from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large wave or swell of water.
- n. A great swell, surge, or undulating mass, as of smoke or sound.
- intransitive v. To surge or roll in billows.
- intransitive v. To swell out or bulge: sheets billowing in the breeze.
- transitive v. To cause to billow: wind that billowed the sails.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of something, such as water, smoke, fabric or sound
- v. To surge or roll in billows
- v. To swell out or bulge
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A great wave or surge of the sea or other water, caused usually by violent wind.
- n. A great wave or flood of anything.
- intransitive v. To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to undulate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A great wave or surge of the sea, occasioned usually by a violent wind: much used in figurative applications, and often, especially in the plural, as merely equivalent to wave: as, the billows of sorrow rolled over him.
- n. Synonyms See wave.
- To swell; rise and roll in large waves or surges.
- To raise in waves or billows.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large sea wave
- v. become inflated
- v. move with great difficulty
- v. rise and move, as in waves or billows
- v. rise up as if in waves
From Old Norse bylgja, a wave; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse bylgja, from Proto-Germanic *bulgijōn. Cognates include Danish bølge, Middle High German bulga and Low German bulge. (Wiktionary)