Broach, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Broached p. pr. & vb. n. Broaching.]
1. To spit; to pierce as with a spit.
I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's point. --Shak.
2. To tap; to pierce, as a cask, in order to draw the liquor. Hence: To let out; to shed, as blood.
Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade,
He bravely broached his boiling bloody breast. --Shak.
3. To open for the first time, as stores.
You shall want neither weapons, victuals, nor aid; I will open the old armories, I will broach my store, and will bring forth my stores. --Knolles.
4. To make public; to utter; to publish first; to put forth; to introduce as a topic of conversation.
Those very opinions themselves had broached. --Swift.
5. To cause to begin or break out. [Obs.]
6. Masonry To shape roughly, as a block of stone, by chiseling with a coarse tool. [Scot. & North of Eng.]
7. To enlarge or dress (a hole), by using a broach.
To broach to Naut., to incline suddenly to windward, so as to lay the sails aback, and expose the vessel to the danger of oversetting.
adj : of a cask or barrel; "the cask was set abroach" [syn: abroach]