from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that blows, especially a mechanical device, such as a fan, that produces a current of air.
  • noun Slang A braggart.
  • noun Chiefly British Slang A telephone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant that blows.
  • noun One who blows. Specifically— One who is employed in a blowing-house for smelting tin.
  • noun In a glass-factory, the workman who blows the melted glass into shape.
  • noun A screen or cover of metal fitted to an open fireplace in such a way that when it is placed in position access of air to the chimney is closed except from the bottom, or through the fire itself: used to promote combustion, especially when the fire is first kindled, by concentrating the draft upon the substance to be ignited.
  • noun In coal-mining, an escape, under pressure and with high velocity, of gas or firedamp from the coal.
  • noun A man employed in a mine in blasting.
  • noun A machine for forcing air into a furnace, mine, cistern, hold of a ship, public building, etc., to assist in drying, evaporating, and the like; a blowing-machine. See blowing-engine, blowing-machine.
  • noun A marine animal, as a whale, which spouts up water.
  • noun One who brags; a boaster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, blows.
  • noun (Mech.) A device for producing a current of air; as: (a) A metal plate temporarily placed before the upper part of a grate or open fire. (b) A machine for producing an artificial blast or current of air by pressure, as for increasing the draft of a furnace, ventilating a building or shaft, cleansing gram, etc.
  • noun A blowing out or excessive discharge of gas from a hole or fissure in a mine.
  • noun The whale; -- so called by seamen, from the circumstance of its spouting up a column of water.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A small fish of the Atlantic coast (Tetrodon turgidus); the puffer.
  • noun Slang A braggart, or loud talker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who blows.
  • noun Any device that blows.
  • noun slang, dated, chiefly UK Telephone.
  • noun A ducted fan, usually part of a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning system.
  • noun dated A braggart, or loud talker.
  • noun The whale; so called by seamen, from its habit of spouting up a column of water.
  • noun A small fish of the Atlantic coast, Tetrodon turgidus; the puffer.

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

  • noun a fan run by an electric motor
  • noun a device that produces a current of air
  • noun large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals


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  • Outdated British slang for the telephone, car talk for a supercharger, Irish slang for a hash dealer, a decommissioned US submarine.

    February 17, 2007

  • Would that be like "I'll give you a tinkle on the blower"? A sentence which, now that I've written it, seems oddly vulgar.

    February 17, 2007

  • So you'd be peeing on a decommissioned U.S. submarine?

    February 17, 2007

  • Dude. Isn't that illegal?


    February 17, 2007

  • How would I know? I've never peed on a decommissioned U.S. submarine. Or a hash dealer, now that you mention it.

    February 17, 2007