billow

  • 1 Billow — Bil low, n. [Cf. Icel. bylgja billow, Dan. b[ o]lge, Sw. b[ o]lja; akin to MHG. bulge billow, bag, and to E. bulge. See {Bulge}.] 1. A great wave or surge of the sea or other water, caused usually by violent wind. [1913 Webster] Whom the winds… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 billow — [bil′ō] n. [ON bylgja: see BELLY] 1. a large wave; great swell of water 2. any large swelling mass or surge, as of smoke, sound, etc. vi. to surge, swell, or rise like or in a billow vt. to make billow or surge SYN. WAVE …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 billow — [n] surging mass beachcomber, breaker, crest, roller, surge, swell, tide, wave; concepts 437,514 billow [v] surge balloon, belly, bloat, bounce, bulge, ebb and flow, heave, pitch, puff up, ripple, rise and fall, rise up, rock, roll, swell, toss,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 Billow — Bil low, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Billowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Billowing}.] To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to undulate. The billowing snow. Prior. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 billow — ► NOUN 1) a large undulating mass of cloud, smoke, or steam. 2) archaic a large sea wave. ► VERB 1) (of fabric) fill with air and swell outwards. 2) (of smoke, cloud, or steam) move or flow outward with an undulating motion. DERIVATIVES billowy …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 billow — {{11}}billow (n.) 1550s, perhaps older in dialectal use, from O.N. bylgja a wave, a billow, from P.Gmc. *bulgjan (Cf. M.H.G. bulge billow, bag ), from PIE *bhelgh to swell (see BELLY (Cf. belly) (n.)). {{12}}billow (v.) 1590s, from BILLOW (Cf.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 billow — I UK [ˈbɪləʊ] / US [ˈbɪloʊ] verb [intransitive] Word forms billow : present tense I/you/we/they billow he/she/it billows present participle billowing past tense billowed past participle billowed 1) to be filled with air and swell out like a sail… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 billow — bil|low1 [ˈbıləu US lou] v 1.) [i]also billow out if something made of cloth billows, it moves in the wind ▪ Her long skirt billowed in the breeze. 2.) if a cloud or smoke billows, it rises in a round mass billow out of/up etc ▪ There was smoke… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 billow — bil|low1 [ bılou ] verb intransitive 1. ) to be filled with air and swell out like a sail: The sheets billowed on the clothes line. billow out: His cloak billowed out behind him. 2. ) if smoke or steam billows, it rises or moves in clouds: Smoke… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 billow — I. noun Etymology: Old Norse bylgja; akin to Old High German balg bag more at belly Date: 1552 1. wave; especially a great wave or surge of water 2. a rolling mass (as of flame or smoke) that resembles a high wave • billowy adjective II …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 billow — 1. noun /ˈbɪləʊ,ˈbɪloʊ/ A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of water, smoke or sound And the brooklet has found the billow Though they flowed so far apart …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 billow — verb Billow is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑cloak, ↑curtain, ↑sail, ↑skirt, ↑smoke …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 billow — [[t]bɪ̱loʊ[/t]] billows, billowing, billowed 1) VERB When something made of cloth billows, it swells out and moves slowly in the wind. The curtains billowed in the breeze... [V out] Her pink dress billowed out around her. [V ing] ...the billowing …

    English dictionary

  • 14 billow — 1 verb (I) 1 also billow out to swell out like a sail: billowing skirts 2 literary to rise and roll in waves: smoke billowing upwards 2 noun (countable usually plural) 1 literary a wave, especially a very large one 2 a moving cloud or mass of… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 billow — bil•low [[t]ˈbɪl oʊ[/t]] n. 1) a great wave or surge of the sea 2) any surging mass: billows of smoke[/ex] 3) to rise or roll in billows; surge 4) to swell out, puff up, etc 5) to cause to billow • Etymology: 1545–55; < ON bylgja wave …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 billow —    Ale, aui, aui ale; nī au (rare); ōhuku ale (rising);    ♦ billow out, puha u, pō olopū, pūnohu; olopū, poholua (as sails); kōwehe (as a dress) …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 17 billow — /bil oh/, n. 1. a great wave or surge of the sea. 2. any surging mass: billows of smoke. v.i. 3. to rise or roll in or like billows; surge. 4. to swell out, puff up, etc., as by the action of wind: flags billowing in the breeze. v.t. 5. to make… …

    Universalium

  • 18 billow — Synonyms and related words: bag, balloon, be poised, belly, belly out, bilge, bore, bouge, break, breakers, bug, bulge, chop, choppiness, chopping sea, comb, comber, crash, dash, dilate, dirty water, distend, eagre, ebb and flow, goggle, gravity… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 billow — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. surge, swell. n. undulation, wave. See water, convexity. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. wave, surge, crest, tide; see wave 1 , 2 . See Synonym Study at wave . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. swell,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 billow — bil·low || bɪləʊ n. rolling or surging mass, surge, rush, wave v. rise or role in waves, swell up, be heaped …

    English contemporary dictionary


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