the entire process of sitting on eggs in order to hatch them because of the heat associated with the human body mainly used of wild birds
- proficient at incubating eggs specifically of a fowl held for the purpose as a brooding hen
- worried and thinking lengthy and intensely especially about a specific problem
- profoundly or seriously thoughtful
- sitting on eggs to be able to hatch all of them because of the heat of this body
- persistent morbid meditation on an issue
- of Brood
1640s, "hovering, overhanging" (as a mother bird does the girl nest), from present participle of brood (v.); indicating "that dwells moodily" very first attested 1818 (in "Frankenstein").
- "action of incubating," c.1400, spoken noun from brood (v.). Figuratively (of climate, etc.) from 1805; of emotional fixations by 1873. Relevant: Broodingly.
The act of raising girls in a secure environment.
(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Brood
Alex said nothing, his brooding gaze mostly on Rob, studying him, maybe sizing him up.