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A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of something, such as water, smoke, fabric or sound.
To surge or roll in billows.
From Old Norse bylgja, from Proto-Germanic *bulgijǭ. Cognates include Danish bølge, Middle High German bulga and Low German bulge.
From Old Norse bylgja a wave bhelgh- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
We will make a large silk cloth billow to create the effect of a sail.
His first wife, from whom he had parted since 1861, died in 1865; and in 1870 he was united to Liszt's daughter Cosima, who had previously been the wife of von Billow.
Early on the 17th the Prussians drew off northwards on three roads, Thielemann covering the withdrawal and moving via Gembloux to join hands with Billow.
It was soon discovered that this was Billow's corps marching to Wellington's assistance.
He was still determined to play the game out to the bitter end, and involve Wellington and Billow's corps in a common ruin.
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