Definitions for: Bloom

[n] a powdery deposit on a surface
[n] reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
[n] the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
[n] the organic process of bearing flowers; "you will stop all bloom if you let the flowers go to seed"
[n] a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
[n] the best time of youth
[v] produce or yield flowers; "The cherry tree bloomed"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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. ``Sight of vernal bloom.'' --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.

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.

Bloom, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bloomed; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

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.]

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day.

Bloom, n. [AS. bl?ma a mass or lump, [=i]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
(b) A large bar of steel formed directly from an ingot by
hammering or rolling, being a preliminary shape for
further working.

Synonyms: bloom of youth, blooming, blossom, blossom, blossom, blush, efflorescence, efflorescence, flower, flower, flower, flush, flush, heyday, peak, prime, rosiness, salad days

See Also: angiosperm, apetalous flower, biological process, bud, burst forth, carpel, chrysanthemum, crystallisation, crystallization, crystallizing, develop, effloresce, floral envelope, floral leaf, floret, flowering plant, good health, gynoecium, healthiness, inflorescence, organic process, ovary, perianth, period, period of time, pistil, ray floret, ray flower, reproductive structure, stamen, time of life, time period, youth

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