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Definitions of blow

  1. 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"
  2. a strong current of air; " the tree was bent almost double by the gust"
  3. be blowing or storming; " The wind blew from the West"
  4. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; " he gave his nose a loud blow"; " he blew out all the candles with a single puff"
  5. a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; " a blow on the head"
  6. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; " it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"
  7. an impact ( as from a collision); " the bump threw him off the bicycle"
  8. an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  9. exhale hard; " blow on the soup to cool it down"
  10. free of obstruction by blowing air through; " blow one's nose"
  11. burst suddenly; " The tire blew"; " We blew a tire"
  12. shape by blowing; " Blow a glass vase"
  13. show off
  14. melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; " The lightbulbs blew out"; " The fuse blew"
  15. provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
  16. leave; informal or rude; " shove off!"; " The children shoved along"; " Blow now!"
  17. spend lavishly or wastefully on; " He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
  18. street names for cocaine
  19. allow to regain its breath; " blow a horse"
  20. cause to be revealed and jeopardized; " The story blew their cover"; " The double agent was blown by the other side"
  21. lay eggs; " certain insects are said to blow"
  22. spout moist air from the blowhole; " The whales blew"
  23. cause to move by means of an air current; " The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
  24. cause air to go in, on, or through; " Blow my hair dry"
  25. play or sound a wind instrument; " She blew the horn"
  26. make a sound as if blown; " The whistle blew"
  27. sound by having air expelled through a tube; " The trumpets blew"
  28. 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"
  29. To flower; to blossom; to bloom.
  30. To cause to blossom; to put forth ( blossoms or flowers).
  31. A blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of blossoms.
  32. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword.
  33. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
  34. The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss ( esp. when sudden); a buffet.
  35. To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows.
  36. To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.
  37. To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
  38. To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.
  39. To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.
  40. To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street.
  41. To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
  42. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire.
  43. To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore.
  44. 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.
  45. To clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose.
  46. To spread by report; to publish; to disclose.
  47. To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass.
  48. To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
  49. To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, to blow a horse.
  50. To deposit eggs or larvae upon, or in ( meat, etc.).
  51. A blowing, esp., a violent blowing of the wind; a gale; as, a heavy blow came on, and the ship put back to port.
  52. 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.
  53. The spouting of a whale.
  54. A single heat or operation of the Bessemer converter.
  55. An egg, or a larva, deposited by a fly on or in flesh, or the act of depositing it.
  56. To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; - usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a building.
  57. To blossom; to flower; to move, as air, at different rates of speed and force; to pant; to breathe quickly; to sound by having air forced into, as a whistle; to spout water.
  58. To drive a current of air upon; to send forward or impel by a current of air; to cause to sound by forcing air through, as a whistle; to clear by forcing air through; form by forcing air into, as bubbles; put out of breath by fatigue; scatter or shatter by explosives.
  59. A flower; a blossom; a blast; a gale of wind; an egg laid by a fly; the spouting of a whale; a stroke with the hand or with a weapon; an act of enmity; a sudden shock or misfortune.
  60. Blew.
  61. Blown.
  62. Blowing.
  63. A stroke or knock: a sudden misfortune or calamity.
  64. To bloom or blossom:- pr. p. blowing; pa. p. blown.
  65. To produce a current of air: to move, as air or the wind.
  66. To drive air upon or into: to drive by a current of air: to sound as a wind instrument:- pa. t. blew ( bloo); pa. p. blown.
  67. A stroke; sudden shock or calamity.
  68. To blossom.
  69. To drive by wind; force wind into or against.
  70. To produce a current of air; to pant.
  71. To bloom.
  72. To move or affect by a current of air; inflate, as molten glass; sound, as a trumpet.
  73. To put out of breath.
  74. To lay eggs in, as flies in meat.
  75. To emit a current, as of air; move in or be carried by the wind.
  76. To sound by being blown.
  77. To pant; be winded.
  78. A sudden or violent stroke; thump; shock; calamity.
  79. The act of blowing; a blast.
  80. The egg of a fly; a flyblow.
  81. The state of flowering; a mass of blossoms.
  82. A stroke; an act of hostility; a sudden calamity; the blossoms; the bloom; a gale of wind; breath; an ovum or egg deposited by a fly. To blow hot and cold, to vacillate: to side now with one party, now with the other. To blow over, to pass away without effect; to subside. To blow up, to be broken and scattered by the explosion of gunpowder. To blow out, to extinguish by blowing upon; to scatter, as by a pistol- shot. To blow up, to inflate; to kindle; to burst or scatter by the explosion of gunpowder; to bring to nought suddenly; to scold. To blow upon, to make stale or common, as a passage in a writer; to speak ill of; to regard as worthless; to divulge.
  83. To drive a current of air upon; to drive by a current of air; to put out of breath: to inflate with air; to puff up; to sound a wind instrument; to spread by report; to taint by depositing eggs upon, as flies; to shatter by explosives.; to come to blossom.
  84. To make a current of air; to pant; to sound as a horn by being blown; to flower; to blossom.
  85. A stroke; first act of hostility; a sudden calamity.
  86. To move as air; to pant or puff; to throw or drive a current of air into or upon; to warm by the breath; to deposit eggs as flies.
  87. To come into flower; to show flower.
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Usage examples for blow

  1. The duke felt the blow – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  2. We'll blow real hard, and maybe it will come down." – A Sweet Little Maid by Amy E. Blanchard
  3. It was a blow to him that we had no news to give; and it was hard even to offer advice. – The Brightener by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  4. Did Mr. Darrow himself give the blow – The-Darrow-Enigma by Severy, Melvin Linwood
  5. And it was a funny blow up. – Somewhere in Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  6. This was a blow for which she had not been prepared; it crushed her to the earth. – Life of Saint Monica by F. A. (Frances Alice) Forbes
  7. He could almost as easily have struck her a blow and indeed the effect of it was precisely that. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  8. Even the light blow I gave frightened me. – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  9. It wounded me, as if some one had struck me a blow in the mouth. – Emily Brontë by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  10. He sat down, saying: " This is a terrible blow but better you should tell it to me than leave me to find it out." – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  11. The blow fell sooner than he expected. – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  12. The banker's warning had been a sharp blow to him. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. But she did not blow the ten. – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  14. She knew that blow would tell. – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  15. I've just had a- well, a blow – A Spinner in the Sun by Myrtle Reed
  16. Blow my brains out; that's soon done. – A Hungarian Nabob by Maurus Jókai
  17. Let your arms be strong to strike a blow for the right! – Starr, of the Desert by B. M Bower
  18. The storm would blow over in time. – The Bravest of the Brave or, with Peterborough in Spain by G. A. Henty
  19. Rob answered him with a blow – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  20. This will blow over. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
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