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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Boom
  1. [Naut] A long pole or spar, run out for the purpose of extending the bottom of a particular sail; as, the jib boom, the studding-sail boom, etc.
  2. [Mech] A long spar or beam, projecting from the mast of a derrick, from the outer end of which the body to be lifted is suspended.
  3. A pole with a conspicuous top, set up to mark the channel in a river or harbor.(Obs)
  4. [Mil. & Naval] A strong chain cable, or line of spars bound together, extended across a river or the mouth of a harbor, to obstruct navigation or passage.
  5. [Lumbering] A line of connected floating timbers stretched across a river, or inclosing an area of water, to keep saw logs, etc., from floating away.

Etymology: D. boom tree, pole, beam, bar. See Beam

verb Boom
To extend, or push, with a boom or pole; as, to boom out a sail; to boom off a boat.
verb Boom
  1. To cry with a hollow note; to make a hollow sound, as the bittern, and some insects."At eve the beetle boometh Athwart the thicket lone." [Tennyson.]
  2. To make a hollow sound, as of waves or cannon."Alarm guns booming through the night air." [W. Irving.]
  3. To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press of sail, before a free wind."She comes booming down before it." [Totten.]
  4. To have a rapid growth in market value or in popular favor; to go on rushingly.

Etymology: Of imitative origin; cf. OE. bommen to hum, D. bommen to drum, sound as an empty barrel, also W. bwmp a hollow sound; aderyn y bwmp, the bird of the hollow sound, i. e., the bittern. Cf. Bum Bump (v. i.) Bomb (v. i.)

noun Boom
  1. A hollow roar, as of waves or cannon; also, the hollow cry of the bittern; a booming.
  2. A strong and extensive advance, with more or less noisy excitement; -- applied colloquially or humorously to market prices, the demand for stocks or commodities and to political chances of aspirants to office; as, a boom in the stock market; a boom in coffee.(Colloq. U. S)
verb Boom
To cause to advance rapidly in price; as, to boom railroad or mining shares; to create a “boom” for; as to boom Mr. C. for senator.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various more-or-less horizontal spars or poles used to extend the foot of a sail or for handling cargo or in mooring
  2. A pole carrying an overhead microphone projected over a film or tv set
  3. A deep prolonged loud noise
  4. A sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money) ("the demand for testing has created a boom for those unregulated laboratories where boxes of specimen jars are processed like an assembly line")
  5. A state of economic prosperity
  6. Grow vigorously ("business is booming")
  7. Hit hard
  8. Make a deep hollow sound ("Her voice booms out the words of the song")
  9. Make a resonant sound, like artillery ("His deep voice boomed through the hall")
  10. Be the case that thunder is being heard

Onomatopoeic, perhaps borrowed; compare German bummen, Dutch bommen (“to hum, buzz”).

  1. A low-pitched, resonant sound, such as of an explosion.
    The of the surf.
  2. One of the calls of certain monkeys or birds.

Borrowing from Dutch boom (“tree; pole”). Cognate with English English beam.

  1. (nautical) A spar extending the foot of a sail; a spar rigged outboard from a ship's side to which boats are secured in harbour.
  2. A movable pole used to support a microphone or camera.
  3. A horizontal member of a crane or derrick, used for lifting.
  4. (electronics) The longest element of a Yagi antenna, on which the other, smaller ones are transversally mounted.
  5. A floating barrier used to obstruct navigation, for military or other purposes; or used for the containment of an oil spill.
  6. A wishbone-shaped piece of windsurfing equipment.
  7. The section of the arm on a backhoe closest to the tractor.

Perhaps a figurative development of Etymology 1, above.

  1. (economics, business) A period of prosperity, growth, progress, or high market activity.

    boom was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Boom

    Corrie ten Boom was a writer and clocksmith. Corrie was given the name Cornelia ten Boom on April 15th, 1892 in Amsterdam. She died on April 15th, 1983.


    Claire Van der Boom is an actor and actress. Claire was born in 1983 in Broome, Western Australia.


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    Paddy Boom is a glam rock, alternative rock, and pop music musician and songwriter. He plays Drum kit and Electronic drum. He has been prominent since 1992. Paddy was given the name Patrick Seacor on September 6th, 1968 in Singapore.


    Irma Boom is a in the field of graphic design. Irma was born on December 15th, 1960 in Lochem.


    Betsie ten Boom was a bookkeeper and homemaker. Betsie was given the name Elisabeth ten Boom by her parent Casper ten Boom on August 19th, 1885 in Amsterdam. Betsie is also known as Known by family as Bep and Beppie. She left this life on December 16th, 1944.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Boom U.S.
      White 87.74% 64.26%
      African American 4.95% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.30% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.56% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Boom

    • How Popular is the name Boom? As a last name Boom was the 30,442nd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Boom first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Boom is Saturday, July 16th, 1898.
    • How unique is the name Boom? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Boom. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Boom: Your name in reverse order is Moob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Obmo. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Boom? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 767 people with the last name Boom.
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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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