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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 blow>b of a wind instrument :  sound <a horn blowing> <waiting for the whistle to blow>

  5. 4a :  boast <blowing about his accomplishments>b :  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 Johnson>c 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 horns>b :  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 Dryden>b 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 nose>c :  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 balloon>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 <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 jeans>b :  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 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 <an idea that's sure to blow your mind>

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 <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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