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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blow \Blow\, v. i. [imp. Blew (bl[=u]); p. p. Blown (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Blowing.] [OE. blawen, blowen, AS. bl[=a]wan to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. pl[=a]jan, G. bl[aum]hen, 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.] 1. To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows. [1913 Webster] Hark how it rains and blows ! --Walton. [1913 Webster] 2. To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows. [1913 Webster] 3. To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff. [1913 Webster] Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet. [1913 Webster] There let the pealing organ blow. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale. [1913 Webster] 6. To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street. [1913 Webster] The grass blows from their graves to thy own. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] 7. To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face. --Bartlett. [1913 Webster] 8. 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. [PJC] 9. To deflate by sudden loss of air; usually used with out; -- of inflatable tires. [PJC] To blow hot and cold (a saying derived from a fable of [AE]sop's), to favor a thing at one time and treat it coldly at another; or to appear both to favor and to oppose. To blow off, to let steam escape through a passage provided for the purpose; as, the engine or steamer is blowing off. To blow out. (a) To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapor; as, a steam cock or valve sometimes blows out. (b) To talk violently or abusively. [Low] To blow over, to pass away without effect; to cease, or be dissipated; as, the storm and the clouds have blown over. To blow up, to be torn to pieces and thrown into the air as by an explosion of powder or gas or the expansive force of steam; to burst; to explode; as, a powder mill or steam boiler blows up. "The enemy's magazines blew up." --Tatler. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blow \Blow\, v. t. 1. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire. [1913 Webster] 2. To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore. [1913 Webster] Off at sea northeast winds blow Sabean odors from the spicy shore. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] Hath she no husband That will take pains to blow a horn before her? --Shak. [1913 Webster] Boy, blow the pipe until the bubble rise, Then cast it off to float upon the skies. --Parnell. [1913 Webster] 4. To clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose. [1913 Webster] 5. To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a building. [1913 Webster] 6. To spread by report; to publish; to disclose; to reveal, intentionally or inadvertently; as, to blow an agent's cover. [1913 Webster] Through the court his courtesy was blown. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] His language does his knowledge blow. --Whiting. [1913 Webster] 7. To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass. [1913 Webster] 8. To inflate, as with pride; to puff up. [1913 Webster] Look how imagination blows him. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 9. To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, to blow a horse. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 10. To deposit eggs or larv[ae] upon, or in (meat, etc.). [1913 Webster] To suffer The flesh fly blow my mouth. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 11. To perform an act of fellatio on; to stimulate another's penis with one's mouth; -- usually considered vulgar. [slang] [PJC] 12. to smoke (e. g. marijuana); to blow pot. [colloq.] [PJC] 13. to botch; to bungle; as, he blew his chance at a good job by showing up late for the interview. [colloq.] [PJC] 14. to leave; to depart from; as, to blow town. [slang] [PJC] 15. to squander; as, he blew his inheritance gambling. [colloq.] [PJC] To blow great guns, to blow furiously and with roaring blasts; -- said of the wind at sea or along the coast. To blow off, to empty (a boiler) of water through the blow-off pipe, while under steam pressure; also, to eject (steam, water, sediment, etc.) from a boiler. To blow one's own trumpet, to vaunt one's own exploits, or sound one's own praises. To blow out, to extinguish by a current of air, as a candle. To blow up. (a) To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder or bubble. (b) To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to puff up; as, to blow one up with flattery. "Blown up with high conceits engendering pride." --Milton. (c) To excite; as, to blow up a contention. (d) To burst, to raise into the air, or to scatter, by an explosion; as, to blow up a fort. (e) To scold violently; as, to blow up a person for some offense. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] I have blown him up well -- nobody can say I wink at what he does. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster] To blow upon. (a) To blast; to taint; to bring into discredit; to render stale, unsavory, or worthless. (b) To inform against. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] How far the very custom of hearing anything spouted withers and blows upon a fine passage, may be seen in those speeches from [Shakespeare's] Henry V. which are current in the mouths of schoolboys. --C. Lamb. [1913 Webster] A lady's maid whose character had been blown upon. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]




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