- The definition of a blow is a hard hit or upsetting news, or receiving upsetting information.
- An example of blow is when you are hit by a baseball in the head.
- An example of a blow is when you were expecting to go on a trip and you find out the plane has been cancelled and the hotel burned down.
- To blow is to expel air in a more forceful manner or air movement.
- An example of blow is when you use your mouth to expel air to make the candles on your birthday cake go out.
- An example of blow is when the wind comes along and causes the leaves to move in the trees.
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- to move with some force: said of the wind or a current of air
- to send forth air with or as with the mouth
- to pant; be breathless
- to make or give sound by blowing or being blown
- to exhale air and condensed moisture from the lungs in a spout through the blowhole: said of whales
- to be carried by the wind or a current of air: the paper blew away
- to be stormy
- to burst suddenly, as a tire, or melt, as a fuse: often with out
- to lay eggs: said of flies
- Informal to brag; boast
- ☆ Slang to go away; leave
- Jazz, Slang to improvise
- Slang to cease functioning, esp. by overuse: said of an engine, etc.
Origin: Middle English blowen ; from Old English blawan ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhlē-: see blast
- to cause air to come from (a bellows, blower, etc.)
- to send out (breath, tobacco smoke, etc.) from the mouth
- to force air onto, into, or through
- to drive by blowing
- to sound (a wind instrument) by blowing
- to make (a sound or signal) by blowing
- to cool, warm, dry, or soothe by blowing on or toward
- to shape or form (glass, soap bubbles, etc.) by blown air or gas
- to clean or clear by blowing through: to blow one's nose
- to cause to burst or break by an explosion
- to cause (a horse) to pant
- to lay or deposit eggs in: said of flies
- to melt (a fuse, etc.)
- Informal to spend (money) freely or wastefully; squander
- Informal to treat (to something)
- ☆ Informal to forget or fluff (one's lines) in a show
- ☆ Slang to go away from; leave: he blew town
- ☆ Slang to bungle and fail in: we had our chance and blew it
- blowedSlang to damn: used in euphemistic oaths
- Slang to inhale (cocaine, marijuana, etc.)
- Slang to reveal or disclose, esp. so as to compromise: they blew our cover
- Slang, Vulgar to perform fellatio on
- Slang to cause (an engine, transmission, etc.) to cease functioning, esp. by overuse
- the act of blowing
- a blast of air
- the blast of air forced through molten metal to remove impurities
- the time or stage in metal refining in which the blast of air is forced through molten metal
- the amount of metal that is refined during this time
- a strong wind; gale
- a boast
- Slang cocaine
- a hard hit or stroke with the fist, a weapon, etc.
- a sudden attack or forcible effort
- any sudden calamity or misfortune; shock
Origin: Middle English blowe, akin to German bleuen, Gothic bliggwan, to strike
Origin: Middle English blowen ; from Old English blowan; akin to German blühen: for Indo-European base see bloom
- a mass of blossoms
- the state of flowering
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verb blew blew , blown blown , blow·ing, blows verb, intransitive
- To be in a state of motion. Used of the air or of wind.
- To move along or be carried by or as if by the wind: Her hat blew away.
- To expel a current of air, as from the mouth or from a bellows.
- To produce a sound by expelling a current of air, as in sounding a wind instrument or a whistle.
- To breathe hard; pant.
- To storm: It blew all night.
- To release air or gas suddenly; burst or explode: The tire blew.
- a. To fail or break down, as from being operated under extreme or improper conditions: The furnace blew during the cold snap.b. To melt or otherwise become disabled. Used of a fuse.
- To spout moist air from the blowhole. Used of a whale.
- Informal To boast.
- Slang To go away; depart.
- To cause to move by means of a current of air.
- To expel (air) from the mouth.
- To cause air or gas to be expelled suddenly from: blew a tire.
- To drive a current of air on, in, or through: blew my hair dry after I shampooed it.
- To clear out or make free of obstruction by forcing air through: constantly blowing his nose in allergy season.
- To shape or form (glass, for example) by forcing air or gas through at the end of a pipe.
- Music a. To cause (a wind instrument) to sound.b. To sound: a bugle blowing taps.
- a. To cause to be out of breath.b. To allow (a winded horse) to regain its breath.
- To demolish by the force of an explosion: An artillery shell blew our headquarters apart.
- To lay or deposit eggs in. Used of certain insects.
- a. To cause to fail or break down, as by operating at extreme or improper conditions: blew the engine on the last lap.b. To cause (a fuse) to melt or become disabled.
- Slang a. To spend (money) freely and rashly. See Synonyms at waste.b. To spend money freely on; treat: blew me to a sumptuous dinner.
- Vulgar Slang To perform fellatio on.
- a. Slang To spoil or lose through ineptitude. See Synonyms at botch.b. To cause (a covert intelligence operation or operative) to be revealed and thereby jeopardized: a story in the press that blew their cover; an agent who was blown by the opposition.
- Slang To depart (a place) in a great hurry: Let's blow this city no later than noon.
- The act or an instance of blowing.
- a. A blast of air or wind.b. A storm.
- Informal An act of bragging.
- Slang Cocaine.
Origin: Middle English blowen, from Old English blāwan; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
- A sudden hard stroke or hit, as with the fist or an object.
- An unexpected shock or calamity.
- An unexpected attack; an assault.
Origin: Middle English blaw.
- A mass of blossoms: peach blow.
- The state of blossoming.
Origin: From Middle English blowen, to bloom, from Old English blōwan; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
blow - Computer Definition
To write code or data into a PROM chip by blowing the fuses of the 0 bits. The 1 bits are left alone.
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blow - Phrases/Idioms
blow someone awaySlang
- to kill by shooting
- to overcome with emotion, surprise, etc.
blow hot and cold
Etymology: orig. with reference to the scent in hunting
blow someone's mindâ
- to let steam or hot water out from (a boiler)
- Informal to give vent to one's feelings, as by loud or long talking
- â Slang to ignore, disregard, or reject
- to put out (a fire or flame) by blowing
- to be put out in this way
- to dispel (itself) after a time: said of a storm
- to move away, as rain clouds
- to pass over or by; be forgotten
- to fill with or as with air or gas
- to burst or explode
- to arise and become more intense, as a storm
- to enlarge (a photograph)
- to exaggerate (an incident, rumor, etc.)
- Informal to lose one's temper or poise
at a (or one) blow
come to blows
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blow hot and cold
blow off steam
blow (one's) cool
blow (one's) mind
blow out of proportion
- To speak deceptively.
- To brag or exaggerate.