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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.

billow

(ˈbɪləʊ)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a large sea wave
2. a swelling or surging mass, as of smoke or sound
3. (Physical Geography) a large atmospheric wave, usually in the lee of a hill
4. (plural) poetic the sea itself
vb
to rise up, swell out, or cause to rise up or swell out
[C16: from Old Norse bylgja; related to Swedish bōlja, Danish bölg, Middle High German bulge; see bellow, belly]
ˈbillowing adj, n

bil•low

(ˈbɪl oʊ)
n.
1. a great wave or surge of the sea.
2. any surging mass: billows of smoke.
v.i.
3. to rise or roll in billows; surge.
4. to swell out, puff up, etc.
v.t.
5. to cause to billow.
[1545–55; < Old Norse bylgja wave]

billow

- The swell on the ocean produced by the wind, or on a river or estuary by the tide or wind.
See also related terms for tide.

billow


Past participle: billowed
Gerund: billowing

Imperative
billow
billow
Present
I billow
you billow
he/she/it billows
we billow
you billow
they billow
Preterite
I billowed
you billowed
he/she/it billowed
we billowed
you billowed
they billowed
Present Continuous
I am billowing
you are billowing
he/she/it is billowing
we are billowing
you are billowing
they are billowing
Present Perfect
I have billowed
you have billowed
he/she/it has billowed
we have billowed
you have billowed
they have billowed
Past Continuous
I was billowing
you were billowing
he/she/it was billowing
we were billowing
you were billowing
they were billowing
Past Perfect
I had billowed
you had billowed
he/she/it had billowed
we had billowed
you had billowed
they had billowed
Future
I will billow
you will billow
he/she/it will billow
we will billow
you will billow
they will billow
Future Perfect
I will have billowed
you will have billowed
he/she/it will have billowed
we will have billowed
you will have billowed
they will have billowed
Future Continuous
I will be billowing
you will be billowing
he/she/it will be billowing
we will be billowing
you will be billowing
they will be billowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been billowing
you have been billowing
he/she/it has been billowing
we have been billowing
you have been billowing
they have been billowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been billowing
you will have been billowing
he/she/it will have been billowing
we will have been billowing
you will have been billowing
they will have been billowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been billowing
you had been billowing
he/she/it had been billowing
we had been billowing
you had been billowing
they had been billowing
Conditional
I would billow
you would billow
he/she/it would billow
we would billow
you would billow
they would billow
Past Conditional
I would have billowed
you would have billowed
he/she/it would have billowed
we would have billowed
you would have billowed
they would have billowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.billow - a large sea wavebillow - a large sea wave      
moving ridge, wave - one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
Verb1.billow - rise up as if in wavesbillow - rise up as if in waves; "smoke billowed up into the sky"
soar, soar up, soar upwards, surge, zoom - rise rapidly; "the dollar soared against the yen"
cloud - billow up in the form of a cloud; "The smoke clouded above the houses"
2.billow - move with great difficultybillow - move with great difficulty; "The soldiers billowed across the muddy riverbed"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
3.billow - rise and move, as in waves or billowsbillow - rise and move, as in waves or billows; "The army surged forward"
inflate, blow up - fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons"
4.billow - become inflatedbillow - become inflated; "The sails ballooned"
reflate - become inflated again
expand - become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"

billow

verb
1. surge, roll, expand, swell, balloon, belly, bulge, dilate, puff up, bloat the billowing sails
2. flow, course, rush, stream, emit, run, gush, spout, spew thick plumes of smoke billowing from factory chimneys
noun
1. surge, wave, flow, rush, flood, cloud, gush, deluge, upsurge, outpouring, uprush billows of almost solid black smoke
2. wave, surge, tide, swell, roller, crest, breaker a wild sea, with immense billows breaking upon our ship
Translations
مَوْجَةٌ عارِمه
veliká vlna
bølge
hullám: nagy hullám
alda, bylgja
banguojantisdidelė bangaišsipūsti
bangaliels vilnis
veľká vlna
büyük dalga

billow

[ˈbɪləʊ]
A. Noleada f
the billows (liter) → las olas, el mar
B. VI [smoke] → salir en nubes; [sail] → ondear
billow out VI + ADVhincharse (de viento etc)

billow

[ˈbɪləʊ]
n [smoke] → nuage m
vi
[smoke] → s'élever en nuage
[sail, curtain, robes] → se gonflerbilly goat [ˈbɪligəʊt] nbouc m

billow

n
(liter, of sea) → Woge f (geh)
(fig, of dress etc) → Bauschen nt no pl; (of sail)Blähen nt no pl; (of smoke)Schwaden m
vi
(liter, sea) → wogen (geh)
(fig, sail) → sich blähen; (dress etc)sich bauschen; (smoke)in Schwaden vorüberziehen

billow

[ˈbɪləʊ]
1. n (of smoke) → nuvola; (of sail) → rigonfiamento
2. vi (smoke) → alzarsi in volute; (sail) → gonfiarsi

billow

(ˈbiləu) noun
a large wave.
ˈbillowy adjective
billow out
to move in a way similar to large waves. The sails billowed out in the strong wind; Her skirt billowed out in the breeze.
References in classic literature ?
The sea was quiet now, and swelled lazily in broad billows that melted into one another and did not break except upon the beach in little foamy crests that coiled back like slow, white serpents.
Delight is to him, whom all the waves of the billows of the seas of the boisterous mob can never shake from this sure Keel of the Ages.
First, the whales forming the margin of our lake began to crowd a little, and tumble against each other, as if lifted by half spent billows from afar; then the lake itself began faintly to heave and swell; the submarine bridal-chambers and nurseries vanished; in more and more contracting orbits the whales in the more central circles began to swim in thickening clusters.
When the foremost billows rolled past, bearing the prison officers with them, and threatening them all with instant death if any secret nook remained undisclosed, Defarge laid his strong hand on the breast of one of these men--a man with a grey head, who had a lighted torch in his hand-- separated him from the rest, and got him between himself and the wall.
When some white-headed billows thundered on, and dashed themselves to pieces before they reached the land, every fragment of the late whole seemed possessed by the full might of its wrath, rushing to be gathered to the composition of another monster.
Forthwith upright he rears from off the Pool His mighty Stature; on each hand the flames Drivn backward slope their pointing spires, & rowld In billows, leave i'th' midst a horrid Vale.
Ay, as willingly as when, in the Gulf of Lyons, I flung over my merchandise to lighten the ship, while she laboured in the tempest robed the seething billows in my choice silks perfumed their briny foam with myrrh and aloes enriched their caverns with gold and silver work
So I must have lain for hours, continually beaten to and fro upon the billows, now and again wetted with flying sprays, and never ceasing to expect death at the next plunge.
Then came another rush of sea-fog, greater than any hitherto, a mass of dank mist, which seemed to close on all things like a gray pall, and left available to men only the organ of hearing, for the roar of the tempest, and the crash of the thunder, and the booming of the mighty billows came through the damp oblivion even louder than before.
The door, as it opened, disclosed a gloomy sky, in which the moon strove vainly to struggle through a sea of clouds that covered her with billows of vapor which she illumined for an instant, only to sink into obscurity.
Here the wind blew freshly, and the great waves rolled and broke at Thistle's feet, as he stood upon the shore, watching the billows dancing and sparkling in the sun.
Why, he set off, as swift as the wind, straight down to the seashore, scampered across the sand, took an airy leap, and plunged right in among the foaming billows.