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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blow  \Blow\,  v.  t. 
  To  cause  to  blossom;  to  put  forth  (blossoms  or  flowers). 
 
  The  odorous  banks,  that  blow  Flowers  of  more  mingled 
  hue.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blow  \Blow\,  n.  (Bot.) 
  A  blossom;  a  flower;  also  a  state  of  blossoming;  a  mass  of 
  blossoms.  ``Such  a  blow  of  tulips.''  --Tatler. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blow  \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. 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blow  \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, 
  {Flourish}.] 
  To  flower;  to  blossom;  to  bloom. 
 
  How  blows  the  citron  grove.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blow  \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. 
  Arnold. 
 
  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 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blow  \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 
  building. 
 
  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 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blow  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blow 
  n  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:  {bump}] 
  3:  an  unfortunate  happening  that  hinders  of  impedes;  something 
  that  is  thwarting  or  frustrating  [syn:  {reverse},  {reversal}, 
  {setback}] 
  4:  an  unpleasant  or  disappointing  surprise;  "it  came  as  a  shock 
  to  learn  that  he  was  injured";  "it  was  blow  to  their  hopes 
  of  reconciliation"  [syn:  {shock}] 
  5:  a  strong  current  of  air;  "the  tree  was  bent  almost  double  by 
  the  gust"  [syn:  {gust},  {blast}] 
  6:  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:  {puff}] 
  v  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  current;  "The  leaves  were 
  blowing  in  the  wind";  "the  boat  drifted  on  the  lake"  [syn: 
  {float},  {drift},  {be  adrift}] 
  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  [syn:  {botch},  {fumble},  {botch 
  up},  {muff},  {flub},  {screw  up},  {ball  up},  {blunder},  {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"  [syn:  {waste},  {squander}]  [ant: 
  {conserve}] 
  9:  spend  lavishly  or  wastefully  on  "He  blew  a  lot  of  money  on 
  his  new  home  theater"  [syn:  {squander}]  [ant:  {save}] 
  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},  {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,  as  of  some  marine 
  mammals;  "The  whales  blew" 
  16:  leave  informal  or  rude:  "shove  off!";  "The  children  shoved 
  along";  "Blow  now!"  [syn:  {shove  off},  {shove  along}] 
  17:  lay  eggs;  of  certain  insects 
  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},  {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}] 
  22:  burst  suddenly;  "The  tire  blew";  "We  blew  a  tire" 




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