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blow

Definitions

  • The north wind doth blow
    The north wind doth blow
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blow exhale hard "blow on the soup to cool it down"
    • v blow free of obstruction by blowing air through "blow one's nose"
    • v blow burst suddenly "The tire blew","We blew a tire"
    • v blow melt, break, or become otherwise unusable "The lightbulbs blew out","The fuse blew"
    • v blow shape by blowing "Blow a glass vase"
    • v blow allow to regain its breath "blow a horse"
    • v blow show off
    • v blow cause to be revealed and jeopardized "The story blew their cover","The double agent was blown by the other side"
    • v blow lay eggs "certain insects are said to blow"
    • v blow leave; informal or rude "shove off!","The children shoved along","Blow now!"
    • v blow be in motion due to some air or water current "The leaves were blowing in the wind","the boat drifted on the lake","The sailboat was adrift on the open sea","the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"
    • v blow spout moist air from the blowhole "The whales blew"
    • v blow cause to move by means of an air current "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
    • v blow cause air to go in, on, or through "Blow my hair dry"
    • v blow provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
    • v blow play or sound a wind instrument "She blew the horn"
    • v blow make a sound as if blown "The whistle blew"
    • v blow sound by having air expelled through a tube "The trumpets blew"
    • v blow spend lavishly or wastefully on "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
    • v blow spend thoughtlessly; throw away "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends","You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
    • v blow make a mess of, destroy or ruin "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out","the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
    • v blow be blowing or storming "The wind blew from the West"
    • n blow forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth "he gave his nose a loud blow","he blew out all the candles with a single puff"
    • n blow a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon "a blow on the head"
    • n blow street names for cocaine
    • n blow an unpleasant or disappointing surprise "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"
    • n blow an impact (as from a collision) "the bump threw him off the bicycle"
    • n blow an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
    • n blow a strong current of air "the tree was bent almost double by the gust"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Blowing glass at Jamestown in 1608. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Blowing glass at Jamestown in 1608. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
"Blow Up the Trumpet in the New Moon." "Blow Up the Trumpet in the New Moon."
It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good
The Knock-down Blow The Knock-down Blow
Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict
Wagging her head and stopping every minute to cough, sneeze and blow her nose Wagging her head and stopping every minute to cough, sneeze and blow her nose
Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks
ANOTHER BLOW FOR THE COALITION ANOTHER BLOW FOR THE COALITION

