- 1A flower, especially one cultivated for its beauty: an exotic bloom the hydrangea has a wealth of bloomMore example sentences
- Now that it has begun flowering, the blooms are dropping as soon as they open.
- Though summer may boast more blooms, the flower bulbs of spring hold a special place in our affections.
- ‘Much of the drama and beauty of exotic blooms is in their unusual, long stems,’ she notes.
- 1.1The state or period of flowering: the apple trees were in bloomMore example sentences
- The couple will also have the opportunity to meet with Chinese leaders who played a role in restoring bilateral ties and view flowering cherry trees in bloom in Beijing.
- There were some flowering plants in bloom to be had but most of them were sad things, showing signs of weather damage.
- Trees were not in bloom in early to mid-February and were in full bloom by early to mid-March.
- 1.2The state or period of greatest beauty, freshness, or vigor: a young girl, still in the bloom of youthMore example sentences
- Egg uses the same viewpoint to depict two girls in the bloom of youth, sitting in a railway carriage before a coastal landscape.
- Some ran the course and others who are no longer in the bloom of youth cycled the miles just to prove a point.
- Travis openly wonders why, of all her sisters, she survived the seeming tragedy of being shut out of show business while still in the bloom of youth.
- 2 [in singular] A youthful or healthy glow in a person’s complexion: her face had lost its usual bloomMore example sentences
- Nothing could be more delicate than the blond complexion - its bloom set off by the powdered hair.
- She prided herself in a more particular manner on the lovely bloom and charming delicacy of her complexion, which had procured her the envy of one sex, and the admiration of the other.
- The old face, calm and pleasant as ever; the complexion, quite juvenile in its bloom and clearness.
- 3A delicate powdery surface deposit on certain fresh fruits, leaves, or stems.More example sentences
- This waxy layer forms the grape's typically whitish surface, called the bloom.
- Similarly, recent research by colleagues at Cornell has shown that berries are highly susceptible from bloom until shortly after fruit set, but become much more resistant afterwards.
- Paraffin wax is purposely added to a mixture to create a surface bloom which acts as a barrier to sun-checking and oxidation.
- 3.1 (also algal bloom) A rapid growth of microscopic algae or cyanobacteria in water, often resulting in a colored scum on the surface.More example sentences
- The nutrients trigger blooms of microscopic algae known as phytoplankton.
- Plankton blooms usually follow coastal upwellings because of the abundant nutrients that come with it.
- Future cruises through eddies in the region may determine the factors that stimulate the plankton blooms.
- 3.2A grayish-white appearance on chocolate caused by cocoa butter rising to the surface.More example sentences
- Hartel's research team has come up with a theory to explain how visual fat bloom develops in well-tempered chocolates.
- Chocolate bloom is the tell-tale sign that chocolate has not been stored correctly.
- A new multi-mineral ingredient can improve fat bloom resistance in chocolate, while boosting the mineral content of the products, according to the manufacturer.
- 4A full bright sound, especially in a musical recording: the remastering has lost some of the bloom of the stringsMore example sentences
- The brightest bloom in the bouquet of sound bites was ‘failure does not equate to a crime.’
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- 1Produce flowers; be in flower: a rose tree bloomed on a ruined wallMore example sentences
- Clematis viticella ‘Etoile Violette’ is still blooming, the first flowers opened in July.
- Nong Nooch Gardens recently announced that the flower was blooming only after 5 five years and opened the gardens for a special viewing by residents.
- You can't force a flower to bloom by ripping the petals open.
- 1.1Come into or be in full beauty or health; flourish: she bloomed as an actress under his tutelageMore example sentences
- That range of rewarding possibilities can be further assisted in blooming to its full glory if comparisons with other transport modes can be made too.
- Calandra was 14 and blooming with beauty that my mother alone was known to possess.
- As my health bloomed, I also saw many positive changes in my family's health as they gradually embraced this way of eating.
- 1.2(Of fire, color, or light) become radiant and glowing: color bloomed in her cheeksMore example sentences
- Colour bloomed in Nicole's cheeks and her brow creased slightly in worry.
- Colour bloomed in Kitten's cheeks and hands, a healthy pink that suddenly made her look like a normal child.
- A glow of brilliant white light bloomed from the tips of his fingers.
the bloom is off the rose
- North American Something is no longer new, fresh, or exciting.More example sentences
- On page 36, for example, he may flatly assert that ‘a dismal new era of higher education has dawned’; but just twenty-four pages later, we learn that ‘the tide had turned’ and the ‘the bloom is off the rose.’
- Today, the bloom is off the rose of the ‘New Economy.’
- Ultimately, now that the bloom is off the rose, his reddish-greenish affinities may not be as far from a robust version of the social-democratic perspective as he would comfortably acknowledge.
Middle English: from Old Norse blóm 'flower, blossom', blómi 'prosperity', blómar 'flowers'.
- 1A mass of iron, steel, or other metal hammered or rolled into a thick bar for further working.More example sentences
- Once the iron had cooled and set, a file was drawn over the surface to gauge the hardness of the iron bloom to see if it had any steel in it - the file being of a known quality itself.
- The pillar is believed to have been made by forging together a series of disc-shaped iron blooms.
- The bloom contained iron slag and particles of charcoal entrapped in the metal.
- 1.1 • historical An unworked mass of puddled iron.More example sentences
- To recreate the ancient way of making wrought iron, two Swedish blacksmiths have smelted a bloom of iron and begin to shape it into a bar.
- The bloom, still at bright red heat, was then passed through rolling mills, becoming more elongated and thinner in section after each pass, and finished as puddled iron bar.
- The bloom was repeatedly re-heated and hammered to remove most of the molten slag.
verb[with object] (usually as noun blooming) Back to top
- Make (iron, steel, etc.) into a bloom.More example sentences
- A steel slab comprising the above constituents is produced by preparing the steel in a converter followed by either continuous casting or ingot making/blooming.
- In a blooming mill, a continuous-cast bloom is rolled into billets, reheated, and thereafter rolled and formed into various products in a steel bar mill or wire rod mill.
- The howl of blooming steel washed over us.
Old English blōma, of unknown origin.