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blow

play
verb \ˈblō\

Definition of blow

blew play \ˈblü\ blown play \ˈblōn\ blowing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a of air (1) :  to be in motion <a breeze blew gently> (2) :  to move with speed or force <the wind was blowing> b :  to move or run quickly <the linebacker blew past the tackle>

  3. 2 :  to send forth a current of air or other gas <don't blow on your soup>

  4. 3 a :  to make a sound by or as if by blowing b of a wind instrument :  sound

  5. 4 a :  boast b :  to talk windily

  6. 5 a :  pant, gasp <the horse blew heavily> b of a cetacean :  to eject moisture-laden air from the lungs through the blowhole

  7. 6 :  to move or be carried by or as if by wind <just blew into town>

  8. 7 a :  erupt, explode b of an electric fuse :  to melt when overloaded —often used with out c of a tire :  to release the contained air through a spontaneous rupture —usually used with out

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 a :  to set (gas or vapor) in motion <the fan blew hot air on us> b :  to act on with a current of gas or vapor <the breeze blew my hair dry>

  11. 2 a :  to play or sound on (a wind instrument) b :  to play (as a note) on a wind instrument

  12. 3 a :  to spread by report b past participle blowed play \ˈblōd\ :  damn <blow the expense>

  13. 4 a :  to drive with a current of gas or vapor <the storm blew the boat off course> b :  to clear of contents by forcible passage of a current of air <blow your nose> c :  to project (a gesture or sound made with the mouth) by blowing <blew him a kiss>

  14. 5 a :  to distend with or as if with gas b :  to produce or shape by the action of blown or injected air <blowing bubbles>

  15. 6 of insects :  to deposit eggs or larvae on or in

  16. 7 :  to shatter, burst, or destroy by explosion <blow the safe open>

  17. 8 a :  to put out of breath with exertion b :  to let (as a horse) pause to catch the breath

  18. 9 a :  to expend (as money) extravagantly b :  to treat with unusual expenditure <I'll blow you to a steak>

  19. 10 :  to cause (a fuse) to blow

  20. 11 :  to rupture by too much pressure <blow a seal>

  21. 12 a :  botch 1 <blew her lines> b :  to fail to keep or hold <they blew a big lead>

  22. 13 :  to leave hurriedly <blew town>

  23. 14 :  to propel with great force or speed <blew a fastball by the batter>

blow a gasket
  1. :  to become enraged

blow hot and cold
  1. :  to be favorable at one moment and adverse the next

blow off steam
  1. :  to release pent-up emotions

blow one's cool
  1. :  to lose one's composure

blow one's cover
  1. :  to reveal one's real identity

blow one's mind
  1. :  to overwhelm one with wonder or bafflement

blow one's top or blow one's stack
  1. 1 :  to become violently angry

  2. 2 :  to go crazy

blow smoke
  1. :  to speak idly, misleadingly, or boastfully

blow the whistle
  1. :  to call public or official attention to something (as a wrongdoing) kept secret —usually used with on



Origin of blow

Middle English, from Old English blāwan; akin to Old High German blāen to blow, Latin flare, Greek phallos penis


First Known Use: before 12th century


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blow

noun

Definition of blow

  1. 1 :  a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent

  2. 2 :  brag, boasting

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of blowing

  4. 4 a :  the time during which air is forced through molten metal to refine it b :  the quantity of metal refined during that time

  5. 5 slang :  cocaine



1651

First Known Use of blow

1651


3

blow

verb

Definition of blow

blew play \ˈblü\ blown play \ˈblōn\ blowing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  flower, bloom



Origin of blow

Middle English, from Old English blōwan; akin to Old High German bluoen to bloom, Latin florēre to bloom, flor-, flos flower


First Known Use: before 12th century


4

blow

noun

Definition of blow

  1. 1 :  blossoms

  2. 2 :  2bloom 1b <lilacs in full blow>



1710

First Known Use of blow

1710


5

blow

noun

Definition of blow

  1. 1 :  a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body or with an instrument

  2. 2 :  a hostile act or state :  combat <come to blows>

  3. 3 :  a forcible or sudden act or effort :  assault

  4. 4 :  an unfortunate or calamitous happening <failure to land the job came as a blow>



Origin of blow

Middle English (northern dialect) blaw; probably akin to Old High German bliuwan to beat


First Known Use: 15th century



BLOW Defined for Kids

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blow

play
verb \ˈblō\

Definition of blow for Students

blew \ˈblü\blown \ˈblōn\blowing

  1. 1 :  to move or be moved usually with speed and force <Wind is blowing from the north.> <The door blew shut.>

  2. 2 :  to move in or with the wind <Dust blew through the cracks.>

  3. 3 :  to send forth a strong stream of air from the mouth or from a bellows <If you are cold, blow on your hands.>

  4. 4 :  to make a sound or cause to sound by blowing <The whistle blows loudly.> <Blow your horn.>

  5. 5 :  to clear by forcing air through <Blow your nose.>

  6. 6 :  to shape by forcing air into <The workers showed how they blow glass.>

  7. 7 :  to enter or leave very quickly <She blew into the room.>

  8. 8 :  to fail in performing or keeping <The actor blew his lines.> <The team blew a big lead.>

blower \ˈblō-ər\ noun
blow over
  1. :  to pass without effect <His anger will blow over.>

blow up
  1. 1 :  explode 1

  2. 2 :  to fill with a gas <blow up a balloon>




2

blow

play
noun

Definition of blow for Students

  1. :  a blowing of wind :  gale




3

blow

play
noun

Definition of blow for Students

  1. 1 :  a hard hit with a part of the body or an object <a hammer's blow> <a blow to the head>

  2. 2 :  a sudden happening that causes suffering or loss <The dog's death was a severe blow.>





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