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noun 
  1. A period of prosperity or market activity
  2. (nautical) A spar extending the foot of a sail; a spar rigged outboard from a ship's side to which boats are secured in harbour
  3. A horizontal member of a crane or derrick, used for lifting.
  4. An abrupt, low-pitched sound, such as of an explosion. (The boom of the surf)
  5. A floating barrier across a harbour entrance used to obstruct the entry of an enemy
verb 
  1. (intransitive) To be prosperous.
Business was booming.
  1. (intransitive) To speak or make noise with an intense, low pitch.
Etymology: Onomatopoetic, except in the "horizontal member" senses, which derive from the Dutch for tree.


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