Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.


boomerang (bo͞oˈmərăngˌ), special form of throwing stick, used mainly by the aborigines of Australia. Other forms of throwing sticks were used by the peoples of ancient Egypt, Ethiopia, and India and by the indigenous peoples of the SW United States. The boomerang is sickle-shaped with arms slightly curved in opposite directions as in a propeller. The trajectory of a boomerang is usually an arc, but in some cases it is a full circle. The boomerang of the Australian aborigines (from whom the name is derived) is made in two types. The smaller boomerang, 12 to 30 in. (30 to 75 cm) long, is used only for sport and is thrown so that it returns to the thrower. The larger war boomerang is 24 to 36 in. (60 to 90 cm) long and does not return; it is used for hunting and warfare.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2022, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.


(pop culture)
The freelance assassin known as Boomerang was introduced in an Incredible Hulk feature story in Tales to Astonish #81 (1966), scripted by Stan Lee and penciled by Jack Kirby, as major league baseball pitcher “Fred” (he later was given the last name Myers). Although he had an extraordinary arm, Myers was suspended from the league for accepting bribes. Washed up and bitter, he eventually wandered into the Secret Empire, the subversive criminal organization in which he became a special operative code-named Boomerang. When the Secret Empire disbanded, Boomerang returned to his native Australia, where he honed his natural gift of throwing. As a freelance assassin equipped with weaponry financed by multimillionaire Justin Hammer, Boomerang has primarily fought Spider-Man, although he has taken aim at the Hulk, Iron Fist, Nick Fury, Shang-Chi, the Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Defenders. He has freelanced for the Kingpin, but has also been affiliated with the Jack O'Lantern–founded team, the Sinister Syndicate (which also included Rhino, Beetle, Hydro- Man, and Speed Demon), and has allied himself with other Marvel villains, such as Viper II, Blizzard II, Silver Samurai, Blacklash, and Hammerhead. The expert marksman doesn't possess any superpowers to speak of, but his aim is dead on. His primary weapons are his trademark boomerangs, each of which is outfitted for a special purpose: “shatterangs” detonate on impact with explosive power; “gasarangs” release highly concentrated tear gas; “razorangs” slice through almost any material; and “screamerangs” produce a sonic blast. Boomerang can “fly” for several hours at moderate speed thanks to his mentally controlled high-powered boot-jets. Boomerang's contemporary appearances include moments in Marvel Knights: Spider-Man (2005) as a member of Green Goblin's Sinister Twelve. In television animation, Boomerang appeared in a “Hulk” episode of The Marvel Super- Heroes series (1966) and in the FOX Kids Avengers series (1999–2000).
The Supervillain Book: The Evil Side of Comics and Hollywood © 2006 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A boomerang is a configuration resembling a yod but involving a fourth planet directly opposed to the “action planet” at the tip of the yod. In a yod, two planets form a sextile (60°) aspect and both in turn form a quincunx (150°) aspect with a third planet. If lines were drawn to the center of the horoscope from all three planets, the resulting pattern would look like a capital Y. The planet at the bottom tip of the Y is said to be the action planet because its house placement is where the action takes place when the configuration is activated by a transit or a progression. The interpretation often given to a yod in a natal chart is that it indicates a life that proceeds along in a certain pattern for a period of time until the established pattern is abruptly interrupted and the native is forced to proceed in a new direction, though the new direction is one for which the person had actually been preparing for some time. A completely unanticipated promotion in one’s chosen profession, for example, might be brought about by an activated yod configuration.

When a fourth planet is involved in a yod so that it forms an opposition (180°) aspect to the action planet and semisextile (30°) aspects to the remaining two planets, the resulting formation is called a boomerang, a designation coined by Joan McEvers. In a boomerang, the situation anticipated at the point of the action planet “boomerangs” when the configuration is activated. One example McEvers uses in her explanation of the boomerang is Ralph Waldo Emerson, who had such a configuration in his natal chart and who, when fortune placed the 26-year-old minister in the pulpit of Boston’s Old North Church, found himself in a situation with which his non-conformist temperament had difficulty coping. He was eventually forced to leave the ministry. Thus, Emerson’s opportunity “boomeranged.”


