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Definitions of boom word
- countable noun boom If there is a boom in the economy, there is an increase in economic activity, for example in the amount of things that are being bought and sold. 3
- countable noun boom A boom in something is an increase in its amount, frequency, or success. 3
- verb boom If the economy or a business is booming, the amount of things being bought or sold is increasing. 3
- countable noun boom On a boat, the boom is the long pole which is attached to the bottom of the sail and to the mast and which you move when you want to alter the direction in which you are sailing. 3
- countable noun boom A boom is a large floating barrier that is used for stopping oil that has spilled from spreading. 3
- verb boom When something such as someone's voice, a cannon, or a big drum booms, it makes a loud, deep sound that lasts for several seconds. 3
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Origin of boom
First appearance:before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; 1910-15 for def 10; late Middle English bombon, bummyn to buzz; cognate with Dutch bommen, German bummen, orig. imitative
Parts of speech for Boom
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for boom
- roar — a loud, deep cry or howl, as of an animal or a person: the roar of a lion.
- reverberate — to reecho or resound: Her singing reverberated through the house.
- thunder — a loud, explosive, resounding noise produced by the explosive expansion of air heated by a lightning discharge.
- resound — to echo or ring with sound, as a place.
- sound — The, a strait between SW Sweden and Zealand, connecting the Kattegat and the Baltic. 87 miles (140 km) long; 3–30 miles (5–48 km) wide.
Antonyms for boom
- mend — to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.
- praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
- collapse — If a building or other structure collapses, it falls down very suddenly.
- falter — to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
- fix — to repair; mend.
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