What does blow mean?
Definitions for blow
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word blow.
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
"a blow on the head"
an impact (as from a collision)
"the bump threw him off the bicycle"
reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eyenoun
an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
"it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"
gust, blast, blownoun
a strong current of air
"the tree was bent almost double by the gust"
coke, blow, nose candy, snow, Cnoun
street names for cocaine
forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
"he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff"
"blow on the soup to cool it down"
be blowing or storming
"The wind blew from the West"
free of obstruction by blowing air through
"blow one's nose"
float, drift, be adrift, blowverb
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"
make a sound as if blown
"The whistle blew"
shape by blowing
"Blow a glass vase"
botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, 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 upverb
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"
waste, blow, squanderverb
spend thoughtlessly; throw away
"He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
spend lavishly or wastefully on
"He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
sound by having air expelled through a tube
"The trumpets blew"
play or sound a wind instrument
"She blew the horn"
fellate, suck, blow, go down onverb
provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
cause air to go in, on, or through
"Blow my hair dry"
cause to move by means of an air current
"The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
spout moist air from the blowhole
"The whales blew"
shove off, shove along, blowverb
leave; informal or rude
"shove off!"; "The children shoved along"; "Blow now!"
"certain insects are said to blow"
cause to be revealed and jeopardized
"The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"
boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, blow, bluster, vaunt, gasconadeverb
allow to regain its breath
"blow a horse"
blow out, burn out, blowverb
melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
"The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew"
"The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: blowe, Dutch.
A most poor man, made tame to fortune’s blows,
Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,
Am pregnant to good pity. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
A woman’s tongue,
That gives not half so great a blow to th’ ear,
As will a chesnut. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.
Words of great contempt, commonly finding a return of equal scorn, blows were fastened upon the most pragmatical of the crew. Edward Hyde.
Assuage your thirst of blood, and strike the blow. Dryd.
Every year they gain a victory, and a town; but if they are once defeated, they lose a province at a blow. Dryden.
I much fear, left with the blows of flies,
His brass inflicted wounds are fill’d. George Chapman, Iliads.
Though you unty the winds,
Though bladed corn be lodg’d, and trees blown down,
Though castles topple on their warders heads. Macbeth.
Fair daughter, blow away those mists and clouds,
And let thy eyes shine forth in their full lustre. John Denham.
These primitive heirs of the christian church, could not so easily blow off the doctrine of passive obedience. South.
I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire. Isaiah, liv. 16.
No blown ambition doth our arms incite,
But love, dear love, and our ag’d father’s right. King Lear.
Spherical bubbles, that boys sometimes blow with water, to which soap hath given a tenacity. Boyle.
Where the bright seraphim, in burning row,
Their loud uplifted angel trumpets blow. John Milton.
When isicles hang by the wall,
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail. William Shakespeare, L. Lab. Lost.
But never was there man of his degree,
So much esteem’d, so well belov’d as he:
So gentle of condition was he known,
That through the court his courtesy was blown. Dryden.
Your breath first kindled the dead coal of war,
And brought in matter, that should feed this fire:
And now ’tis far too huge to be blown out,
With that same weak wind which enkindled it. William Shakespeare, K. John.
Moon, slip behind some cloud, some tempest, rise,
And blow out all the stars that light the skies. Dryden.
A plague of sighing and grief! it blows a man up like a bladder. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.
Blown up with the conceit of his merit, he did not think he had received good measure from the king. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.
Before we had exhausted the receiver, the bladder appeared as full as if blown up with a quill. Boyle.
It was my breath that blew this tempest up,
Upon your stubborn usage of the pope. William Shakespeare, K. John.
His presence soon blows up the unkindly fight,
And his loud guns speak thick like angry men. Dryden.
An empty bladder gravitates no more than when blown up, but somewhat less; yet descends more easily, because with less resistance. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmologia Sacra, b. ii. c. 6.
When the mind finds herself very much inflamed with devotion, she is too much inclined to think that it is blown up with something divine within herself. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 201.
The captains hoping, by a mine, to gain the city, approached with soldiers ready to enter upon blowing up of the mine. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.
Their chief blown up in air, not waves, expir’d,
To which his pride presum’d to give the law. Dryden.
Not far from the said well, blowing up a rock, he formerly observed some of these. John Woodward, on Fossils.
I would no more endure
This wooden slavery, than I would suffer
The flesh-fly blow my mouth. William Shakespeare, Tempest.
Rather at Nilus’ mud
Lay me stark naked, and let the water flies
Blow me into abhorring. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.
I am wonderfully pleased, when I meet with any passage in an old Greek or Latin author, that is not blown upon, and which I have never met with in any quotation. Addison.
He will whisper an intrigue that is not yet blown upon by common fame. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 105.
pret. blew; particip. pass. blown.
Etymology: blowan, Saxon.
At his sight the mountains are shaken, and at his will the south wind bloweth. Ecclus, xliii. 16.
Fruits, for long keeping, gather before they are full ripe, and in a dry day, towards noon, and when the wind bloweth not south; and when the moon is in decrease. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.
