Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be in a state of motion. Used of the air or of wind.
  • intransitive v. To move along or be carried by or as if by the wind: Her hat blew away.
  • intransitive v. To expel a current of air, as from the mouth or from a bellows.
  • intransitive v. To produce a sound by expelling a current of air, as in sounding a wind instrument or a whistle.
  • intransitive v. To breathe hard; pant.
  • intransitive v. To storm: It blew all night.
  • intransitive v. To release air or gas suddenly; burst or explode: The tire blew.
  • intransitive v. To fail or break down, as from being operated under extreme or improper conditions: The furnace blew during the cold snap.
  • intransitive v. To melt or otherwise become disabled. Used of a fuse.
  • intransitive v. To spout moist air from the blowhole. Used of a whale.
  • intransitive v. Informal To boast.
  • intransitive v. Slang To go away; depart.
  • transitive v. To cause to move by means of a current of air.
  • transitive v. To expel (air) from the mouth.
  • transitive v. To cause air or gas to be expelled suddenly from: blew a tire.
  • transitive v. To drive a current of air on, in, or through: blew my hair dry after I shampooed it.
  • transitive v. To clear out or make free of obstruction by forcing air through: constantly blowing his nose in allergy season.
  • transitive v. To shape or form (glass, for example) by forcing air or gas through at the end of a pipe.
  • transitive v. Music To cause (a wind instrument) to sound.
  • transitive v. Music To sound: a bugle blowing taps.
  • transitive v. To cause to be out of breath.
  • transitive v. To allow (a winded horse) to regain its breath.
  • transitive v. To demolish by the force of an explosion: An artillery shell blew our headquarters apart.
  • transitive v. To lay or deposit eggs in. Used of certain insects.
  • transitive v. To cause to fail or break down, as by operating at extreme or improper conditions: blew the engine on the last lap.
  • transitive v. To cause (a fuse) to melt or become disabled.
  • transitive v. Slang To spend (money) freely and rashly. See Synonyms at waste.
  • transitive v. Slang To spend money freely on; treat: blew me to a sumptuous dinner.
  • transitive v. Vulgar Slang To perform fellatio on.
  • transitive v. Slang To spoil or lose through ineptitude. See Synonyms at botch.
  • transitive v. To cause (a covert intelligence operation or operative) to be revealed and thereby jeopardized: a story in the press that blew their cover; an agent who was blown by the opposition.
  • transitive v. Slang To depart (a place) in a great hurry: Let's blow this city no later than noon.
  • n. The act or an instance of blowing.
  • n. A blast of air or wind.
  • n. A storm.
  • n. Informal An act of bragging.
  • n. Slang Cocaine.
  • blow away Slang To kill by shooting, especially with a firearm.
  • blow away Slang To defeat decisively.
  • blow away Slang To affect intensely; overwhelm: That concert blew me away.
  • blow in Slang To arrive, especially when unexpected.
  • blow off To relieve or release (pressure); let off.
  • blow off Slang To choose not to attend or accompany: They wanted us to come along, but we blew them off.
  • blow out To extinguish or be extinguished by a gust of air: blow out a candle.
  • blow out To fail, as an electrical apparatus.
  • blow out To erupt in an uncontrolled manner. Used of a gas or oil well.
  • blow over To subside, wane, or pass over with little lasting effect: The storm blew over quickly. The scandal will soon blow over.
  • blow up To come into being: A storm blew up.
  • blow up To fill with air; inflate: blow up a tire.
  • blow up To enlarge (a photographic image or print).
  • blow up To explode: bombs blowing up.
  • blow up To lose one's temper.
  • idiom fuse Slang To explode with anger.
  • idiom blow hot and cold To change one's opinion often on a matter; vacillate.
  • idiom blow off steam To give vent to pent-up emotion.
  • idiom blow (one's) cool Slang To lose one's composure.
  • idiom blow (one's) mind Slang To affect with intense emotion, such as amazement, excitement, or shock.
  • idiom top Informal To lose one's temper.
  • idiom blow out of proportion To make more of than is reasonable; exaggerate.
  • idiom blow smoke To speak deceptively.
  • idiom blow smoke To brag or exaggerate.
  • n. A sudden hard stroke or hit, as with the fist or an object.
  • n. An unexpected shock or calamity.
  • n. An unexpected attack; an assault.
  • n. A mass of blossoms: peach blow.
  • n. The state of blossoming.
  • transitive v. To bloom or cause to bloom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Blue.
  • v. To produce an air current.
  • v. To propel by an air current.
  • v. To be propelled by an air current.
  • v. To create or shape by blowing; as in to blow bubbles, to blow glass.
  • v. To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument.
  • v. To make a sound as the result of being blown.
  • v. To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which it has taken in while feeding.
  • v. To explode.
  • v. To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed.
  • v. To cause sudden destruction of.
  • v. To suddenly fail destructively.
  • v. To be very undesirable (see also suck).
  • v. To recklessly squander.
  • v. To fellate.
  • v. To leave.
  • v. To make flyblown, to defile, especially with fly eggs.
  • n. A strong wind.
  • n. A chance to catch one’s breath.
  • n. Cocaine.
  • n. Cannabis.
  • n. Heroin.
  • n. The act of striking or hitting.
  • n. An unfortunate occurrence.
  • v. To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.
  • n. A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
  • n. A display of anything brilliant or bright.
  • n. A bloom, state of flowering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To flower; to blossom; to bloom.
  • transitive v. To cause to blossom; to put forth (blossoms or flowers).
