BROOD, verb intransitive
1. To sit on and cover, as a fowl on her eggs for the purpose of warming them and hatching chickens, or as a hen over her chickens, to warm and protect them.
2. To sit on; to spread over, as with wings; as, to sit brooding over the vast abyss.
3. To remain a long time in anxiety or solicitous thought; to have the mind uninterruptedly dwell a long time on a subject; as, the miser broods over his gold.
4. To mature any thing with care.
BROOD, verb transitive To sit over, cover and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens.
1. To cherish.
You'll brood your sorrows on a throne.
BROOD, noun Offspring; progeny; formerly used of human beings in elegant works, and we have brother, from this word; but it is now more generally used in contempt.
1. A hatch; the young birds hatched at once; as a brood of chickens or of ducks.
2. That which is bred; species generated; that which is produced.
Lybia's broods of poison.
3. The act of covering the eggs, or of brooding. [Unusual.]