1. A spit, and in some parts of the English dominions, an awl, and a bodkin.
2. A musical instrument played by turning a handle.
3. A clasp or small utensil to fasten a vest. [See Brooch.]
4. A start of the head of a young stag.
BROACH, verb transitive
1. To spit; to pierce as with a spit.
2. To tap; to pierce, as a cask, in order to draw the liquor; hence, to let out.
3. To open, as a store. [Unusual.]
4. To utter; to give out; to publish first; to make public what was before unknown; as, to broach an opinion.
To broach to, in navigation, to incline suddenly to windward, so as to lay the sails aback and expose the vessel to the danger of oversetting.