Definition of blow
(Entry 1 of 5)
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.
2 : to send forth a current of air or other gas Don't blow on your soup.
3a : to make a sound by or as if by blowing hear the train blow
b of a wind instrument : sound entry 2 a horn blowing waiting for the whistle to blow
4a : boast blowing about his accomplishments
b : to talk in an empty or boastful way … if it wasn't true, and he was just blowing, it wouldn't be so hard to take.— James Jones
b of a cetacean : to eject moisture-laden air from the lungs through the blowhole heard a whale blow nearby
6 : to move or be carried by or as if by wind just blew into town for the weekend
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 outblew out a tire
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.
2a : to play or sound on (a wind instrument) blow their horns
b : to play (something) on a wind instrument blow a tune
3a : to spread by report … through the court his courtesy was blown …— John Dryden
b past participle blowed\ ˈblōd \ : damn blow the expense
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
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
6 of insects : to deposit eggs or larvae on or in wounds blown by flies
7 : to shatter, burst, or destroy by explosion blow the safe open
8a : to put out of breath with exertion Take care not to blow the horses.
b : to let (an animal, such as a horse) pause to catch the breath paused to blow the horses
9a : to expend (something, such as money) extravagantly blew her allowance on a pair of jeans
b : to treat with unusual expenditure I'll blow you to a steak.
10 : to cause (a fuse) to blow blew a fuse
11 : to rupture by too much pressure blow a seal
12a : botch sense 1 actors blowing their lines
b : to fail to keep or hold They blew a big lead.
c : to lose or miss (an opportunity) because of mistakes or poor judgment blow a chance to make a good impression
13 : to leave hurriedly blew town
14 : to propel with great force or speed blew a fastball by the batter
15 US, informal : to drive or speed through or past (a traffic signal or stop sign) without stopping He blew several red lights and stop signs before smashing into a pole and a fence, cops said.— Jessica Simeone et al.
blow a gasket
: to become enraged
blow hot and cold
slang : vomit sense 1 The basement is the sort of dim, subterranean space the players don't seem to mind trashing, and every now and then, one of them will turn to a corner and urinate or blow chunks.— Jonathon Blum
blow off steam
: to be favorable at one moment and adverse the next
blow one's cool
: to release pent-up emotions
blow one's cover
: to lose one's composure
blow one's mind
: to reveal one's real identity
blow one's top or blow one's stack
: to overwhelm one with wonder or bafflement an idea that's sure to blow your mind
1 : to become violently angry
2 : to go crazy
blow the whistle
: to speak idly, misleadingly, or boastfully
: to call public or official attention to something (such as a wrongdoing) kept secret —usually used with onblew the whistle on the firm's unethical practices
Definition of blow (Entry 2 of 5)
1 : an instance of air moving with speed or force : a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent
3 : an act or instance of blowing (see blow entry 1) gave his nose a good blow a blow of the horn
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
Definition of blow (Entry 3 of 5)
Definition of blow (Entry 5 of 5)
1 : a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body (such as the fist) or with an instrument a mighty blow with his club boxers exchanging blows
2 : a hostile act or state : combat nations coming to blows
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 : an unfortunate or calamitous happening failure to land the job came as a blow
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