Definition of Billow

1. Noun. A large sea wave.

Exact synonyms: Surge
Generic synonyms: Moving Ridge, Wave
Derivative terms: Billowy, Surge, Surge



2. Verb. Rise up as if in waves. "Smoke billowed up into the sky"
Exact synonyms: Wallow
Generic synonyms: Soar, Soar Up, Soar Upwards, Surge, Zoom
Specialized synonyms: Cloud

3. Verb. Move with great difficulty. "The soldiers billowed across the muddy riverbed"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

4. Verb. Rise and move, as in waves or billows. "The army surged forward"
Exact synonyms: Heave, Surge
Generic synonyms: Blow Up, Inflate
Derivative terms: Heave, Heaving, Surge

5. Verb. Become inflated. "The sails ballooned"
Exact synonyms: Balloon, Inflate
Specialized synonyms: Reflate
Generic synonyms: Expand
Derivative terms: Inflation

Definition of Billow

1. n. A great wave or surge of the sea or other water, caused usually by violent wind.

2. v. i. To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to undulate.

Definition of Billow

1. Noun. A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of something, such as water, smoke, fabric or sound ¹

2. Verb. To surge or roll in billows ¹

3. Verb. To swell out or bulge ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Billow

1. to swell [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: swell

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Literary usage of Billow

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1. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society by Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain) (1899)
"These show a remarkably perfect type of wave or billow clouds, ... The formation of billow clouds has been explained by various persons, eg Prof. ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"See SWING, billow. undulate, vt agitate; spec, wave, crinkle, ripple, ... 1. agitation, wave, billow (chiefly spec.), rolling; spec, crispation, pulsation, ..."

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