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.
    • n Blow (Bot) A blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of blossoms. "Such a blow of tulips."
    • Blow A blowing, esp., a violent blowing of the wind; a gale; as, a heavy blow came on, and the ship put back to port.
    • Blow A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword. "Well struck ! there was blow for blow ."
    • Blow (Metal) A single heat or operation of the Bessemer converter.
    • Blow A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault. "A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp]."
    • Blow An egg, or a larva, deposited by a fly on or in flesh, or the act of depositing it.
    • Blow The act of forcing air from the mouth, or through or from some instrument; as, to give a hard blow on a whistle or horn; to give the fire a blow with the bellows.
    • Blow The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss (esp. when sudden); a buffet. "A most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows ."
    • Blow The spouting of a whale.
    • Blow To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street. "The grass blows from their graves to thy own."
    • Blow to botch; to bungle; as, he blew his chance at a good job by showing up late for the interview.
    • Blow To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff. "Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing ."
    • Blow To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up down open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a building.
    • Blow To cause air to pass through by the action of the mouth, or otherwise; to cause to sound, as a wind instrument; as, to blow a trumpet; to blow an organ; to blow a horn. "Hath she no husband
      That will take pains to blow a horn before her?"
      "Boy, blow the pipe until the bubble rise,
      Then cast it off to float upon the skies."
    • v. t Blow To cause to blossom; to put forth (blossoms or flowers). "The odorous banks, that blow Flowers of more mingled hue."
    • Blow To clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose.
    • Blow To deflate by sudden loss of air; usually used with out; -- of inflatable tires.
    • Blow To deposit eggs or larvæ upon, or in (meat, etc.). "To suffer
      The flesh fly blow my mouth."
    • Blow To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore. "Off at sea northeast winds blow Sabean odors from the spicy shore."
    • v. i Blow blō To flower; to blossom; to bloom. "How blows the citron grove."
    • Blow To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire.
    • Blow To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass.
    • Blow To inflate, as with pride; to puff up. "Look how imagination blows him."
    • Blow to leave; to depart from; as, to blow town.
    • Blow To perform an act of fellatio on; to stimulate another's penis with one's mouth; -- usually considered vulgar.
    • Blow To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows . "Hark how it rains and blows !"
    • Blow To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, to blow a horse.
    • Blow To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.
    • Blow to smoke (e. g. marijuana); to blow pot.
    • Blow To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet. "There let the pealing organ blow ."
    • Blow To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.
    • Blow To spread by report; to publish; to disclose; to reveal, intentionally or inadvertently; as, to blow an agent's cover. "Through the court his courtesy was blown .""His language does his knowledge blow ."
    • Blow to squander; as, he blew his inheritance gambling.
    • Blow 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; as, the dome light in the car blew out.
    • Blow To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. "You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Due to the deforestation of the forests in North China, over one million tons of sands blows into Beijing from the Gobi desert. It sometimes causes the sky to turn yellow.
    • blow To produce a current of air, as with the mouth, a bellows, etc.
    • blow To constitute or form a current of air, as the wind.
    • blow To make a blowing sound; whistle.
    • blow To pant; puff; breathe hard or quickly.
    • blow To give out sound by being blown, as a horn or trumpet.
    • blow To spout as a whale.
    • blow To explode, as gunpowder or dynamite; be torn to pieces by an explosion: with up: as, the magazine blew up.
    • blow To boast; brag.
    • blow 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.
    • blow To arise, come into existence, or increase in intensity: said of the wind, a storm, etc.
    • blow To throw or drive a current of air upon; fan: as, to blow the fire.
    • blow To drive or impel by means of a current of air: as, the tempest blew the ship ashore.
    • blow To force air into or through, in order— To clear of obstructing matter, as the nose.
    • blow To cause to sound, as a wind-instrument.
    • blow To form by inflation; inflate; swell by injecting air into: as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass.
    • blow To empty (an egg) of its contents by blowing air or water into the shell.
    • blow To put out of breath by fatigue: as, to blow a horse by hard riding.
    • blow To inflate, as with pride; puff up.
    • blow To spread by report, as if “on the wings of the wind.”
    • blow 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.
    • blow To deposit eggs in; cause to putrefy and swarm with maggots; make fly-blown: said of flies.
    • blow To destroy by firearms: as, to blow out, one's brains; to blow an enemy's ship out of the water.
    • blow To inflate; puff up: as, to blow up one with flattery.
    • blow To fan or kindle: as, to blow up a contention.
    • blow 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.
    • blow To scold; abuse; find fault with.
    • blow To raise or produce by blowing.
    • blow To turn informer against: as, to blow upon an accomplice.
    • n blow A blowing; a blast; hence, a gale of wind: as, there came a blow from the northeast.
    • n blow The breathing or spouting of a whale.
    • n blow In metallurgy: The time during which a blast is continued.
    • n blow That portion of time occupied by a certain stage of a metallurgical process in which the blast is used. Thus, the operation of converting cast-iron into steel by the Bessemer process is often spoken of as “the blow,” and this first portion is sometimes called the “Bessemer blow” or the blow proper, the second stage being denominated the “boil,” and the third the “fining.”
    • n blow An egg deposited by a fly on flesh or other substance; a flyblow.
    • blow To blossom or put forth flowers, as a plant; open out, as a flower: as, a new-blown rose.
    • blow Figuratively, to flourish; bloom; become perfected.
    • blow To make to blow or blossom; cause to produce, as flowers or blossoms.
    • n blow Blossoms in general; a mass or bed of blossoms: as, the blow is good this season.
    • n blow The state or condition of blossoming or flowering; hence, the highest state or perfection of anything; bloom: as, a tree in full blow.
    • n blow 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 blow A sudden shock or calamity; mischief or damage suddenly inflicted: as, the conflagration was a severe blow to the prosperity of the town.
    • blow In the tobacco industry, to sprinkle lightly with water before sweating: a disapproved practice.
    • n blow Boastfulness; blowing: as, mere blow.
    • n blow 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.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
    • n Blow blō a stroke or knock: a sudden misfortune or calamity
    • v.i Blow blō to bloom or blossom
    • pr.p Blow blōw′ing; pa.p. blōwn
    • v.i Blow blō to produce a current of air: to move, as air or the wind
    • v.t Blow to drive air upon or into: to drive by a current of air, as 'to blow away, down,' &c.: to sound, as a wind-instrument: to breathe hard or with difficulty: to spout, as whales:
    • v.t Blow (prov.) to boast: to spread by report: to fan or kindle:—pa.t. blew (blōō); pa.p. blown (blōn)
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Quotations

