Definitions

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.

Etymologies

From over- +‎ blow (“to flower, bloom”). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English overblowen, equivalent to over- +‎ blow. (Wiktionary)

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  • A by-product of mold blowing; the overblow is the portion of the parison that remains outside the mold. Also called moil.

    November 9, 2007