By the fragrant winds that blow.
O’er th’ Elysian flow’rs. Alexander Pope, St. Cæcilia.
It blew a terrible tempest at sea once, and there was one seaman praying. Roger L'Estrange.
If it blows a happy gale, we must set up all our sails, though it sometimes happens, that our natural heat is more powerful than our care and correctness. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
Here’s Mrs. Page at the door, sweating and blowing, and looking wildly. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
Each aking nerve refuse the lance to throw,
And each spent courser at the chariot blow. Alexander Pope, Iliad.
Says the satyr, if you have gotten a trick of blowing hot and cold out of the same mouth, I’ve e’en done with ye. Roger L'Estrange.
Nor with less dread the loud
Ethereal trumpet from on high ’gan blow. Par. Lost, b. vi.
There let the prating organ blow,
To the full-voic’d quire below. John Milton.
When ye blow and alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward. Numb. x. 5.
Storms, though they blow over divers times, yet may fall at last. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 16.
When the storm is blown over,
How blest is the swain,
Who begins to discover
An end of his pain. George Granville.
But those clouds being now happily blown over, and our sun clearly shining out again, I have recovered the relapse. John Denham.
On the next day, some of the enemy’s magazines blew up; and it is thought they were destroyed on purpose by some of their men. Tatler, №. 59.
To bloom; to blossom.
Etymology: blowan, Saxon.
We lose the prime to mark how spring
Our tended plants, how blows the citron grove,
What drops the myrrh, and what the balmy reed. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v. l. 22.
This royal fair
Shall, when the blossom of her beauty’s blown,
See her great brother on the British throne. Edmund Waller.
Fair is the kingcup that in meadow blows,
Fair is the daisy that beside her grows. John Gay, Pastorals.
For thee Idume’s spicy forests blow,
And seeds of gold in Ophir’s mountains glow. Alexander Pope.
to flower; to blossom; to bloom
to cause to blossom; to put forth (blossoms or flowers)
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
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
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.)
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
Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American cocaine smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All for the screenplay. It is based on the real life stories of George Jung, Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder Rivas, and the Medellín Cartel. The film's title comes from a slang term for cocaine.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
blō, n. a stroke or knock: a sudden misfortune or calamity.—At a blow, by a single action, suddenly; To come to blows, To exchange blows, to come to hostilities; Without striking a blow, without a struggle. [A.S. bléowan is doubtful, cog. with Dut. blouwen, to dress (beat) flax, Ger. blāuen, to beat hard. The noun appears in the 15th century without evidence of parentage.]
blō, v.i. to bloom or blossom:—pr.p. blōw′ing; pa.p. blōwn. [A.S. blówan; Ger. blühen. See Bloom, Blossom.]
blō, v.i. to produce a current of air: to move, as air or the wind.—v.t. 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: (prov.) to boast: to spread by report: to fan or kindle:—pa.t. blew (blōō); pa.p. blown (blōn).—ns. Blow′-ball, the downy head of a dandelion in seed; Blow′er, a metal plate put upon the upper part of a fireplace, so as to increase the draught through the fire: a machine for driving a blast of air, as into a furnace; Blow′-fly, or Flesh-fly, an insect of the order Diptera, and of the large family Muscidæ, to which the common house-fly and blue-bottle belong.—p.adj. Blown, out of breath, tired: swelled: stale, worthless.—n. Blow′pipe, a pipe through which a current of air is blown on a flame, to increase its heat: a kind of weapon much used by some of the Indian tribes of South America both in hunting and war, consisting of a long straight tube in which a small poisoned arrow is placed, and forcibly expelled by the breath.—adj. Blow′y.—To blow hot and cold, to be favourable and unfavourable by turns, to be irresolute; To blow off (steam, &c.), to allow to escape, to escape forcibly; To blow one's own trumpet, to sound one's own praises; To blow over, to pass away, to subside, as a danger or a scandal; To blow up, to shatter or destroy by explosion: to scold; To blow upon, to take the bloom, freshness, or the interest off anything, to bring into discredit: to inform upon. [A.S. bláwan; Ger. blähen, blasen; L. flare.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Applied to the breathing of whales and other cetaceans. The expired air from the lungs being highly charged with moisture, which condenses at the temperature of the atmosphere, appears like a column of steam.
A gale of wind.
To smoke. Shorty wanna ride wit me (ride wit me) we can get low Hop into the Chevy fo' do', blow dro -- Young Buck (Shorty Wanna Ride)
To suck dick. So fu** y'all, all of y'all; if y'all don't like me, blow me! -- Dr. Dre featuring Eminem (Forgot About Dre)
To shoot or kill. I pack a 9 milli cause that's my best friend. Niggas, I done told ya blow 'em up like dohja -- Geto Boys featuring DMG, Caine, Yukmouth (Dawn 2 Dusk)
To inhale a powdered substance through a tube (straw or rolled up dollar bill) with your nose
Cocaine. Wallstreet niggas, they cop me on the low. White boys don't call me coke, they call me blow -- Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and 50 Cent (8 Mile)
To force mucus out of (one's nose).