  • Norman Vincent Peale
    Norman%20Vincent%20Peale
    “Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
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    “Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.”
  • Michel De Saint-Pierre
    Michel De Saint-Pierre
    “An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?”
  • Harold Macmillan
    Harold%20Macmillan
    “The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.”
  • Ivan Turgenev
    Ivan Turgenev
    “Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do.”

Idioms

Blow a fuse - If you blow a fuse, you become uncontrollably angry.
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Blow a gasket - If you blow a gasket, you get very angry.
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Blow by blow - A blow-by-blow description gives every detail in sequence.
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Blow hot and cold - If you blow hot and cold on an idea, your attitude and opinion keeps changing; one minute you are for it, the next you are against.
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Blow me down - People say '(well,) blow me down' when you have just told them something surprising, shocking or unexpected. ('Blow me down with a feather' is also used.)
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Blow off steam - (USA) If you blow off steam, you express your anger or frustration.
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Blow out of the water - If something, like an idea, is blown out of the water, it is destroyed or defeated comprehensively.
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Blow smoke - (USA) If people blow smoke, they exaggerate or say things that are not true, usually to make themselves look better.
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Blow the cobwebs away - If you blow the cobwebs away, you make sweeping changes to something to bring fresh views and ideas in.
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Blow the whistle - If somebody blows the whistle on a plan, they report it to the authorities.
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Blow your mind - Something that will blow your mind is something extraordinary that will amaze you beyond explanation.
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Blow your own horn - If you blow your own horn, you boast about your achievements and abilities. ('Blow your own trumpet' is an alternative form.)
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Blow your own trumpet - If someone blows their own trumpet, they boast about their talents and achievements. ('Blow your own horn' is an alternative form.)
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Blow your stack - If you blow your stack, you lose your temper.
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Blow your top - If someone blows their top, they lose their temper.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blawen, blowen, AS. blāwan, to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. plājan, G. blähen, to blow up, swell, L. flare, to blow, Gr. 'ekflai`nein to spout out, and to E. bladder, blast, inflate, etc., and perh. blow, to bloom

Usage

In literature:

But as he sank into the concealment of the bushes he felt a blow upon the side of his head.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Those which blow constantly at certain seasons of the year, as monsoon, trade, and etesian winds.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
But now it was blowing a regular hurricane and no mistake.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
She nimbly evaded the blow.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The morning of the day of battle dawned clear, with a brisk north-east wind blowing.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Wun I blow 'pon me ho'n dun you blow 'pon you' ho'n fer answer me; me blow, you blow, dun we bote blow.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Starting up furiously, Percy aimed a blow at the crow.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
They struck hard blows with their stone axes, which the animals learned to fear.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Knowing that flight was impossible, the lad feinted, and aimed a blow with his left straight for the doctor's chin.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Corrigan paid little heed to the blows; he shook them off, grunting.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I gave him a good blow on the head with my sword, and a few good blows from the back.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
It blows out the matches, it blows out the candles, it blows out the gas lights.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Blow after blow fell.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
The children held them to their mouths, and tried to blow away the whole coronal with one puff of the breath.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Mukna was ordered to receive ten blows for the disobedience, and ten blows more for the attempted murder.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
From behind the gray curtain came the sound of heavy blows, muttered imprecations, groans.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
It is difficult to say whether the violence of the first blow or of the recoil was the greater.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Daoud brought the saif down, and the knight raised his shield to fend off the blow.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Robin guessed wisely that the mortal blow had been given by one of those two traitors in Will's own camp.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Lady Webling took the blow without reeling.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

