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Definition of "blow" []

  • To be in a state of motion. Used of the air or of wind. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move along or be carried by or as if by the wind: Her hat blew away. (verb-intransitive)
  • To expel a current of air, as from the mouth or from a bellows. (verb-intransitive)
  • To produce a sound by expelling a current of air, as in sounding a wind instrument or a whistle. (verb-intransitive)
  • To breathe hard; pant. (verb-intransitive)
  • (of a current of air, the wind, etc) to be or cause to be in motion (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To move or be carried by or as if by wind or air (verb)
  • To expel (air, cigarette smoke, etc) through the mouth or nose (verb)
  • To force or cause (air, dust, etc) to move (into, in, over, etc) by using an instrument or by expelling breath (verb)
  • To breathe hard; pant (verb)
  • To inflate with air or the breath (verb)
  • (of wind, a storm, etc) to make a roaring or whistling sound (verb)
  • To cause (a whistle, siren, etc) to sound by forcing air into it, as a signal, or (of a whistle, etc) to sound thus (verb)
  • To force air from the lungs through (the nose) to clear out mucus or obstructing matter (verb)
  • To explode, break, or disintegrate completely (verb)
  • To burn out (a fuse, valve, etc) because of excessive current or (of a fuse, valve, etc) to burn out (verb)
  • (of a whale) to spout water or air from the lungs (verb)
  • To wind (a horse) by making it run excessively (verb)
  • To cause (a wind instrument) to sound by forcing one's breath into the mouthpiece, or (of such an instrument) to sound in this way (verb)
  • To play in a jam session (verb)
  • (of flies) to lay eggs (in) (verb)
  • To shape (glass, ornaments, etc) by forcing air or gas through the material when molten (verb)
  • To boast or brag (verb)
  • To spend (money) freely (verb)
  • To treat or entertain (verb)
  • To use (an opportunity) ineffectively (verb)
  • To go suddenly away (from) (verb)
  • To expose or betray (a person or thing meant to be kept secret) (verb)
  • To inhale (a drug) (verb)
  • To masturbate (verb)
  • The act or an instance of blowing (noun)
  • The sound produced by blowing (noun)
  • A blast of air or wind (noun)
  • A stage in the Bessemer process in which air is blasted upwards through molten pig iron (noun)
  • The quantity of metal treated in a Bessemer converter (noun)
  • A rush of air into a mine (noun)
  • The collapse of a mine roof (noun)
  • A jam session (noun)

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Use "blow" in a sentence
  • "Hydraulic riveting has demonstrated not only that the work could be as well done without a blow, but that it could be _better done without a blow_, and that the riveted material was stronger when so secured than when subjected to the more severe treatment under impact."
  • "A blow upon the eye will cause you to "see stars"; a similar _blow_ upon the ear will cause you to _hear_ an explosive sound."
  • "I. ii.13 (259,5) [that may blow No sneaping rinds] _That may blow_ is a"