billow wave


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  • Billow — Bil low, n. [Cf. Icel. bylgja billow, Dan. b[ o]lge, Sw. b[ o]lja; akin to MHG. bulge billow, bag, and to E. bulge. See {Bulge}.] 1. A great wave or surge of the sea or other water, caused usually by violent wind. [1913 Webster] Whom the winds… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • billow — [bil′ō] n. [ON bylgja: see BELLY] 1. a large wave; great swell of water 2. any large swelling mass or surge, as of smoke, sound, etc. vi. to surge, swell, or rise like or in a billow vt. to make billow or surge SYN. WAVE …   English World dictionary

  • billow — [n] surging mass beachcomber, breaker, crest, roller, surge, swell, tide, wave; concepts 437,514 billow [v] surge balloon, belly, bloat, bounce, bulge, ebb and flow, heave, pitch, puff up, ripple, rise and fall, rise up, rock, roll, swell, toss,… …   New thesaurus

  • wave — [n] sea surf, current bending, billow, breaker, coil, comber, convolution, corkscrew, crest, crush, curl, curlicue, drift, flood, foam, ground swell, gush, heave, influx, loop, movement, outbreak, rash, ridge, ripple, rippling, rocking, roll,… …   New thesaurus

  • wave — [wāv] vi. waved, waving [ME waven < OE wafian, akin to Ger waben, to fluctuate < IE * webh , to move to and fro, prob. identical with * webh , to WEAVE] 1. to move up and down or back and forth in a curving or undulating motion; swing, sway …   English World dictionary

  • billow — ► NOUN 1) a large undulating mass of cloud, smoke, or steam. 2) archaic a large sea wave. ► VERB 1) (of fabric) fill with air and swell outwards. 2) (of smoke, cloud, or steam) move or flow outward with an undulating motion. DERIVATIVES billowy …   English terms dictionary

  • wave — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. wag, shake, sway, flutter, stream (in the wind); signal, motion, gesture, indication; roll, undulate; ripple, swell, billow, flood, surge; flaunt, flourish. n. sea, tide, water, ripple, billow, etc.,… …   English dictionary for students

  • wave — {{11}}wave (n.) moving billow of water, 1520s, from WAVE (Cf. wave) (v.), replacing M.E. waw, which is from O.E. wagian to move to and fro (Cf. O.S., O.H.G. wag, O.Fris. weg, O.N. vagr water in motion, wave, billow, Goth. wegs tempest; see WAG… …   Etymology dictionary

  • billow — {{11}}billow (n.) 1550s, perhaps older in dialectal use, from O.N. bylgja a wave, a billow, from P.Gmc. *bulgjan (Cf. M.H.G. bulge billow, bag ), from PIE *bhelgh to swell (see BELLY (Cf. belly) (n.)). {{12}}billow (v.) 1590s, from BILLOW (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • billow — I UK [ˈbɪləʊ] / US [ˈbɪloʊ] verb [intransitive] Word forms billow : present tense I/you/we/they billow he/she/it billows present participle billowing past tense billowed past participle billowed 1) to be filled with air and swell out like a sail… …   English dictionary

  • billow — I. noun Etymology: Old Norse bylgja; akin to Old High German balg bag more at belly Date: 1552 1. wave; especially a great wave or surge of water 2. a rolling mass (as of flame or smoke) that resembles a high wave • billowy adjective II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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