Definitions for: Blow

[n] forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff"
[n] a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
[n] an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"
[n] an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle"
[n] an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
[n] a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust"
[v] exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"
[v] free of obstruction by blowing air through; "blow one's nose"
[v] burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"
[v] melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew"
[v] shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"
[v] allow to regain its breath; "blow a horse"
[v] show off
[v] cause to be revealed and jeopardized; "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"
[v] lay eggs; of certain insects
[v] leave; informal or rude; "shove off!"; "The children shoved along"; "Blow now!"
[v] 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"
[v] spout moist air from the blowhole, as of some marine mammals; "The whales blew"
[v] cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
[v] cause air to go in, on, or through; "Blow my hair dry"
[v] provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
[v] play or sound a wind instrument; "She blew the horn"
[v] make a sound as if blown; "The whistle blew"
[v] sound by having air expelled through a tube; "The trumpets blew"
[v] spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
[v] spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"
[v] make a mess of, destroy or ruin
[v] be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"

Webster (1913) Definition: Blow (bl[=o]), v. i. [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,
To flower; to blossom; to bloom.

How blows the citron grove. --Milton.

Blow, v. t.
To cause to blossom; to put forth (blossoms or flowers).

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

Blow, n. (Bot.)
A blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of
blossoms. ``Such a blow of tulips.'' --Tatler.

Blow, n. [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to
beat, G. bl["a]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.

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.

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.

Blow, v. i. [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["a]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.

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

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

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

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.''

Blow, v. t.
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.

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

6. To spread by report; to publish; to disclose.

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.

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

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.

Blow, n.
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.

Synonyms: ball up, be adrift, blast, blow out, bluster, boast, bobble, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, brag, bumble, bump, bungle, burn out, drift, fellate, float, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, gas, gasconade, go down on, gust, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, puff, reversal, reverse, screw up, setback, shock, shoot a line, shove along, shove off, spoil, squander, swash, tout, vaunt

Antonyms: conserve, economise, economize, husband, lay aside, save, save up

See Also: amplify, bang, bash, belt, belt, biff, blip, bluster, bluster, boot, box, break, break, break down, break open, breathe out, breathing out, breeze, bring out, buffeting, burn, burst, chuff, clip, combat, concussion, conk out, counterblow, crow, depart, die, direct, discharge, disclose, discover, displace, divulge, drop, eject, exaggerate, excite, exhalation, exhale, expel, expend, expiration, expire, expose, fail, fail, fight, fighting, fling, form, gasp, give away, give out, give way, gloat, go, go, go, go away, go bad, go wrong, gush, hammer, hammering, happening, heave, huff, hyerbolise, hyperbolize, impact, impart, insufflate, insufflation, jar, jolt, jounce, kick, kicking, knife thrust, knock, knock, knockdown, knockout, KO, lash, lavish, lay, let on, let out, lick, locomote, magnify, miscarry, move, natural event, occurrence, overdraw, overspend, overstate, pant, poke, pound, pounding, pounding, puff, puff, puff, puff of air, punch, put down, rap, rap, release, repose, rest, reveal, sandblast, send, set in, shape, shot, shower, slap, slap, smack, smack, smacker, smacking, smash, sound, spend, spirt, split, splurge, spout, spurt, squall, stab, stimulate, stinger, stir, storm, stream, strike, stroke, surprise, swat, swing, tap, thrust, thump, thwack, tide, travel, triumph, uppercut, use, waft, waft, wallop, whack, whammy, whang, whiff, whiff, whip, whiplash, wind

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