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Meaning of blow by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /bləʊ/, SAMPA: /"bl@U/
      Rhymes: -əʊ
    • ( US ) IPA: /bloʊ/, SAMPA: /'bloU/

    Etymology 1

    From Old English blāwan, from Proto-Germanic *blēanan ( compare German blähen ), from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- 'to swell, blow up' ( compare Latin flare 'to blow', Armenian bełun 'fertile' ) .


    to blow ( third-person singular simple present blows present participle blowing, simple past blew or ( dialect ) blowed, past participle blown or ( dialect ) blowed )

    1. ( intransitive ) To produce an air current.
      • 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act 3, sc. 2:
        "Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!"
    2. ( transitive ) To propel by an air current .
      Blow the dust off that book and open it up .
    3. ( intransitive ) To be propelled by an air current .
      The leaves blow through the streets in the fall .
    4. ( transitive ) To create or shape by blowing; as in to blow bubbles, to blow glass .
    5. ( transitive ) To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument .
    6. ( Should we delete( + ) this redundant sense? ) ( transitive ) To play a musical instrument, such as a horn or woodwind.
    7. ( intransitive ) To make a sound as the result of being blown .
      In the harbor, the ships' horns blew .
    8. ( intransitive, of a cetacean ) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which it has taken in while feeding .
      There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow .
      There she blows! ( i.e. "I see a whale spouting!" )
    9. ( intransitive ) To explode .
      Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow!
    10. ( transitive, with "up" or with prep phrase headed by "to" ) To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed .
      The demolition squad neatly blew the old hotel up .
      The aerosol can was blown to bits .
    11. ( transitive ) To cause sudden destruction of .
      He blew the tires and the engine .
    12. ( intransitive ) To suddenly fail destructively .
      He tried to sprint, but his ligaments blew and he was barely able to walk to the finish line .
    13. ( Should we delete( + ) this redundant sense? ) ( transitive ) To destroy ( an electric component ) by passing excessive electric current through it .
      The TV shorted out and blew its fuse .
    14. ( Should we delete( + ) this redundant sense? ) ( intransitive, of an electric component ) To be destroyed by such a current .
      When I turned the lamp on, its bulb blew .
      Fuses are designed to blow in the event of a short circuit .
    15. ( intransitive, slang ) To be very undesirable ( see also suck ) .
      This blows!
    16. ( transitive, slang ) To recklessly squander .
      I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour .
      I blew $35 thou on a car .
      We blew an opportunity to get benign corporate sponsorship .
    17. ( transitive, vulgar ) To fellate .
      Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?
    18. ( transitive ) To leave .
      Let's blow this joint .
    Derived terms


    blow ( plural: blows )

    1. A strong wind .
      We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon .
    2. ( UK, informal ) A chance to catch one’s breath .
      The players were able to get a blow during the last timeout .
    3. ( uncountable, slang ) Cocaine .

    Etymology 2

    Middle English blowe, blaw, northern variant of blēwe, from Proto-Germanic *blewwanan 'to beat' ( compare Old Norse blegði 'wedge', German bläuen, Middle Dutch blouwen ). Related to block .


    blow ( plural: blows )

    1. The act of striking or hitting .
      A fabricator is used to direct a sharp blow to the surface of the stone .
      During an exchange to end round 13, Duran landed a blow to the mid-section .
    2. An unfortunate occurrence .
      A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 3

    Middle English blowen, from Old English blōwan, from Proto-Germanic *blōjanan ( compare Dutch bloeien, German blühen ), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- 'to thrive, bloom' ( compare Latin florēre 'to bloom' ) .


    to blow ( third-person singular simple present blows present participle blowing, simple past blew, past participle blown )

    1. To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.


    blow ( plural: blows )

    1. A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
    2. A display of anything brilliant or bright .
    3. A bloom, state of flowering .
      roses in full blow .
    Related terms
    • ablow


Explanation of blow by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. exhale hard

    2. blow on the soup to cool it down
    3. free of obstruction by blowing air through

    4. blow one's nose
    5. burst suddenly

    6. melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

    7. shape by blowing

    8. Blow a glass vase
    9. allow to regain its breath

    10. blow a horse
    11. show off

    12. cause to be revealed and jeopardized

    13. The double agent was blown by the other side
    14. lay eggs

    15. certain insects are said to blow
    16. leave

    17. Blow now!
    18. be in motion due to some air or water current

    19. The leaves were blowing in the wind
    20. spout moist air from the blowhole

    21. cause to move by means of an air current

    22. cause air to go in, on, or through

    23. Blow my hair dry
    24. provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation

    25. play or sound a wind instrument

    26. make a sound as if blown

    27. sound by having air expelled through a tube

    28. spend lavishly or wastefully on

    29. spend thoughtlessly

    30. make a mess of, destroy or ruin

    31. be blowing or storming

    1. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth

    2. he gave his nose a loud blow
    3. a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

    4. a blow on the head
    5. street names for cocaine

    6. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

    7. an impact ( as from a collision )

    8. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes

    9. a strong current of air

    Definition of blow by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Blow ( blō ), v. i. [imp. Blew ( blū ); p. p. Blown ( blōn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Blowing.] [OE. blowen, AS. blōwan to blossom; akin to OS. blōjan, D. bloeijen, OHG. pluojan, MHG. blüejen, G. blühen, L. florere to flourish, OIr. blath blossom. Cf. Blow to puff, Flourish.] To flower; to blossom; to bloom.

      How blows the citron grove. Milton.

    2. Blow, v. t. To cause to blossom; to put forth ( blossoms or flowers ).

      The odorous banks, that blow

      Flowers of more mingled hue. Milton.

    3. Blow, n. ( Bot. ) A blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of blossoms. “Such a blow of tulips.” Tatler.

