- 1A loud, deep, resonant sound: the deep boom of the bass drumMore example sentences
- There was a deep boom, then the sound of rending metal and breaking glass, and still it didn't stop.
- I heard someone yell as a loud boom sounded behind them.
- As they drew closer to Sara's there was a loud boom and a cracking sound.
- 1.1The characteristic resonant call of the bittern.More example sentences
- And Doncaster will hopefully soon be ringing with the boom of bitterns crying out for mates.
- He reported that bitterns were beginning to practise their boom on the reserve again but would not find their full voice until April or May.
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- 1Make a loud, deep, resonant sound: thunder boomed in the sky her voice boomed outMore example sentences
- A loud sound boomed out like that of a giant bell, when one is inside it.
- A chime from somewhere deep inside the Sanctuary boomed out seven deep notes: fifteen minutes to the next class.
- Suddenly, I heard the sound of thunder booming all about outside.
- 1.1 [with direct speech] Say in a loud, deep, resonant voice: the imperative “Silence!” boomed out by Ray himselfMore example sentences
- ‘Kaseios,’ his loud voice boomed across the hall, just like it used to, and Euthenas was no longer terrified, but comforted.
- ‘She was a wonderful, beautiful ambitious woman and she will be missed,’ his deep voice boomed between sobs.
- ‘You killed my best friend,’ the shadow boomed in a deep voice.
- 1.2(Of a bittern) utter its characteristic resonant call.More example sentences
- The date of the first booming bitterns varies each year, although there has been a trend towards them starting to boom earlier in recent years.
- There is a sexual bias in that only male Great Bitterns boom; we have no data on the survival of adult females.
- Leighton Moss, a premier RSPB reserve where you can hear bitterns boom, is a lovely walk away over the crag.
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- The poor, boomy bass was not caused by the room itself.
- I'm convinced that I'm forever cursed with boomy bass.
- Has anyone here had success tweaking the drums, room, or recording equipment to achieve that big boomy drum sound?
late Middle English (as a verb): ultimately imitative; perhaps from Dutch bommen 'to hum, buzz'.
- A period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth: a boom in precious metal mining [as modifier]: a boom economyMore example sentences
- Thailand is relying on rising exports and a consumer-spending boom to double economic growth this year.
- The growth figures suggest Ireland may recapture some of the form of the boom years when economic growth peaked at 11.5 per cent.
- This added 1.5 per cent to economic growth in the boom years of the 1990s.
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- Enjoy a period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth: business is booming the popularity of soy-based foods has boomed in the last two decadesMore example sentences
- The U.S. labor market was booming until an economic downturn began in 2001.
- However, as economic times continue to boom, private label growth has occurred in the lower-income consumer demographic.
- Equally, rates could rise to high single digits if world peace was in jeopardy or economic growth boomed.
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- There are no savings left to fund new projects that would be undertaken after this little boomlet.
- But if the projections of jobs and a subsequent biotech boomlet pan out, those investors are going to reap the benefits.
- After the debacle of the telecom crash, it might be hard for greed to spark another boom or even boomlet.
late 19th century (originally US): probably from boom1.
- 1.1A spar pivoting on the after side of the mast and to which the foot of a vessel’s sail is attached, allowing the angle of the sail to be changed.More example sentences
- She has a square sail on two booms, which I shall see is fully repaired, and there is little else to do to make her ready.
- The wind caught the sails with a dull boom and the ship heeled about, tacking into the westerly breeze sweeping across the lake.
- So a sheet is a rope, a tack is a turn into the wind and the boom is the spar along the bottom of the sail.
- 1.2 [often as modifier] A movable arm over a television or movie set, carrying a microphone or camera: a boom mikeMore example sentences
- Already the media was on the scene, in the building, hanging boom microphones and video cameras out the windows on either side of the woman.
- No studio, no financing, no known actors just a cameraman, boom man, front man, and some extras.
- Lucy pointed, too, and made some gurgles, and even patted the boom mike while the cameras rolled.
- 1.3A long beam extending upward at an angle from the mast of a derrick, for guiding or supporting objects being moved or suspended.More example sentences
- A 60-meter long boom was extended from the side of the Shuttle and two types of radar frequencies were beamed down from each end of it.
- A boom hinged to the bottom of a mast to create a simple crane for loading and unloading cargo.
- It was supported on a long boom so that the top of it did not run through the radio dish.
- 1.4A floating beam used to contain oil spills or to form a barrier across the mouth of a harbor or river.More example sentences
- Our bays and inlets could be protected by floating booms and where they exist, by closing sluice gates,’ she said.
- Officers from the Environment Agency stretched a number of booms across the river to contain the diesel and prevent it from travelling further downstream.
- The operator is also required to provide a boom across the river to stop boats approaching the weir.
- 1.5A retractable tube for inflight transfer of fuel from a tanker airplane to another airplane.More example sentences
- Nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the tanker's flying boom, the KC-135's primary fuel transfer method.
- The primary air fuel transfer method is through the tanker's flying boom, controlled by an operator stationed at the rear of the fuselage.
- Workers not experienced in working with today's long-reach boom pumps may not think about it beforehand.
mid 16th century (in the general sense 'beam, pole'): from Dutch, 'beam, tree, pole'; related to beam.