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blow

play
verb \ˈblō\

Definition of blow

blew

play \ˈblü\;

blown

play \ˈblōn\;

blowing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a 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. 3a :  to make a sound by or as if by blowing hear the train blowb of a wind instrument :  sound a horn blowing waiting for the whistle to blow

  5. 4a :  boast blowing about his accomplishmentsb :  to talk windily

  6. 5a :  pant, gasp The horse blew heavily.b of a cetacean :  to eject moisture-laden air from the lungs through the blowhole heard a whale blow nearby

  7. 6 :  to move or be carried by or as if by wind just blew into town for the weekend

  8. 7a :  erupt, explode The bridge was about to blow. The windows blew out in the explosion.b :  to become damaged or destroyed as a result of an electrical overload The fuse blew. A Western Massachusetts Electric Company power substation blew yesterday afternoon, cutting power for 90 minutes to more than 9,100 customers … — Patrick Johnsonc of a tire :  to release the contained air through a spontaneous rupture —usually used with out blew out a tire

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1a :  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. 2a :  to play or sound on (a wind instrument) blow their hornsb :  to play (as a note) on a wind instrument blow a tune

  12. 3a :  to spread by report … through the court his courtesy was blown … — John Drydenb past participle blowedplay \ˈblōd\ :  damn blow the expense

  13. 4a :  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 nosec :  to project (a gesture or sound made with the mouth) by blowing blew him a kiss

  14. 5a :  to distend with or as if with gas blow a balloonb :  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 wounds blown by flies

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

  17. 8a :  to put out of breath with exertion Take care not to blow the horses.b :  to let (as a horse) pause to catch the breath paused to blow the horses

  18. 9a :  to expend (as money) extravagantly blew her allowance on a pair of jeansb :  to treat with unusual expenditure I'll blow you to a steak.

  19. 10 :  to cause (a fuse) to blow blew a fuse

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

  21. 12a :  botch 1 actors blowing their linesb :  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 an idea that's sure to blow your mind

blow one's top

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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 blew the whistle on the firm's unethical practices

Origin and Etymology 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 :  an instance of air moving with speed or force :  a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent

  2. 2 :  brag, boasting

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of blowing (see 1blow) gave his nose a good blow a blow of the horn

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

  5. 5 slang :  cocaine

Origin and Etymology of blow

see 1blow


First Known Use: 1592


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blow

verb

Definition of blow

blew

play \ˈblü\;

blown

play \ˈblōn\;

blowing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  flower, bloom I know a bank where the wild thyme blows … — Shakespeare

Origin and Etymology 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


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blow

noun

Definition of blow

  1. 1 :  blossoms

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

Origin and Etymology of blow

see 3blow


First Known Use: 1710


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blow

noun

Definition of blow

  1. 1 :  a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body (as the fist) or with an instrument a mighty blow with his club boxers exchanging blows

  2. 2 :  a hostile act or state :  combat nations coming to blows

  3. 3 :  a forcible or sudden act or effort :  assault … such a language … would solve many of his … difficulties at a single blow. — Edward Sapir

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

Origin and Etymology 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


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blow

play
noun

Definition of blow for Students

  1. :  a blowing of wind :  gale


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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.


Medical Dictionary

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blow

play
transitive verb \ˈblō\

Medical Definition of blow

blew

\ˈblü\play ;

blown

\ˈblōn\play ;

blowing

  1. 1:  to free (the nose) of mucus and debris by forcible exhalation

  2. 2of blowflies and flesh flies :  to deposit eggs or larvae on or in


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blow

noun

Medical Definition of blow

  1. 1:  the act of some insects of depositing eggs or larvae; also :  a larva so deposited (as in a wound)—used chiefly of blowflies and flesh flies

  2. 2:  forcible ejection of air from the body (as in freeing the nose of mucus and debris)

  3. 3slang :  cocaine



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