I kept blowing my nose several times when I had a cold.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blow is ranked #9100 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Blow surname appeared 3,590 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Blow.
54.2% or 1,946 total occurrences were White.
40.3% or 1,447 total occurrences were Black.
2.7% or 97 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2% or 73 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.5% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.
0.2% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'blow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4555
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'blow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2596
Rank popularity for the word 'blow' in Nouns Frequency: #1612
Rank popularity for the word 'blow' in Verbs Frequency: #400
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The numerical value of blow in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of blow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of blow in a Sentence
It's helping tremendously with her self-esteem and confidence, just last night for the first time she was able to blow dry her hair by herself.
When word-mongering and showboating becomes too maddening, everything may blow up in the face and the mirror will not waver to bite back. ( "The day the mirror was talking back" )
I'm proud to partner with Senators Marsha Blackburn and Amy Klobuchar in this breakthrough blow against Big Tech bullying. This bipartisan bill will help break these tech giants' ironclad grip, open the app economy to new competitors, and give mobile users more control over their own devices.
Over the last decade they never compromised on the software side. That's why they'll blow everybody out of the water once they start take iOS and Android more seriously than they do now, the successes of Pokemon Go will open the eyes of executives in Kyoto. This is unprecedented.
This is a mid- to long-term issue that is not going to blow over in a year, more and more companies are beginning to take that perspective.
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Translations for blow
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- веяць, дзьмуць, дуцьBelarusian
- взривявам се, духам, удар, експлодирам, веяBulgarian
- llepar, bufarCatalan, Valencian
- foukat, vát, vanoutCzech
- blæse, pusteDanish
- blasen, Rückschlag, pusten, gehen, fortblasen, wehen, wegpusten, hochgehen, hinfortblasen, wegblasen, Böe, Schlag, explodierenGerman
- bato, frapoEsperanto
- arruinar, soplar, largar, golpe, mamar, cagar, reventar, chupar, apestar, irSpanish
- ساک زدنPersian
- puhaltaa, lennähtää, hengähdystauko, takaisku, palaa, rikkoutua, häipyä, törsätä, lennellä, särkeä, räjäyttää, [[olla]] [[syvä, ottaa suihin, puhuri, isku, polttaa, soida, tuhlata, rikkoa, soittaa, räjähtää, särkyä, suihkuttaa, lentää, loisto, kukkaloisto, kukintaFinnish
- coup, voiles, flamber, souffler, chier, sucer, sauter, tirer, nul, exploser, se casser, jouer, claquer, pipeFrench
- bualadh, sèid, beum, builleScottish Gaelic
- התפוצץ, ניפחHebrew
- fúj, csapásHungarian
- հարված, պայթել, ծծել, փչելArmenian
- ventata, botta, soffiare, folata, colpoItalian
- 爆発, 吹くJapanese
- 터지다, 불다, 날리다, 불리다, 그만두다, 아양떨다, 제기랄, 뿜다Korean
- үйлөө, шамалдуу жел, күшүлдөө, жел чыгаруу, шишүү, айдоо, сокку, шамал үйлөөсү, желпилдетүү, көбүү, шамал соккусу, желбиретүү, желдөө, бышылдоо, желаргы сокку, шишип кетүү, айдап кийирүүKyrgyz
- flo, suffloLatin
- pipiha, pūawhe, taraweteMāori
- пуши, дува, здив, удар, се распрснува, се вее, виор, дудлаMacedonian
- tiup, hembusMalay
- waaien, tegenslag, slag, doorjagen, springen, blazen, ontploffen, spuiten, pijpenDutch
- slagNorwegian Nynorsk
- obciągać loda, robić loda, wiać, dmuchać, obciągać chuja, zdmuchnąć, dąć, obciągać fiuta, lizać pałęPolish
- desgraça, assoprar, vazar, [[ser]] [[ruim]]/[[uma]] [[porcaria]], [[uma]] [[merda]], explodir, chupar, soprar, estourar, [[ser]] [[soprado]], ventania, golpe, sairPortuguese
- wayray, phukuyQuechua
- sofflar, sufflar, boffar, bufar, cuolp, zuflar, frida, zufler, freida, buffarRomansh
- umfla, sufla, suflare, fluiera, furtună, lovitură, șuiera, cânta la un instrument, fi purtat, răsuflareRomanian
- взрываться, веять, дунуть, сосать, выдувать, сдувать, продувать, взлетать на воздух, сморкаться, удар, сдуть, сморкнуться, взлететь на воздух, взорваться, повеять, подуть, передышка, отсосать, выдуть, дуть, продутьRussian
- пушити, duvati, дувати, духати, pušiti, duhatiSerbo-Croatian
- duť, vanúť, fúkaťSlovak
- suga av, blåsaSwedish
- esmek, üflemekTurkish
- віяти, дутиUkrainian
- tẽn tò, nổ, thổi, bỏ đi, xài phí, thẹn thò, phù phù, bay, thẹn, thở, tẽn, phù, chuồn, phun nước, phung phíVietnamese
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