Complete Definition of "billow"

was wotd|2006|June|2
English

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËbɪlÉÊ/ (RP)
IPA|/ËbɪloÊ/ (US)
audio|en-us-billow.ogg|Audio (US)
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɪlÉÊ|-ɪlÉÊ

Noun
en-noun
#A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of water, smoke or sound

Quotations
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1800s=18??|
1900s=1922

18?? â w:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, s:The Brook and the Wave|The Brook and the Wave
:And the brooklet has found the billow <br/>Though they flowed so far apart.
1922 â w:Clark Ashton Smith|Clark Ashton Smith, s:The Caravan|The Caravan
:Have the swirling sands engulfed them, on a noon of storm when the desert rose like the sea, and rolled its tawny billows on the walled gardens of the green and fragrant lands?

Translations
trans-top|large wave
Finnish: hyökyaalto
French: flot m
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German: Welle f
Panjabi: à¨à©±à¨² (chhall) f
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Verb
en-adj
#To surge or roll in billows
#To swell out or bulge

Translations
trans-top|to surge in billows
Finnish: hyökyä (of liquid), vyöryä (of a mass), tupruta (of smoke)
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German: wabern
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trans-top|to swell or bulge
Finnish: aaltoilla, kohoilla
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Category:Old Norse derivations

ang:billow
fa:billow
io:billow
ru:billow
te:billow
vi:billow
zh:billow

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