Brooding



preoccupied with depressing, morbid, or painful memories or thoughts:
a brooding frame of mind.
cast in subdued light so as to convey a somewhat threatening atmosphere:
Dusk fell on the brooding hills.
a number of young produced or hatched at one time; a family of offspring or young.
a breed, species, group, or kind:
The museum exhibited a brood of monumental sculptures.
to sit upon (eggs) to hatch, as a bird; incubate.
(of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) with the wings or body.
to think or worry persistently or moodily about; ponder:
He brooded the problem.
to sit upon eggs to be hatched, as a bird.
to dwell on a subject or to meditate with morbid persistence (usually followed by over or on).
kept for breeding:
a brood hen.
brood above/over, to cover, loom, or seem to fill the atmosphere or scene:
The haunted house on the hill brooded above the village.
Contemporary Examples

Remember Bain Capital? You Will by November Michael Tomasky May 6, 2012
Tom Hardy’s Inner Warrior Marlow Stern September 16, 2011
‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’ Jimmy So March 13, 2014
Delaware’s Affluenza Case Affects Justice, Too Jay Michaelson March 31, 2014
Taylor Kitsch on ‘The Normal Heart,’ Homophobic Right-Wingers, and Gays in the Military Marlow Stern May 22, 2014

Historical Examples

The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
The Forest Stewart Edward White
The Diary of a Saint Arlo Bates
Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
The Arena Various

noun
a number of young animals, esp birds, produced at one hatching
all the offspring in one family: often used jokingly or contemptuously
a group of a particular kind; breed
(as modifier) kept for breeding: a brood mare
verb
(of a bird)

to sit on or hatch (eggs)
(transitive) to cover (young birds) protectively with the wings

when intr, often foll by on, over or upon. to ponder morbidly or persistently
adj.
n.
n.
v.

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