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blow

Noun

1 a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
2 an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle" [syn: bump]
3 an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: reverse, reversal, setback, black eye]
4 an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured" [syn: shock]
5 a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust" [syn: gust, blast]
6 street names for cocaine [syn: coke, nose candy, snow, C]
7 forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff" [syn: puff]

Verb

1 exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"
2 be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"
3 free of obstruction by blowing air through; "blow one's nose"
4 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" [syn: float, drift, be adrift]
5 make a sound as if blown; "The whistle blew"
6 shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"
7 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" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]
8 spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree" [syn: waste, squander] [ant: conserve]
9 spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
10 sound by having air expelled through a tube; "The trumpets blew"
11 play or sound a wind instrument; "She blew the horn"
12 provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation [syn: fellate, go down on]
13 cause air to go in, on, or through; "Blow my hair dry"
14 cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
15 spout moist air from the blowhole; "The whales blew"
16 leave; informal or rude; "shove off!"; "The children shoved along"; "Blow now!" [syn: shove off, shove along]
17 lay eggs; "certain insects are said to blow"
18 cause to be revealed and jeopardized; "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"
20 allow to regain its breath; "blow a horse"
21 melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew" [syn: blow out, burn out]
22 burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire" [also: blown, blew]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From etyl ang blawan from from "to swell, blow up".

Pronunciation

  • /blɔʊ/, /bləʊ/
  • /'blOU/
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Verb

  1. To produce an air current
    • Quotations
    Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! -- King Lear
  2. To be propelled by an air current.
    The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.
  3. To explode
    Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow!
  4. To be very undesirable (see also suck)
    This blows!
  5. (of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater it has taken in while feeding.
    There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow.
    There she blows! (That is, "I see a whale spouting!")
  6. To propel by an air current.
    Blow the dust off that book and open it up.
  7. To squander.
    I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.
  8. To fellate.
    Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?
  9. To create or shape by blowing; as, to blow bubbles, to blow glass
  10. To play a musical instrument such as a horn or woodwind.
    "He was blowing saxophone for me." Ike Turner, interview by Terri Gross, "Fresh Air", NPR, 1996.
  11. To leave
    Let's blow this joint.

Derived terms

Translations

produce an air current
be propelled by an air current
explode
be very undesirable
(of a cetacean) exhale visibly through the spout the seawater
propel by an air current
squander
fellate
create or shape by blowing
leave
intransitive meanings

Noun

  1. The act of striking or hitting.
    A fabricator is used to direct a sharp blow to the surface of the stone.
    During an exchange to end round 13, Duran landed a blow to the mid-section.
  2. An unfortunate occurrence.
    A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.
  3. cocaine
  4. A strong wind.
    We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon.
  5. A chance to catch one’s breath.
    The players were able to get a bit of a blow during the last timeout.

Translations

act of striking or hitting
unfortunate occurrence
cocaine
See: cocaine
strong wind
chance to catch one’s breath

Extensive Definition

Blow may refer to:
In music:

See also

blow in German: Blow
blow in French: Blow

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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