General English


  • To press a layer of roofing material against freshly applied bitumen in order to create a tight, thorough bond.
  • To flatten or spread the head of a timber pile by pounding forcefully on it.
  • To brush fresh plaster or concrete with a broom.

Origin & History of “broom”

Broom was originally the name of the yellow-flowered bush; its application to the long-handled brush did not come about until the 15th century (the underlying notion is of a brush made from broom twigs tied to a handle). The plant-name occurs throughout the Germanic languages, but it is applied to quite a wide range of plants: Old high German brāmma, for instance, is a ‘wild rose’; Old Saxon hiopbrāmio is a ‘hawthorn bush’; and English bramble probably comes from the same source.