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  8  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Puffball  \Puff"ball`\,  n.  (Bot.) 
  A  kind  of  ball-shaped  fungus  ({Lycoperdon  giganteum},  and 
  other  species  of  the  same  genus)  full  of  dustlike  spores  when 
  ripe;  --  called  also  {bullfist},  {bullfice},  {puckfist}, 
  {puff},  and  {puffin}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Puff  \Puff\,  a. 
  Puffed  up  vain.  [R.]  --Fanshawe. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Puff  \Puff\  (p[u^]f),  n.  [Akin  to  G.  &  Sw  puff  a  blow,  Dan. 
  puf,  D.  pof;  of  imitative  origin.  Cf  {Buffet}.] 
  1.  A  sudden  and  single  emission  of  breath  from  the  mouth; 
  hence  any  sudden  or  short  blast  of  wind;  a  slight  gust;  a 
  whiff.  ``  To  every  puff  of  wind  a  slave.''  --Flatman. 
  2.  Anything  light  and  filled  with  air.  Specifically: 
  a  A  puffball. 
  b  a  kind  of  light  pastry. 
  c  A  utensil  of  the  toilet  for  dusting  the  skin  or  hair 
  with  powder. 
  3.  An  exaggerated  or  empty  expression  of  praise,  especially 
  one  in  a  public  journal. 
  {Puff  adder}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  Any  South  African  viper  belonging  to  {Clotho}  and 
  allied  genera.  They  are  exceedingly  venomous,  and  have 
  the  power  of  greatly  distending  their  bodies  when 
  irritated.  The  common  puff  adder  ({Vipera,  or  Clotho 
  arietans})  is  the  largest  species,  becoming  over  four 
  feet  long.  The  plumed  puff  adder  ({C.  cornuta})  has  a 
  plumelike  appendage  over  each  eye. 
  b  A  North  American  harmless  snake  ({Heterodon 
  platyrrhinos})  which  has  the  power  of  puffing  up  its 
  body.  Called  also  {hog-nose  snake},  {flathead}, 
  {spreading  adder},  and  {blowing  adder}. 
  {Puff  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  bird  of  the  genus  {Bucco},  or 
  family  {Bucconid[ae]}.  They  are  small  birds,  usually  with 
  dull-colored  and  loose  plumage,  and  have  twelve  tail 
  feathers.  See  {Barbet} 
  b  . 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Puff  \Puff\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  drive  with  a  puff,  or  with  puffs. 
  The  clearing  north  will  puff  the  clouds  away 
  2.  To  repel  with  words  to  blow  at  contemptuously. 
  I  puff  the  prostitute  away  --Dryden. 
  3.  To  cause  to  swell  or  dilate;  to  inflate;  to  ruffle  with 
  puffs;  --  often  with  up  as  a  bladder  puffed  with  air. 
  The  sea  puffed  up  with  winds.  --Shak. 
  4.  To  inflate  with  pride,  flattery,  self-esteem,  or  the  like 
  --  often  with  up 
  Puffed  up  with  military  success.  --Jowett 
  (Thucyd.  ) 
  5.  To  praise  with  exaggeration;  to  flatter;  to  call  public 
  attention  to  by  praises;  to  praise  unduly.  ``  Puffed  with 
  wonderful  skill.''  --Macaulay. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Puff  \Puff\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Puffed}  (p[u^]ft);  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Puffing}.]  [Akin  to  G.  puffen  to  pop,  buffet,  puff, 
  D.  poffen  to  pop,  puffen  to  blow,  Sw  puffa  to  push  to  cuff, 
  Dan.  puffe  to  pop,  thump.  See  {Puff},  n.] 
  1.  To  blow  in  puffs,  or  with  short  and  sudden  whiffs. 
  2.  To  blow,  as  an  expression  of  scorn;  --  with  at 
  It  is  really  to  defy  Heaven  to  puff  at  damnation. 
  3.  To  breathe  quick  and  hard,  or  with  puffs,  as  after  violent 
  The  ass  comes  back  again  puffing  and  blowing,  from 
  the  chase.  --L'  Estrange. 
  4.  To  swell  with  air;  to  be  dilated  or  inflated.  --Boyle. 
  5.  To  breathe  in  a  swelling,  inflated,  or  pompous  manner; 
  hence  to  assume  importance. 
  Then  came  brave  Glory  puffing  by  --Herbert. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  gathered  for  protruding  fullness;  "puff  sleeves"  [syn:  {puffed}] 
  n  1:  a  short  light  gust  of  air  [syn:  {puff  of  air},  {whiff}] 
  2:  a  light  inflated  pastry  or  puff  shell 
  3:  exaggerated  praise  (as  for  promotional  purposes) 
  4:  a  bed  cover  made  of  two  layers  of  cloth  filled  with  stuffing 
  and  stitched  together  [syn:  {quilt},  {comforter}] 
  5:  a  fluffy  pad  for  applying  powder  to  the  skin  [syn:  {powderpuff}] 
  6:  a  slow  inhalation  (as  of  tobacco  smoke);  "he  took  a  puff  on 
  his  pipe";  "he  took  a  drag  on  his  cigarette  and  expelled 
  the  smoke  slowly"  [syn:  {drag},  {pull}] 
  7:  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:  {blow}] 
  v  1:  smoke  with  puffs;  "puff  a  cigar" 
  2:  suck  in  or  take  as  of  air;  "draw  a  deep  breath";  draw  on  a 
  cigarette"  [syn:  {drag},  {draw}] 
  3:  breathe  noisily,  as  when  one  is  exhausted;  "The  runners 
  reached  the  finish  line  panting  heavily"  [syn:  {pant},  {gasp}, 
  4:  make  proud  or  conceited;  "The  sudden  fame  puffed  her  ego" 
  5:  praise  extravagantly;  "The  critics  puffed  up  this  Brodaway 
  production"  [syn:  {puff  up}] 
  6:  speak  in  a  blustering  or  scornful  manner;  "A  puffing  kind  of 
  7:  to  swell  or  cause  to  enlarge,  "Her  faced  puffed  up  from  the 
  drugs"  [syn:  {puff  up},  {blow  up},  {puff  out}] 
  8:  blow  hard  and  loudly  [syn:  {huff},  {chuff}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  puff  vt  To  decompress  data  that  has  been  crunched  by  Huffman 
  coding.  At  least  one  widely  distributed  Huffman  decoder  program  was 
  actually  _named_  `PUFF',  but  these  days  it  is  usually  packaged  with 
  the  encoder.  Oppose  {huff},  see  {inflate}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    To  decompress  data  that  has  been  crunched  by 
  {Huffman  coding}.  At  least  one  widely  distributed  Huffman 
  decoder  program  was  actually  *named*  "PUFF",  but  these  days  it 
  is  usually  packaged  with  the  encoder. 
  Opposite:  {huff}. 
  [{Jargon  File}] 

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