blow

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1blow

verb \ˈblō\
blew \ˈblü\ blown \ˈblōn\ blow·ing

Definition of BLOW

intransitive verb
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>
2
:  to send forth a current of air or other gas <don't blow on your soup>
3
a :  to make a sound by or as if by blowing
b of a wind instrument :  sound
4
a :  boast
b :  to talk windily
5
a :  pant, gasp <the horse blew heavily>
b of a cetacean :  to eject moisture-laden air from the lungs through the blowhole
6
:  to move or be carried by or as if by wind <just blew into town>
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
transitive verb
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>
2
a :  to play or sound on (a wind instrument)
b :  to play (as a note) on a wind instrument
3
a :  to spread by report
b past participle blowed \ˈblōd\ :  damn <blow the expense>
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>
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>
6
of insects :  to deposit eggs or larvae on or in
7
:  to shatter, burst, or destroy by explosion <blow the safe open>
8
a :  to put out of breath with exertion
b :  to let (as a horse) pause to catch the breath
9
a :  to expend (as money) extravagantly
b :  to treat with unusual expenditure <I'll blow you to a steak>
10
:  to cause (a fuse) to blow
11
:  to rupture by too much pressure <blow a seal>
12
a :  botch 1 <blew her lines>
b :  to fail to keep or hold <they blew a big lead>
13
:  to leave hurriedly <blew town>
14
:  to propel with great force or speed <blew a fastball by the batter>
blow a gasket
:  to become enraged
blow hot and cold
:  to be favorable at one moment and adverse the next
blow off steam
:  to release pent-up emotions
blow one's cool
:  to lose one's composure
blow one's cover
:  to reveal one's real identity
blow one's mind
:  to overwhelm one with wonder or bafflement
blow one's top or blow one's stack
1
:  to become violently angry
2
:  to go crazy
blow smoke
:  to speak idly, misleadingly, or boastfully
blow the whistle
:  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

2blow

noun

Definition of BLOW

1
:  a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent
2
:  brag, boasting
3
:  an act or instance of blowing
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
slang :  cocaine

First Known Use of BLOW

1651

3blow

verb
blew \ˈblü\ blown \ˈblōn\ blow·ing

Definition of BLOW

intransitive verb
:  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

4blow

noun

Definition of BLOW

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

First Known Use of BLOW

1710

5blow

noun

Definition of BLOW

1
:  a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body or with an instrument
2
:  a hostile act or state :  combat <come to blows>
3
:  a forcible or sudden act or effort :  assault
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

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