from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To blow (a wind instrument) so as to produce an overtone instead of a fundamental tone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cover with blossoms or flowers.
- v. To blow over; pass over; pass away.
- v. To blow hard or with much violence.
- v. To blow over or across.
- v. To blow away; dissipate by or as by wind.
- v. To exaggerate the significance of something.
- v. (music) To blow a wind instrument hard to produce a higher pitch than usual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To blow over, or be subdued.
- intransitive v. To force so much wind into a pipe that it produces an overtone, or a note higher than the natural note; thus, the upper octaves of a flute are produced by overblowing.
- transitive v. To blow away; to dissipate by wind, or as by wind.
- transitive v. To ascribe an unwarranted importance to.
- transitive v. To blow into (a wind instrument) too strongly, so as to produce predominantly overtones.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To blow over; pass over; pass away.
- To blow hard or with too much violence.
- To blow over or across.
- To blow away; dissipate by or as by wind.
- To blow or play (a musical wind-instrument) with sufficient force to sound one of the harmonics of the tube instead of its fundamental tone.
- To cover with blossoms or flowers.
From over- + blow (“to flower, bloom”). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English overblowen, equivalent to over- + blow. (Wiktionary)