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8 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blow \Blow\, verb (used without an object) [imp. {Blew} (bl[=u]); p. p. {Blown} (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blowing}.] [OE. blawen, blowen, AS. bl[=a]wan to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. pl[=a]jan, G. bl[aum]hen, to blow up, swell, L. flare to blow, Gr. 'ekflai'nein to spout out, and to E. bladder, blast, inflate, etc., and perh. blow to bloom.]

1. To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows.

Hark how it rains and blows ! --Walton.

2. To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.

3. To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.

Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing. --Shak.

4. To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.

There let the pealing organ blow. --Milton.

5. To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.

6. To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street.

The grass blows from their graves to thy own. --M. Arnold.

7. To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. [Colloq.]

You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face. --Bartlett.

8. To stop functioning due to a failure in an electrical circuit, especially on which breaks the circuit; sometimes used with out; -- used of light bulbs, electronic components, fuses; as, the dome light in the car blew out. [PJC]

9. To deflate by sudden loss of air; usually used with out; -- of inflatable tires. [PJC]

{To blow hot and cold} (a saying derived from a fable of [AE]sop's), to favor a thing at one time and treat it coldly at another; or to appear both to favor and to oppose.

{To blow off}, to let steam escape through a passage provided for the purpose; as, the engine or steamer is blowing off.

{To blow out}. (a) To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapor; as, a steam cock or valve sometimes blows out. (b) To talk violently or abusively. [Low]

{To blow over}, to pass away without effect; to cease, or be dissipated; as, the storm and the clouds have blown over.

{To blow up}, to be torn to pieces and thrown into the air as by an explosion of powder or gas or the expansive force of steam; to burst; to explode; as, a powder mill or steam boiler blows up. "The enemy's magazines blew up." --Tatler.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blow \Blow\ (bl[=o]), verb (used without an object) [imp. {Blew} (bl[=u]); p. p. {Blown} (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blowing}.] [OE. blowen, AS. bl[=o]wan to blossom; akin to OS. bl[=o]jan, D. bloeijen, OHG. pluojan, MHG. bl["u]ejen, G. bl["u]hen, L. florere to flourish, OIr. blath blossom. Cf. {Blow} to puff, {Flourish}.] To flower; to blossom; to bloom.

How blows the citron grove. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blow \Blow\, verb (used with an object) To cause to blossom; to put forth (blossoms or flowers).

The odorous banks, that blow Flowers of more mingled hue. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blow \Blow\, noun (Bot.) A blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of blossoms. "Such a blow of tulips." --Tatler.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blow \Blow\, noun [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to beat, G. bl[aum]uen, Goth. bliggwan.]

1. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword.

Well struck ! there was blow for blow. --Shak.

2. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.

A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp]. --T. Arnold.

3. The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss (esp. when sudden); a buffet.

A most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows. --Shak.

{At a blow}, suddenly; at one effort; by a single vigorous act. "They lose a province at a blow." --Dryden.

{To come to blows}, to engage in combat; to fight; -- said of individuals, armies, and nations.

Syn: Stroke; knock; shock; misfortune.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blow \Blow\, verb (used with an object)

1. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire.

2. To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore.

Off at sea northeast winds blow Sabean odors from the spicy shore. --Milton.

3. To cause air to pass through by the action of the mouth, or otherwise; to cause to sound, as a wind instrument; as, to blow a trumpet; to blow an organ; to blow a horn.

Hath she no husband That will take pains to blow a horn before her? --Shak.

Boy, blow the pipe until the bubble rise, Then cast it off to float upon the skies. --Parnell.

4. To clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose.

5. To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a building.

6. To spread by report; to publish; to disclose; to reveal, intentionally or inadvertently; as, to blow an agent's cover.

Through the court his courtesy was blown. --Dryden.

His language does his knowledge blow. --Whiting.

7. To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass.

8. To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.

Look how imagination blows him. --Shak.

9. To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, to blow a horse. --Sir W. Scott.

10. To deposit eggs or larv[ae] upon, or in (meat, etc.).

To suffer The flesh fly blow my mouth. --Shak.