Escobar, Thyrza. Side Lights of Astrology. 3d ed. Hollywood, CA: Golden Seal Research, 1971.
McEvers, Joan. “The Boomerang: A New Configuration.” In Astrology: Old Theme, New Thoughts. Edited by Marion D. March and Joan McEvers. San Diego: Astro Computing Services, 1984.
The Astrology Book, Second Edition © 2003 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a type of wooden throwing stick for combat and hunting, widely used among many Australian tribes. Sticks resembling the boomerang have also been found in ancient Egypt, southern India, Southeast Asia, and Mexico. The boomerangs known to the Australians were of the returning type and were capable of describing complex paths, closed figure eights, and so on, in flight. A returning boomerang is a curved plate that forms two vanes of unequal length; the lower surface is flat, and the upper surface is convex (its cross-section is similar to that of an airplane wing). The flight dynamics of a boomerang that is simultaneously in forward and rotational motion is very complex: the comparatively rapid rotation of the boomerang in the air creates an aerodynamic moment that affects the boomerang like a rotating gyroscope and continually deflects it from the direction of flight. The line of flight also depends on the direction of the wind and the skill of the thrower.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


(1) A mobile app from Instagram that takes a one-second video and plays it forward and backward in a continuous loop. Boomerang was introduced in 2016. See Instagram and Hyperlapse.

(2) A bi-directional programming language for text formats. Introduced in 2008, Boomerang is able to convert text from one format to another and perform the same conversion in reverse. For more information, visit

(3) An add-on to Gmail and Outlook from Baydin, Inc. that lets users schedule delivery of their email messages and receive reminders to follow up. Boomerang includes Respondable, which analyzes the writing to make a response more likely. It measures reading level, positivity and politeness, while paid versions use AI to improve the writing quality.

The Send Message Dialog
Along with many other features, Boomerang is widely used to schedule a message for delivery.
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
also promises to expand the availability of Boomerang to streaming devices like the Roku, the Apple TV and Amazon.
poses with his three-bladed boomerang that's become a smash hit at some of the most famous destinations on the planet from Mount Everest to the Great Wall of China
Lining up offa mark of 90 here, Boomerang Bob races from his lowest ever rating and must be one for the shortlist.
Club Boomerang's main entertainment is to show off the talents of drag performers of both professional and amateur status.
The firm said it took into account affordability for boomerang borrowers when evaluating different markets.
Twenty-seven percent of multigenerational families said living with extended family was beneficial for "help with children and/or household responsibilities," and 54% of boomerang families said they would "prefer to have my adult child living at home with me as long as he/she wants to."
It was also found that after surveying and interviewing hundreds of employees, we were able to see that boomerang employees were more likely to originally leave an organization not because of dissatisfaction with the job, but because of some personal shock, such as a pregnancy, spousal relocation or an unexpected job offer, they also found that boomerang employees, compared to non-boomerang employees, typically had shorter original tenures with the focal organizations.
The book's underlying idea is "the boomerang theory," the fundamental principle that extraordinary hospitality rather than ordinary customer service brings people back and that organizations that go the extra mile can inspire customers to go the extra mile for them.
The Boomerang Nebula is about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the Southern constellation Centaurus.
Machinery at the Boomerang site is used for recycling yoghurt pots and tubs, before the resulting granulate is sold to plastics processors in the UK for moulding into new products.
It seems parents in Aberdeen are the most generous in paying for holidays: nearly a quarter (23%) of "boomerang" adults in the Scottish city are relying on their parents to take them abroad.
Boomerang is connecting users to apps by applying non-incentivized installs and driving users who are organically interested in a particular app.