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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of billow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swelled like a billow.


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  • Dresses billowed from the bust, ruched at the hip and dipped dizzily above and below the knee — all in wonderful silks, satins and taffetas.

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  • Smoke billowed from the fatal wound a rocketeer had scored in its armor.

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  • Via ABCNEWS: BELGRADE (Reuters) - Smoke billowed from the American embassy in Belgrade after scores of protesters broke into the building on Thursday, cheered on by crowds outside, in a protest at U.S. support for Kosovo's independence ....

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  • From the top one of the ridges such as billowed like swells of the sea that gray-green, treeless plain, Morgan looked back.

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  • "billowed" in -- which seems to be the word to express it -- he came with such a rush and tide of life.

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  • Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Smoke billowed from the U.N. office after protesters attacked the compound.

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  • Fire, smoke, and chunks of concrete billowed out from the villa's walls.

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  • A pillar of black smoke from a burning heap of tires ignited by the bombardment billowed over the port, and nearby the charred shells of some 250 brand new cars, all torched in the shelling, smoldered.

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  • Love billowed through him, but he didn't know if it was a cat's love or a brother's love.


  • Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press People ran for cover as dust billowed when a helicopter carrying Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani took off after an election rally in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, Saturday.

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