Billow Definition

bĭlō
billowed, billowing, billows
noun
billows
A large wave or swell of water.
American Heritage
A large wave; great swell of water.
Webster's New World
A great swell, surge, or undulating mass, as of smoke or sound.
American Heritage
Any large swelling mass or surge, as of smoke, sound, etc.
Webster's New World

A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of something, such as water, smoke, fabric or sound.

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verb
billowing
To surge, swell, or rise like or in a billow.
Webster's New World
To make billow or surge.
Webster's New World
To cause to billow.
Wind that billowed the sails.
American Heritage
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.
YourDictionary

To surge or roll in billows.

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Other Word Forms of Billow

Noun

Singular:
billow
Plural:
billows

Origin of Billow

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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