Besom

   The rendering of a Hebrew word meaning sweeper, occurs only in Isa. 14:23, of the sweeping away, the utter ruin, of Babylon.

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

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  • Besom — Be som, n. [OE. besme, besum, AS. besma; akin to D. bezem, OHG pesamo, G. besen; of uncertain origin.] A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys. [Archaic or Fig.] [1913 Webster] I will sweep it with the besom …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Besom — Be som, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besomed}.] To sweep, as with a besom. [Archaic or Poetic] Cowper. [1913 Webster] Rolls back all Greece, and besoms wide the plain. Barlow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • besom — (n.) O.E. besma bundle of twigs (used as a broom or a flail), from W.Gmc. *besmon (Cf. O.Fris. besma, O.S. besmo, O.H.G. besmo, Ger. Besen, Du. bezem), of unknown origin. Perhaps something bound or twisted, from PIE *bheidh …   Etymology dictionary

  • Besom — BESOM, or LING (Calluna Vulgaris) This plant grows in the moorland districts of the North of England. From the stiff stems and branches are made the stable and yard brushes. Also known as Yearth in the Lancashire towns …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • besom — ► NOUN 1) a broom made of twigs tied round a stick. 2) derogatory, chiefly Scottish & N. English a woman or girl. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • besom — [bē′zəm] n. [ME besme < OE besma, broom, rod < WGmc * besman > Ger besen] a broom, esp. one made of twigs tied to a handle …   English World dictionary

  • besom — I Scottish Vernacular Dictionary Originally a broomstick, now means a cheeky hussy, loose woman, or hing oot. Example: Yi gallus wee besom, eh ll skelp yir erse! II Mawdesley Glossary 1. a brush made from small twigs. 2. an old woman o ill repute …   English dialects glossary

  • besom — noun Etymology: Middle English beseme, from Old English besma; akin to Old High German besmo broom Date: before 12th century broom 2; especially one made of twigs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • besom — /bee zeuhm/, n. 1. a broom, esp. one of brush or twigs. 2. broom (def. 2). [bef. 1000; ME besem, OE bes(e)ma; c. D bezem, G Besen] * * * …   Universalium

  • besom — 1. noun A broom made from a bundle of twigs tied onto a shaft. 2. verb To sweep. Now, in her iceberg white, holily laundered crinoline nightgown, under virtuous polar sheets, in her spruced and scoured dust defying bedroom in trig and trim Bay… …   Wiktionary

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