Billow meaning

bĭlō
Any large swelling mass or surge, as of smoke, sound, etc.
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To billow is to swell outward or to move or rise up as if caused by waves.

An example of billow is when fabric blows outward in the wind.

An example of billow is when smoke wafts upward in gentle waves.

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A large wave or swell of water.
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A great swell, surge, or undulating mass, as of smoke or sound.
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To cause to billow.

Wind that billowed the sails.

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A large wave; great swell of water.
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To surge, swell, or rise like or in a billow.
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To make billow or surge.
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To swell out or bulge.

Sheets billowing in the breeze.

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To surge or roll in billows.
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A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of something, such as water, smoke, fabric or sound.
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To surge or roll in billows.
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To swell out or bulge.
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Origin of billow

  • From Old Norse bylgja a wave bhelgh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse bylgja, from Proto-Germanic *bulgijǭ. Cognates include Danish bølge, Middle High German bulga and Low German bulge.

    From Wiktionary