Harold, born 1930, U.S. literary critic and teacher.
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
“blossom of a plant,” c.1200, a northern word, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse blomi “flower, blossom,” also collectively “flowers and foliage on trees;” from Proto-Germanic *blomon (cf. Old Saxon blomo, Middle Dutch bloeme, Dutch bloem, Old High German bluomo, German Blume, Gothic bloma), from PIE *bhle- (cf. Old Irish blath “blossom, flower,” Latin flos “flower,” florere “to blossom, flourish”), extended form of *bhel- (2) “to blow, inflate, swell” (see bole). Related to Old English blowan “to flower” (see blow (v.2)).
Transferred sense, of persons, is from c.1300; meaning “state of greatest loveliness” is from early 14c.; that of “blush on the cheeks” is from 1752. Old English had cognate bloma, but only in the figurative sense of “state of greatest beauty;” the main word in Old English for “flower” was blostm (see blossom).
“rough mass of wrought iron,” from Old English bloma “lump of metal; mass,” of unknown origin. Identical in form to bloom (n.1), and sometimes regarded as a secondary sense of it, but evidence of a connection is wanting.
mid-13c., blomen, from the noun (see bloom (n.1)). Related: Bloomed; blooming.
A glare from some white object in a television image; Womp (Television studio)
- Harold holt
[hohlt] /hoʊlt/ noun 1. Harold Edward, 1908–67, Australian political leader: prime minister 1966–67. 2. a town in central Michigan. /həʊlt/ noun 1. (archaic or poetic) a wood or wooded hill /həʊlt/ noun 1. the burrowed lair of an animal, esp an otter /həʊlt/ noun 1. Harold Edward. 1908–67, Australian statesman; prime minister (1966–67); believed drowned […]
- Harold I
noun 1. (“Harefoot”) died 1040, king of England 1035–40 (son of Canute). /ˈhærəld/ noun 1. surname Harefoot. died 1040, king of England (1037–40); son of Canute
- Harold II
noun 1. 1022?–66, king of England 1066: defeated by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings (son of Earl Godwin). noun 1. ?1022–66, king of England (1066); son of Earl Godwin and successor of Edward the Confessor. His claim to the throne was disputed by William the Conqueror, who defeated him at the Battle […]
- Harold III
noun 1. (Harold Hardrada) 1015–66, king of Norway 1045–66.