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1billow

noun bil·low \ˈbi-(ˌ)lō\

: a moving cloud or mass of smoke, steam, etc.

: a large wave

Full Definition of BILLOW

1
:  wave; especially :  a great wave or surge of water
2
:  a rolling mass (as of flame or smoke) that resembles a high wave
bil·lowy \ˈbi-lə-wē\ adjective

Examples of BILLOW

  1. Billows of smoke poured out of the burning building.
  2. the rolling billows of the sea

Origin of BILLOW

Old Norse bylgja; akin to Old High German balg bag — more at belly
First Known Use: 1552

2billow

verb

: to move as a large cloud or mass

: to be pushed outward by air

: to rise or roll in waves

Full Definition of BILLOW

intransitive verb
1
:  to rise or roll in waves or surges
2
:  to bulge or swell out (as through action of the wind)
transitive verb
:  to cause to billow

Examples of BILLOW

  1. <the curtains in the open windows billowed in the summer wind>

First Known Use of BILLOW

1585

Rhymes with BILLOW

BILLOW Defined for Kids

1billow

noun bil·low \ˈbi-lō\

Definition of BILLOW for Kids

1
:  a large wave <… the billows rose and fell unbroken. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island>
2
:  a moving cloud or mass (as of smoke or flame)

2billow

verb
bil·lowedbil·low·ing

Definition of BILLOW for Kids

1
:  to rise or roll in large waves <the billowing ocean>
2
:  to move as a large cloud or mass <Smoke billowed from the chimney.>
3
:  to bulge or swell out <Sails billowed in the breeze.>

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