Broach



Machinery. an elongated, tapered, serrated cutting tool for shaping and enlarging holes.
a spit for roasting meat.
a gimlet for tapping casks.
(in a lock) a pin receiving the barrel of a key.
Also, broach spire. Architecture. an octagonal spire rising directly from a tower without any intervening feature.
Masonry. a pointed tool for the rough dressing of stone.
brooch.
to enlarge and finish with a broach.
to mention or suggest for the first time:
to broach a subject.
to draw (beer, liquor, etc.), as by tapping:
to broach beer from a keg.
to tap or pierce.
Masonry. to shape or dress (a block of stone).
Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to veer to windward.
to break the surface of water; rise from the sea, as a fish or a submarine.
Contemporary Examples

Jill Lepore on When Life Begins and Ends in ‘The Mansions of Happiness’ Malcolm Jones June 20, 2012
How Obama Can Win the Budget Fight Ed Kilgore March 25, 2011
What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’ Aurora Snow September 19, 2014
In Greg Mortenson’s Silence, His Neighbors Defend Him, or Vilify Him Mike Giglio June 6, 2011
Fired New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Blitzes the Media Lloyd Grove July 17, 2014

Historical Examples

The Cruise of the ‘Alerte’ E. F. Knight
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
Ralph on the Overland Express Allen Chapman
Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille Emile Zola
Grisly Grisell Charlotte M. Yonge

verb
(transitive) to initiate (a topic) for discussion: to broach a dangerous subject
(transitive) to tap or pierce (a container) to draw off (a liquid): to broach a cask, to broach wine
(transitive) to open in order to begin to use: to broach a shipment
(intransitive) to break the surface of the water: the trout broached after being hooked
(transitive) (machinery) to enlarge and finish (a hole) by reaming
noun
a long tapered toothed cutting tool for enlarging holes
a spit for roasting meat, etc
a roof covering the corner triangle on the top of a square tower having an octagonal spire
a pin, forming part of some types of lock, that registers in the hollow bore of a key
a tool used for tapping casks
a less common spelling of brooch
verb
(nautical) (usually foll by to) to cause (a sailing vessel) to swerve sharply and dangerously or (of a sailing vessel) to swerve sharply and dangerously in a following sea, so as to be broadside to the waves
n.
v.

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