I plunged into the oncoming billows, as a strong swimmer dives into breakers, and struck, alas, 'tis true, the bedpost!
I felt the great billows rock and sink.
I stood in the middle of the church, where the vibrations from the great organ were strongest, and I felt the mighty waves of sound beat against me, as the great billows beat against a little ship at sea.
Reclus with the appearance of "a stormy sea breaking into parallel billows" (Universal Geography, ed.
Penzler, Graf Billows Reden nebst urkundlichen Beitrcigen zu seiner Politik (Leipzig, 1903).