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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blowing 
  n  :  processing  that  involves  blowing  a  gas 




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