11. To perform an act of fellatio on; to stimulate another's penis with one's mouth; -- usually considered vulgar. [slang] [PJC]

12. to smoke (e. g. marijuana); to blow pot. [colloq.] [PJC]

13. to botch; to bungle; as, he blew his chance at a good job by showing up late for the interview. [colloq.] [PJC]

14. to leave; to depart from; as, to blow town. [slang] [PJC]

15. to squander; as, he blew his inheritance gambling. [colloq.] [PJC]

{To blow great guns}, to blow furiously and with roaring blasts; -- said of the wind at sea or along the coast.

{To blow off}, to empty (a boiler) of water through the blow-off pipe, while under steam pressure; also, to eject (steam, water, sediment, etc.) from a boiler.

{To blow one's own trumpet}, to vaunt one's own exploits, or sound one's own praises.

{To blow out}, to extinguish by a current of air, as a candle.

{To blow up}. (a) To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder or bubble. (b) To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to puff up; as, to blow one up with flattery. "Blown up with high conceits engendering pride." --Milton. (c) To excite; as, to blow up a contention. (d) To burst, to raise into the air, or to scatter, by an explosion; as, to blow up a fort. (e) To scold violently; as, to blow up a person for some offense. [Colloq.]

I have blown him up well -- nobody can say I wink at what he does. --G. Eliot.

{To blow upon}. (a) To blast; to taint; to bring into discredit; to render stale, unsavory, or worthless. (b) To inform against. [Colloq.]

How far the very custom of hearing anything spouted withers and blows upon a fine passage, may be seen in those speeches from [Shakespeare's] Henry V. which are current in the mouths of schoolboys. --C. Lamb.

A lady's maid whose character had been blown upon. --Macaulay.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blow \Blow\, noun

1. A blowing, esp., a violent blowing of the wind; a gale; as, a heavy blow came on, and the ship put back to port.

2. The act of forcing air from the mouth, or through or from some instrument; as, to give a hard blow on a whistle or horn; to give the fire a blow with the bellows.

3. The spouting of a whale.

4. (Metal.) A single heat or operation of the Bessemer converter. --Raymond.

5. An egg, or a larva, deposited by a fly on or in flesh, or the act of depositing it. --Chapman.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

blow

noun

1: a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"

2: an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle" [syn: {blow}, {bump}]

3: an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: {reverse}, {reversal}, {setback}, {blow}, {black eye}]

4: an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured" [syn: {shock}, {blow}]

5: a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust" [syn: {gust}, {blast}, {blow}]

6: street names for cocaine [syn: {coke}, {blow}, {nose candy}, {snow}, {C}]

7: forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff" [syn: {blow}, {puff}]

verb

1: exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"

2: be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"

3: free of obstruction by blowing air through; "blow one's nose"

4: be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore" [syn: {float}, {drift}, {be adrift}, {blow}]

5: make a sound as if blown; "The whistle blew"

6: shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"

7: make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: {botch}, {bodge}, {bumble}, {fumble}, {botch up}, {muff}, {blow}, {flub}, {screw up}, {ball up}, {spoil}, {muck up}, {bungle}, {fluff}, {bollix}, {bollix up}, {bollocks}, {bollocks up}, {bobble}, {mishandle}, {louse up}, {foul up}, {mess up}, {fuck up}]

8: spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree" [syn: {waste}, {blow}, {squander}] [ant: {conserve}, {economise}, {economize}, {husband}]

9: spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"

10: sound by having air expelled through a tube; "The trumpets blew"

11: play or sound a wind instrument; "She blew the horn"

12: provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation [syn: {fellate}, {suck}, {blow}, {go down on}]

13: cause air to go in, on, or through; "Blow my hair dry"

14: cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"

15: spout moist air from the blowhole; "The whales blew"

16: leave; informal or rude; "shove off!"; "The children shoved along"; "Blow now!" [syn: {shove off}, {shove along}, {blow}]

17: lay eggs; "certain insects are said to blow"

18: cause to be revealed and jeopardized; "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"

19: show off [syn: {boast}, {tout}, {swash}, {shoot a line}, {brag}, {gas}, {blow}, {bluster}, {vaunt}, {gasconade}]

20: allow to regain its breath; "blow a horse"

21: melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew" [syn: {blow out}, {burn out}, {blow}]

22: burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"

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