Pronunciation: (brOOd), [key]
1. a number of young produced or hatched at one time; a family of offspring or young.
2. a breed, species, group, or kind: The museum exhibited a brood of monumental sculptures.
1. to sit upon (eggs) to hatch, as a bird; incubate.
2. (of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) with the wings or body.
3. to think or worry persistently or moodily about; ponder: He brooded the problem.
1. to sit upon eggs to be hatched, as a bird.
2. to dwell on a subject or to meditate with morbid persistence (usually fol. by over or on).
3. brood above or over, to cover, loom, or seem to fill the atmosphere or scene: The haunted house on the hill brooded above the village.
kept for breeding: a brood hen.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.