  • n. A blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of blossoms.
  • n. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword.
  • n. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
  • n. The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss (esp. when sudden); a buffet.
  • intransitive v. To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power.
  • intransitive v. To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.
  • intransitive v. To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
  • intransitive v. To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.
  • intransitive v. To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.
  • intransitive v. To be carried or moved by the wind.
  • intransitive v. To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To deflate by sudden loss of air; usually used with out; -- of inflatable tires.
  • transitive v. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means.
  • transitive v. To drive by a current air; to impel.
  • transitive v. To cause air to pass through by the action of the mouth, or otherwise; to cause to sound, as a wind instrument.
  • transitive v. To clear of contents by forcing air through.
  • transitive v. To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb.
  • transitive v. To spread by report; to publish; to disclose; to reveal, intentionally or inadvertently.
  • transitive v. To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air.
  • transitive v. To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
  • transitive v. To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue.
  • transitive v. To deposit eggs or larvæ upon, or in (meat, etc.).
  • transitive v. To perform an act of fellatio on; to stimulate another's penis with one's mouth; -- usually considered vulgar.
  • transitive v. to smoke (e. g. marijuana).
  • transitive v. to botch; to bungle.
  • transitive v. to leave; to depart from.
  • transitive v. to squander.
  • n. A blowing, esp., a violent blowing of the wind; a gale.
  • n. The act of forcing air from the mouth, or through or from some instrument.
  • n. The spouting of a whale.
  • n. A single heat or operation of the Bessemer converter.
  • n. An egg, or a larva, deposited by a fly on or in flesh, or the act of depositing it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce a current of air, as with the mouth, a bellows, etc.
  • To constitute or form a current of air, as the wind.
  • To make a blowing sound; whistle.
  • To pant; puff; breathe hard or quickly.
  • To give out sound by being blown, as a horn or trumpet.
  • To spout as a whale.
  • To explode, as gunpowder or dynamite; be torn to pieces by an explosion: with up: as, the magazine blew up.
  • To boast; brag.
  • In founding, to throw masses of fluid metal from the mold, as a casting, when, insufficient vent having been provided, the gases and steam are unable to pass off quietly.
  • To arise, come into existence, or increase in intensity: said of the wind, a storm, etc.
  • To throw or drive a current of air upon; fan: as, to blow the fire.
  • To drive or impel by means of a current of air: as, the tempest blew the ship ashore.
  • To force air into or through, in order— To clear of obstructing matter, as the nose.
  • To cause to sound, as a wind-instrument.
  • To form by inflation; inflate; swell by injecting air into: as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass.
  • To empty (an egg) of its contents by blowing air or water into the shell.
  • To put out of breath by fatigue: as, to blow a horse by hard riding.
  • To inflate, as with pride; puff up.
  • To spread by report, as if “on the wings of the wind.”
  • To drive away, scatter, or shatter by firearms or explosives: now always with modifying words (up, away, to pieces, etc.): as, to blow the walls up or to pieces with cannon or gunpowder; but formerly sometimes used absolutely.
  • To deposit eggs in; cause to putrefy and swarm with maggots; make fly-blown: said of flies.
  • To destroy by firearms: as, to blow out, one's brains; to blow an enemy's ship out of the water.
  • To inflate; puff up: as, to blow up one with flattery.
  • To fan or kindle: as, to blow up a contention.
  • To burst in pieces by explosion: as, to blow up a ship by setting fire to the magazine. Figuratively, to scatter or bring to naught suddenly: as, to blow up a scheme.
  • To scold; abuse; find fault with.
  • To raise or produce by blowing.
  • To turn informer against: as, to blow upon an accomplice.
  • n. A blowing; a blast; hence, a gale of wind: as, there came a blow from the northeast.
  • n. The breathing or spouting of a whale.
  • n. In metallurgy: The time during which a blast is continued.
  • n. That portion of time occupied by a certain stage of a metallurgical process in which the blast is used.
  • n. An egg deposited by a fly on flesh or other substance; a flyblow.
  • To blossom or put forth flowers, as a plant; open out, as a flower: as, a new-blown rose.
  • Figuratively, to flourish; bloom; become perfected.
  • To make to blow or blossom; cause to produce, as flowers or blossoms.
  • n. Blossoms in general; a mass or bed of blossoms: as, the blow is good this season.
  • n. The state or condition of blossoming or flowering; hence, the highest state or perfection of anything; bloom: as, a tree in full blow.
  • n. A stroke with the hand or fist or a weapon; a thump; a bang; a thwack; a knock; hence, an act of hostility: as, to give one a blow; to strike a blow.
  • n. A sudden shock or calamity; mischief or damage suddenly inflicted: as, the conflagration was a severe blow to the prosperity of the town.
  • In the tobacco industry, to sprinkle lightly with water before sweating: a disapproved practice.
  • n. Boastfulness; blowing: as, mere blow.
  • n. In billiards, a stroke in which the player, losing confidence, not simply lifts his shoulder, but also throws his whole body at the ball in essaying a ‘draw’ or ‘spread.’

