Definition of broach :
1. A broad chisel for stonecutting.
2. A clasp for fastening a garment. See Brooch.
3. A spire rising from a tower.
4. A spit.
5. A spitlike start, on the head of a young stag.
6. A straight tool with file teeth, made of steel, to be pressed through irregular holes in metal that cannot be dressed by revolving tools; a drift.
7. A tool of steel, generally tapering, and of a polygonal form, with from four to eight cutting edges, for smoothing or enlarging holes in metal; sometimes made smooth or without edges, as for burnishing pivot holes in watches; a reamer. The broach for gun barrels is commonly square and without taper.
8. An awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at each end, used by thatchers.
9. The pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key.
10. The stick from which candle wicks are suspended for dipping.
11. To cause to begin or break out.
12. To enlarge or dress ( a hole), by using a broach.
13. To make public; to utter; to publish first; to put forth; to introduce as a topic of conversation.
14. To open for the first time, as stores.
15. To shape roughly, as a block of stone, by chiseling with a coarse tool.
16. To spit; to pierce as with a spit.
17. To tap; to pierce, as a cask, in order to draw the liquor. Hence: To let out; to shed, as blood.
ask, mention, introduce, suggest, initiate, place, propose, surface, start, puncture, bring up, allude to, originate, talk in terms of something, tap, utter, come up, refer to, break, hint, induct, touch on, tell of, open, penetrate, invoke, pierce, breastpin, put forth, moot, pioneer, brooch, note, raise, lead up
- Broach meanwhile had fallen, and there remained only Surat. - "Rulers of India: Akbar", George Bruce Malleson.
- When his very natural curiosity had been satisfied by a course of Mangnall's Questions, I ventured to broach my own business. - "HE", Andrew Lang.
- It was not pleasant to broach the subject, and he knew that it was dangerous, since Em was high- spirited. - "In a Little Town", Rupert Hughes.