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bil·low

 (bĭl′ō)
n.
1. A large wave or swell of water.
2. A great swell, surge, or undulating mass, as of smoke or sound.
v. bil·lowed, bil·low·ing, bil·lows
v.intr.
1. To surge or roll in billows.
2. To swell out or bulge: sheets billowing in the breeze.
v.tr.
To cause to billow: wind that billowed the sails.

[From Old Norse bylgja, a wave; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]

bil′low·i·ness n.
bil′low·y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.billowing - characterized by great swelling waves or surgesbillowing - characterized by great swelling waves or surges; "billowy storm clouds"; "the restless billowing sea"; "surging waves"
stormy - (especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion; "a stormy day"; "wide and stormy seas"

billowing

adjective roll, rise, rush, swell, swirl, gush, heave the billowing dust
References in classic literature ?
Little by little the scene grew plain: towering, black buildings here and there, long rows of shops and sheds, little railways branching everywhere, bare gray cinders underfoot and oceans of billowing black smoke above.
Over the Maybury arch a train, a billowing tumult of white, firelit smoke, and a long caterpillar of lighted windows, went flying south--clatter, clatter, clap, rap, and it had gone.
The billowing smoke was filled with horizontal flashes.
There was a large wooden bedstead on which was a billowing red eiderdown, and there was a large wardrobe, a round table, a very small washstand, and two stuffed chairs covered with red rep.
Now she realized that it would be but a matter of minutes ere the whole space between the north and the south would be a seething mass of billowing flames.
Above him was the light, translucent, billowing globe of shining brown oiled silk and the blazing sunlight and the great deep blue dome of the sky.
We must have covered a great many thousand square miles of territory, and yet we had seen nothing in the way of a familiar landmark, when from the heights of a mountain-range we were crossing I descried far in the distance great masses of billowing clouds.
At this hour of the day it was her custom to ride one of those small thoats that are the saddle animals of the red Martians, but the sight of the billowing clouds lured her to a new adventure.
One morning, when a windy golden sunrise was billowing over the gulf in waves of light, a certain weary stork flew over the bar of Four Winds Harbor on his way from the Land of Evening Stars.
Smoke was billowing on to the M6 affecting both directions between Junction 6 at Birmingham and Junction 5 at Castle Bromwich.
Crews arrived at the Red Lion Hotel in Dyserth to find smoke billowing from the building on Waterfall Road.
Smoke could be seen billowing across Merseyside and Chester from the Ellesmere Port site on Tuesday evening.