AskDefine | Define bruit

Dictionary Definition

bruit v : tell or spread rumors; "It was rumored that the next president would be a woman" [syn: rumor, rumour]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old French bruit.


IPA: /'bɹu:t/


  1. to echo
    And the King's rouse the heaven shall bruit again,
    Re-speaking earthly thunder. - "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2 lines 127-128
  2. (US, archaic Brit) to spread or disseminate a rumour etc.
    • 1997: Paranoid. Now he knew what it meant, this word that was bandied and bruited so easily, and he sensed the connections being made around him. — Don DeLillo, Underworld



Old French, use as a noun of the past participle form of bruire ‘to roar’, from a Proto-Romanic alteration (by association with braire ‘cry’) of Latin rugire ‘roar’.


IPA: /bʀɥi/


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Extensive Definition

Bruit (, or as French ) is the term for the unusual sound that blood makes when it rushes past an obstruction (called turbulent flow) in an artery when the sound is auscultated with the bell portion of a stethoscope.
The location of the stethoscope when the sound is observed can affect the diagnosis.

Associated conditions

See also

bruit in Portuguese: Bruit
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