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Blow - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Blow' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Blow [ n.]
- A blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of blossoms.
- A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword.
- A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
- The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss (esp. when sudden); a buffet.
- A blowing, esp., a violent blowing of the wind; a gale; as, a heavy blow came on, and the ship put back to port.
- 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.
- The spouting of a whale.
- A single heat or operation of the Bessemer converter.
- An egg, or a larva, deposited by a fly on or in flesh, or the act of depositing it.
2 . Blow [ v. i.]
- To flower; to blossom; to bloom.
- To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows.
- To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.
- To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
- To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.
- To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.
- To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street.
- To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
3 . Blow [ v. t.]
- To cause to blossom; to put forth (blossoms or flowers).
- To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire.
- To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore.
- 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 clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose.
- To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a building.
- To spread by report; to publish; to disclose.
- To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass.
- To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
- To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, to blow a horse.
- To deposit eggs or larvae upon, or in (meat, etc.).

Meaning of 'Blow' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . blow [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
Example in sentence:
  • a blow on the head
Meaning (2):
- forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
Example in sentence:
  • he blew out all the candles with a single puff;
  • he gave his nose a loud blow
Meaning (3):
- an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
Example in sentence:
  • it came as a shock to learn that he was injured
Meaning (4):
- an impact (as from a collision)
Example in sentence:
  • the bump threw him off the bicycle
Meaning (5):
- a strong current of air
Example in sentence:
  • the tree was bent almost double by the gust
6 . blow [ v]
Meaning (6):
- shape by blowing
Example in sentence:
  • Blow a glass vase
Meaning (7):
- allow to regain its breath
Example in sentence:
  • blow a horse
Meaning (8):
- cause air to go in, on, or through
Example in sentence:
  • Blow my hair dry
Meaning (9):
- leave; informal or rude
Example in sentence:
  • Blow now!;
  • let's blow this place;
  • shove off!;
  • The children shoved along
Meaning (10):
- exhale hard
Example in sentence:
  • blow on the soup to cool it down
Meaning (11):
- free of obstruction by blowing air through
Example in sentence:
  • blow one's nose
Meaning (12):
- lay eggs
Example in sentence:
  • certain insects are said to blow;
  • This hen doesn't lay
Meaning (13):
- spend lavishly or wastefully on
Example in sentence:
  • He blew a lot of money on his new home theater
Meaning (14):
- spend thoughtlessly; throw away
Example in sentence:
  • He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends;
  • You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree
Meaning (15):
- make a mess of, destroy or ruin
Example in sentence:
  • I botched the dinner and we had to eat out;
  • the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement
Meaning (16):
- play or sound a wind instrument
Example in sentence:
  • She blew the horn
Meaning (17):
- be in motion due to some air or water current
Example in sentence:
  • the boat drifted on the lake;
  • The leaves were blowing in the wind;
  • The sailboat was adrift on the open sea;
  • the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore
Meaning (18):
- cause to be revealed and jeopardized
Example in sentence:
  • The double agent was blown by the other side;
  • The story blew their cover
Meaning (19):
- melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
Example in sentence:
  • The fuse blew;
  • The lightbulbs blew out
Meaning (20):
- burst suddenly
Example in sentence:
  • The tire blew;
  • We blew a tire
Meaning (21):
- sound by having air expelled through a tube
Example in sentence:
  • The trumpets blew
Meaning (22):
- spout moist air from the blowhole
Example in sentence:
  • The whales blew
Meaning (23):
- make a sound as if blown
Example in sentence:
  • The whistle blew
Meaning (24):
- be blowing or storming
Example in sentence:
  • The wind blew from the West
Meaning (25):
- cause to move by means of an air current
Example in sentence:
  • The wind blew the leaves around in the yard
Meaning (26):
- be inadequate or objectionable
Example in sentence:
  • this blows!;
  • this sucks!