bellowing


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bel·low

 (bĕl′ō)
v. bel·lowed, bel·low·ing, bel·lows
v.intr.
1. To make the deep roaring sound characteristic of a bull.
2. To shout in a deep voice.
v.tr.
To utter in a loud, powerful voice. See Synonyms at yell.
n.
1. The roar of a large animal, such as a bull.
2. A very loud utterance or other sound.

[Middle English belwen, perhaps from Old English belgan, to be enraged, and bylgan, to bellow.]

bel′low·er n.

Bellowing

 bullfinches collectively.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bellowing - a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)bellowing - a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal); "his bellow filled the hallway"
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell, call - a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
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As the animal approached the two, bellowing and pawing the ground with the strength of many earthly bulls, another door directly beneath us was opened, and from it issued the most terrific roar that ever had fallen upon my outraged ears.
The Judge left the Court, looking deeply disgusted: But the Snark, though a little aghast, As the lawyer to whom the defense was entrusted, Went bellowing on to the last.
Two terrible lions had fastened on a bellowing bull that was with the foremost cows, and bellow as he might they haled him, while the dogs and men gave chase: the lions tore through the bull's thick hide and were gorging on his blood and bowels, but the herdsmen were afraid to do anything, and only hounded on their dogs; the dogs dared not fasten on the lions but stood by barking and keeping out of harm's way.