    4. Blow, n. [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to beat, G. bläuen, Goth. bliggwan.]
      1. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword.

      Well struck ! there was blow for blow. Shak.

      2. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.

      A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp]. T. Arnold.

      3. The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss ( esp. when sudden ); a buffet.

      A most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows. Shak.

      At a blow, suddenly; at one effort; by a single vigorous act. “They lose a province at a blow.” Dryden. -- To come to blows, to engage in combat; to fight; -- said of individuals, armies, and nations.

      Syn. -- Stroke; knock; shock; misfortune.

    5. Blow, v. i. [imp. Blew ( blū ); p. p. Blown ( blōn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Blowing.] [OE. blawen, blowen, AS. blāwan to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. plājan, G. blähen, to blow up, swell, L. flare to blow, Gr. ἐκφλαίνειν to spout out, and to E. bladder, blast, inflate, etc., and perh. blow to bloom.]
      1. To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, “the wind blows”.

      Hark how it rains and blows ! Walton.

      2. To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.

      3. To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.

      Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing. Shak.

      4. To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.

      There let the pealing organ blow. Milton.

      5. To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.

      6. To be carried or moved by the wind; as, “the dust blows in from the street”.

      The grass blows from their graves to thy own. M. Arnold.

      7. To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. [Colloq.]

      You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face. Bartlett.

      8. To stop functioning due to a failure in an electrical circuit, especially on which breaks the circuit; sometimes used with out; -- used of light bulbs, electronic components, fuses; as, “the dome light in the car blew out”.

      9. To deflate by sudden loss of air; usually used with out; -- of inflatable tires.

      To blow hot and cold ( a saying derived from a fable of Æsop's ), to favor a thing at one time and treat it coldly at another; or to appear both to favor and to oppose. -- To blow off, to let steam escape through a passage provided for the purpose; as, the engine or steamer is blowing off. -- To blow out. To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapor; as, “a steam cock or valve sometimes blows out”. To talk violently or abusively. [Low] -- To blow over, to pass away without effect; to cease, or be dissipated; as, “the storm and the clouds have blown over”. -- To blow up, to be torn to pieces and thrown into the air as by an explosion of powder or gas or the expansive force of steam; to burst; to explode; as, a powder mill or steam boiler blows up. “The enemy's magazines blew up.” Tatler.

    6. Blow, v. t.
      1. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, “to blow the fire”.

      2. To drive by a current air; to impel; as, “the tempest blew the ship ashore”.

      Off at sea northeast winds blow

      Sabean odors from the spicy shore. Milton.

      3. To cause air to pass through by the action of the mouth, or otherwise; to cause to sound, as a wind instrument; as, “to blow a trumpet; to blow an organ; to blow a horn”.

      Hath she no husband

      That will take pains to blow a horn before her? Shak.

      Boy, blow the pipe until the bubble rise,

      Then cast it off to float upon the skies. Parnell.

      4. To clear of contents by forcing air through; as, “to blow an egg; to blow one's nose”.

      5. To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, “to blow up a building”.

      6. To spread by report; to publish; to disclose; to reveal, intentionally or inadvertently; as, “to blow an agent's cover”.

      Through the court his courtesy was blown. Dryden.

      His language does his knowledge blow. Whiting.

      7. To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, “to blow bubbles; to blow glass”.

      8. To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.

      Look how imagination blows him. Shak.

      9. To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, “to blow a horse”. Sir W. Scott.

      10. To deposit eggs or larvæ upon, or in ( meat, etc. ).

      To suffer

      The flesh fly blow my mouth. Shak.

      11. To perform an act of fellatio on; to stimulate another's penis with one's mouth; -- usually considered vulgar. [slang]

      12. to smoke ( e. g. marijuana ); “blow pot”. [colloq.]

      13. to botch; to bungle; as, “he blew his chance at a good job by showing up late for the interview”. [colloq.]

      14. to leave; to depart from; as, “to blow town”. [slang]

      15. to squander; as, “he blew his inheritance gambling”. [colloq.]

      To blow great guns, to blow furiously and with roaring blasts; -- said of the wind at sea or along the coast. -- To blow off, to empty ( a boiler ) of water through the blow-off pipe, while under steam pressure; also, to eject ( steam, water, sediment, etc. ) from a boiler. -- To blow one's own trumpet, to vaunt one's own exploits, or sound one's own praises. -- To blow out, to extinguish by a current of air, as a candle. -- To blow up. To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder or bubble. To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to puff up; as, “to blow one up with flattery”. “Blown up with high conceits engendering pride.” Milton. To excite; as, “to blow up a contention”. To burst, to raise into the air, or to scatter, by an explosion; as, “to blow up a fort”. To scold violently; as, to blow up a person for some offense. [Colloq.]

      I have blown him up well -- nobody can say I wink at what he does. G. Eliot.

      -- To blow upon. To blast; to taint; to bring into discredit; to render stale, unsavory, or worthless. To inform against. [Colloq.]

      How far the very custom of hearing anything spouted withers and blows upon a fine passage, may be seen in those speeches from [Shakespeare's] Henry V. which are current in the mouths of schoolboys. C. Lamb.

      A lady's maid whose character had been blown upon. Macaulay.

    7. Blow n.
      1. A blowing, esp., a violent blowing of the wind; a gale; as, “a heavy blow came on, and the ship put back to port”.

      2. The act of forcing air from the mouth, or through or from some instrument; as, “to give a hard blow on a whistle or horn; to give the fire a blow with the bellows”.

      3. The spouting of a whale.

      4. ( Metal. ) A single heat or operation of the Bessemer converter. Raymond.

      5. An egg, or a larva, deposited by a fly on or in flesh, or the act of depositing it. Chapman.