High cold blow
sun is low
brief his day
seas give spray.
"Season Song" by Anonymous Irish
Said Nancy's skeleton
Just say No
Said the Rasta skeleton
Blow Nancy Blow
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Into the moonlight,
Whiter than snow,
Waving so flower-like
When the winds blow!
"The Fountain" by James Russell Lowell
But in Thy chastising
Is joy and peace.
O Master and Love,
Let Thy blows not cease.
"Amor Mysticus" by John Hay
Who knows
Where my sight goes,
What your sight shows—-
Where the peachtree blows?
"Where My Sight Goes" by Yvor Winters
Soon I’ll return to thee
Hopeful and brave,
When the dead leaves
Blow over thy grave.
"True Love" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal

In news:

'Biscuits' chant returns as UNC blows out Hofstra.
Not JUST a Cheap Shot -But a Low Blow AND a Fact.
A Staten Island woman who allegedly shot at her neighbors in August because their child tossed chalk near her chicken coop has been arrested again — this time for threatening to blow up their.
The show will not end with any big deaths or buildings blowing up, according to show creator Steven Bochco.
Enlarge Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesBrandon Marshall trade winds are blowing late into the night.
China's Recent Web Clampdown a Blow to Human Rights.
ARLINGTON – Giants linebacker Michael Boley has dealt the Cowboys what could be a season-ending blow.
Another blow for Madoff victims.
Nearly two years since the arrest of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, hundreds of his victims are in for another nasty blow.
It was a weekend, in fact, that probably blows pretty much everyone else's out of the water.
Valverde blows series- clincher vs A's.
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas screamed in agony as US border agents rained blows on him and delivered 50,000 volts of electricity to his body over and over.
The FIA is to close off a loophole in Formula 1's new engine mapping regulations as part of a fresh clampdown on exhaust blowing.
Ruling to keep ' closed primary ' system deals blow to Fenty campaign.
Final utility MACT rule a blow to coalfield communities.
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In science:

That is, M is obtained by blowing up along Z1, followed by the proper transform of Z2, followed by the proper transform of Z3, etc.
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
It would be very interesting to compute it, for instance, in case f is the inverse of a blow-up along a submanifold.
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
If ˜f : X → P1 is a regular map with rational fibres then X can be blown down to a Hirzebruch surface, S, so that ˜f is given by the composition of the sequence of blow-downs X → S with the natural map S → P1 ; see for details.
Rational polynomials of simple type
In order to get a divisor at infinity we must blow up P1 × P1, say m times, and include some of the resulting exceptional curves in the collection so that this new collection gives a divisor D whose complement is C2 .
Rational polynomials of simple type
The first property follows from the fact that each blow-up increases the rank of second homology by 1.
Rational polynomials of simple type
If π is not a morphism then we blow up X to get a morphism.
Rational polynomials of simple type
By Lemma 3.1 (iii), D must reduce to a Morrow configuration by a sequence of blow-downs.
Rational polynomials of simple type
Thus D must contain a −1 curve E that blows down.
Rational polynomials of simple type
We blow up at a point on L∞ precisely when at least two horizontal curves meet in a common point there.
Rational polynomials of simple type
In general, if a horizontal curve meets L∞ with a high degree of tangency then we blow up repeatedly there.
Rational polynomials of simple type
Note that since we blow up P1 × P1 to get the polynomial map, two configurations of curves C, C ′ in P1 × P1 related by a Cremona transformation give rise to the same polynomial, so we are done.
Rational polynomials of simple type
Also, label the exceptional divisor obtained by blowing up the triple point Pi by Ei and its proper transform by ˜Ei .
Rational polynomials of simple type
In each of the configurations of Figure 3 we can perform a Cremona transformation by blowing up P∞ and Pi for i = 1 or 2 and then blowing down ˜L∞ and the proper transform of the (0, 1) vertical curve that contains Pi .
Rational polynomials of simple type
Thus if we blow down ˜H1 the remaining branch beyond ˜L∞ consists of curves with self-intersection strictly less than −1.
Rational polynomials of simple type
Thus, we require those blow-ups to satisfy the condition that the exceptional curve will break the cycle if removed.
Rational polynomials of simple type
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