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. allow to regain its breath
  • v. sound by having air expelled through a tube
  • v. lay eggs
  • v. be in motion due to some air or water current
  • n. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  • v. cause to be revealed and jeopardized
  • v. cause to move by means of an air current
  • v. make a sound as if blown
  • n. street names for cocaine
  • v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
  • v. melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
  • n. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
  • v. shape by blowing
  • v. spend thoughtlessly; throw away
  • n. a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  • v. free of obstruction by blowing air through
  • n. an impact (as from a collision)
  • n. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
  • v. spend lavishly or wastefully on
  • v. spout moist air from the blowhole
  • v. exhale hard
  • v. leave; informal or rude
  • n. a strong current of air
  • v. show off
  • v. cause air to go in, on, or through
  • v. provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
  • v. burst suddenly

Etymologies

Middle English blowen, from Old English blāwan; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English blaw.
From Middle English blowen, to bloom, from Old English blōwan; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English blo, bloo, from Old English blāw ("blue"), from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz (“blue, dark blue, grey, black”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlēw- (“yellow, blond, grey”). Cognate with Latin flavus ("yellow"). More at blue. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English blowen, from Old English blāwan ("to blow, breathe, inflate, sound"), from Proto-Germanic *blēanan (“to blow”) (compare German blähen), from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- 'to swell, blow up' (compare Latin flare 'to blow', Armenian bełun 'fertile', Albanian plas ("to blow, explode")). (Wiktionary)
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. (Wiktionary)
Middle English blowen, from Old English blōwan, from Proto-Germanic *blōanan (compare Dutch bloeien, German blühen), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- 'to thrive, bloom' (compare Latin florēre 'to bloom'). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hydraulic riveting has demonstrated not only that the work could be as well done without a blow, but that it could be _better done without a blow_, and that the riveted material was stronger when so secured than when subjected to the more severe treatment under impact.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891

  • A blow upon the eye will cause you to "see stars"; a similar _blow_ upon the ear will cause you to _hear_ an explosive sound.

    Applied Psychology: Making Your Own World Being the Second of a Series of Twelve Volumes on the Applications of Psychology to the Problems of Personal and Business Efficiency

  • I. ii.13 (259,5) [that may blow No sneaping rinds] _That may blow_ is a

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • I. i.8 (4,4) [blow, till thou burst thy wind, if room enough] Perhaps it might be read, -- _blow till thou burst, wind, if room enough_.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • ARDEN: Blow-back really is the phenomenon where the gun is very close to or touching the target and the gasses cause the material to be blown around, and in fact, backward onto the against, hence the term blow-back.

    CNN Transcript Feb 14, 2006

  • "The last guy who makes the blow is always the one who gets suspended."

    USATODAY.com - Kings lose Peeler for Game 7

  • One of the other things that I ` m thinking about is the connection between the victim and the gun may also be a biological one, where you can have what they call blow-back, where blood or tissue from the victim may end up inside the barrel of the gun or on the muzzle of the gun.

    CNN Transcript Feb 9, 2006

  • Last Sunday I counselled my people that this blow is the end of human slavery in this Republic, perhaps in the world; and that an aristocracy which had committed the last crime of assassinating its truest friends, can have no more hope of life in any world ruled by

    The Nation's Sacrifice

  • Jack, who came from New York every week, would have liked what he called a blow-out, but the recent death of the Colonel and Amy's mourning precluded that, and only a very few were bidden to the ceremony, which took place in the drawing-room of the Crompton House, instead of the church.

    The Cromptons

  • Both in a moral and a military point of view the blow is a terrible one for the South, and may materially injure the chances of General Beauregard.

    London, Saturday, May 17

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    November 29, 2012

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    — Stevie Wonder introducing Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet solo on the album cut of "Do I Do"

    February 22, 2011

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    November 3, 2008


  • Sweet and low, sweet and low,
    Wind of the western sea!
    Low, low, breathe and blow,
    Wind of the western sea!
    Over the rolling waters go,
    Come from the dying moon, and blow,
    Blow him again to me;
    While my little one, while my pretty one sleeps.

    - Alfred Tennyson, 'Sweet and Low'.

    November 1, 2008