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Etymology 1

via Middle English from Old Norse blóm

Noun

Singular
bloom

Plural
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bloom ({{{1}}})
  1. A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
  2. Flowers, collectively.
  3. (uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
    The cherry trees are in bloom.
  4. A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms.
    the bloom of youth
  5. The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
  6. Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
  7. The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
  8. A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather. (Knight.)
  9. (mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
    the rose-red cobalt bloom
  10. A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
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blossom See blossom

flowers, collectively See flower

Etymology 2

From Middle English bloom (a blossom)

Verb

Infinitive
to bloom

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bloom (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To cause to blossom; to make flourish.
  2. (transitive) To bestow a bloom upon; to make blooming or radiant.
  3. (intransitive) Of a plant, to produce blooms; to open its blooms.
  4. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of a person, business, etc, to flourish.
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Etymology 3

From Old English blōma

Noun

Singular
bloom

Plural
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bloom ({{{1}}})
  1. The spongy mass of metal formed in a furnace by the smelting process.
    Quotations
    • 1957, These metallic bodies gradually increasing in volume finally conglomerate into a larger mass, the bloom, which is extracted from the furnace with tongs. — H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 26.
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