Hypertext Webster Gateway: "booming"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Boom \Boom\ (b[=oo]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Boomed}, p. pr. &
vb. n. {Booming}.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. bommen to
hum, D. bommen to drum, sound as an empty barrel, also W.
bwmp a hollow sound; aderyn y bwmp, the bird of the hollow
sound, i. e., the bittern. Cf. {Bum}, {Bump}, v. i., {Bomb},
v. i.]
1. To cry with a hollow note; to make a hollow sound, as the
bittern, and some insects.

At eve the beetle boometh Athwart the thicket lone.

2. To make a hollow sound, as of waves or cannon.

Alarm guns booming through the night air. --W.

3. To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press
of sail, before a free wind.

She comes booming down before it. --Totten.

4. To have a rapid growth in market value or in popular
favor; to go on rushingly.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Booming \Boom"ing\, a.
1. Rushing with violence; swelling with a hollow sound;
making a hollow sound or note; roaring; resounding.

O'er the sea-beat ships the booming waters roar.

2. Advancing or increasing amid noisy excitement; as, booming
prices; booming popularity. [Colloq. U. S.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Booming \Boom"ing\, n.
The act of producing a hollow or roaring sound; a violent
rushing with heavy roar; as, the booming of the sea; a deep,
hollow sound; as, the booming of bitterns. --Howitt.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: very lively and profitable; "flourishing businesses"; "a
palmy time for stockbrokers"; "a prosperous new
business"; "doing a roaring trade"; "a thriving
tourist center"; "did a thriving business in orchids"
[syn: {flourishing}, {palmy}, {prospering}, {prosperous},
{roaring}, {thriving}]
2: used of the voice [syn: {stentorian}]

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