overblow

verb

Definition of overblow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dissipate by or as if by wind :  blow away

  3. 2 :  to cover (as with snow) by blowing or being blown

  4. 3 :  to blow (a pipe or other wind instrument) so vigorously as to evoke undesirable overtones that sometimes completely mask the fundamental tone

  5. 4 :  to continue to blow in a converter after the impurities have been removed (as carbon from iron or sulfur from copper) completely or below a proper percentage

  6. 5a :  distend, swell whom stout and high living have much overblow — Donagh MacDonagh b :  to puff up to inflated proportions :  give a false pathos or bombastic or flamboyant quality to would have been easy to overblow the story — C. W. Morton

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 of the wind, archaic :  to blow too hard to allow light sails (as topsails) to be carried

  9. 2 :  to force wind into a wind musical instrument in such a way as to change its pitch typically producing an overtone instead of its fundamental tone

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Origin and Etymology of overblow

Middle English overblowen, from 1over + blowen to blow


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