
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.
the bloom is off (the rose), the excitement, enjoyment, interest, etc., has ended or been dampened.
a piece of steel, square or slightly oblong in section, reduced from an ingot to dimensions suitable for further rolling.
a large lump of iron and slag, of pasty consistency when hot, produced in a puddling furnace or bloomery and hammered into wrought iron.
to make (an ingot) into a bloom.
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(Brit, informal) (intensifier): a blooming genius, blooming painful
a blossom on a flowering plant; a flower
the state, time, or period when flowers open (esp in the phrases in bloom, in full bloom)
open flowers collectively: a tree covered with bloom
a healthy, vigorous, or flourishing condition; prime (esp in the phrase the bloom of youth)
youthful or healthy rosiness in the cheeks or face; glow
a fine whitish coating on the surface of fruits, leaves, etc, consisting of minute grains of a waxy substance
any coating similar in appearance, such as that on new coins
(ecology) a visible increase in the algal constituent of plankton, which may be seasonal or due to excessive organic pollution
Also called chill. a dull area formed on the surface of gloss paint, lacquer, or varnish
verb (mainly intransitive)
(of flowers) to open; come into flower
to bear flowers; blossom
to flourish or grow
to be in a healthy, glowing, or flourishing condition
(transitive) (physics) to coat (a lens) with a thin layer of a substance, often magnesium fluoride, to eliminate surface reflection
a rectangular mass of metal obtained by rolling or forging a cast ingot See also billet1 (sense 2)
(transitive) to convert (an ingot) into a bloom by rolling or forging
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