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Blow appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim. (29 letters)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun blow:

gustpuffbumpcokereversalsetbackreverseblastblowsnowshock

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb blow:

blusterbunglebragfluffsquandertoutfumbleboastspoilsuckdriftfloatwasteblow

Blow is sometimes a misspelling of below, blew or blue.

The word blow is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun blow

What does blow mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: blows

  1. a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  2. an impact (as from a collision)
  3. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  4. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of blow: shock
    • more generic word: surprise = a sudden unexpected event
    • more specific word: blip = a sudden minor shock or meaningless interruption
  5. a strong current of air
  6. street names for cocaine
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of blow: C / coke / nose candy / snow
    • more generic words: cocain / cocaine = a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure
  7. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
    • example: he gave his nose a loud blow
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of blow: puff
    • more generic terms: breathing out / exhalation / expiration = the act of expelling air from the lungs
    • more specific word: insufflation = an act of blowing or breathing on or into something

Alternative definition of the noun blow

noun

  1. A strong wind.
  2. [UK, informal] A chance to catch one’s breath.
  3. [uncountable, US, slang] Cocaine.
  4. [uncountable, UK, slang] Cannabis.
  5. The act of striking or hitting.
  6. An unfortunate occurrence.
  7. A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
  8. A display of anything brilliant or bright.
  9. A bloom, state of flowering.

Definition of the verb blow

What does blow mean as a doing word?

Blow is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
blewblownblowingblows

  1. exhale hard
  2. be blowing or storming
  3. free of obstruction by blowing air through
  4. be in motion due to some air or water current
    • example: The leaves were blowing in the wind
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] apartI broke the twig and the branch apart
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient 1] off / off of / from [Patient 2]I broke the twig off the branch
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apartThe twig and the branch broke apart
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apart [Adverb]Those twigs and branches break apart easily
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2]The twig broke off the branch
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2] [Adverb]Twigs break off of those branches easily

      Verbs of Separating and Disassembling (with the same syntax): break, cut, draw, hack, hew, kick, knock, pry, pull, push, rip, roll, saw, shove, slip, snap, split, tear, tug, yank.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of blow: be adrift / drift / float
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
    • more specific words:
      • waft = be driven or carried along, as by the air
      • tide = be carried with the tide
      • stream = to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind
  5. make a sound as if blown
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: go / sound = make a certain noise or sound
  6. shape by blowing
    • example: Blow a glass vase
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Martha carves
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] for [Asset]The contractor will build you a house for $100,000
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved the baby a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]Martha carved the piece of wood into a toy
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood into a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]Martha carves toys
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Asset]Martha will carve a toy out of a piece of wood for $50
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood for the baby
      [Material - concrete object] [Verb] [Product]This wood carved beautiful toys

      Verbs of Creation (with the same syntax): arrange, assemble, bake, cast, chisel, churn, compile, cook, crochet, develop, embroider, erect, fashion, fold, forge, formulate, grind, grow, hack, hammer, knit, mold, pound, roll, sculpture, sew, spin, stitch, weave, whittle.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: form / shape = give shape or form to
  7. be inadequate or objectionable
    • example: this blows!
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of blow: suck
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  8. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
  9. spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of blow: squander / waste
    • more generic words: expend / use = use up, consume fully
    • more specific word: burn = spend
  10. spend lavishly or wastefully on
  11. sound by having air expelled through a tube
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: go / sound = make a certain noise or sound
  12. play or sound a wind instrument
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic word: sound = cause to sound
  13. provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
  14. cause air to go in, on, or through
    • example: Blow my hair dry
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: direct / send = cause to go somewhere
    • more specific word: blast = apply a draft or strong wind to to
  15. cause to move by means of an air current
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific word: whiff = drive or carry as if by a puff of air
  16. spout moist air from the blowhole
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: gush / spirt / spout / spurt = gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
  17. leave; informal or rude
    • examples: Blow now! | let's blow this place
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of blow: shove along / shove off
    • more generic terms: depart / go / go away = move away from a place into another direction
  18. lay eggs
    • example: certain insects are said to blow
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: lay / put down / repose = put in a horizontal position
  19. cause to be revealed and jeopardized
  20. show off
  21. allow to regain its breath
    • example: blow a horse
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: rest = give a rest to
  22. melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
  23. burst suddenly
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: break open / burst / split = come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure

Specialised definition of the verb blow

Glossary of sports / bowling

to miss converting a spare

Film

"Blow" is a 2001 American biopic about the American cocaine smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All for the screenplay. It is based on the real life stories of George Jung, Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder Rivas, and the Medellín Cartel. The film's title comes from a slang term for cocaine.

Characters

  1. Blow is a fictional character from the 2007 film Underground President.
  2. Blow is a fictional character from the 2006 film Welcome to the Southside.

There are other characters with in their name, like Blow Job and Joe Blow.

Phrases with Blow

Phrases starting with the word Blow:

  1. Blow It
  2. Blow Me
  3. blow up
  4. blow-by
  5. Blow-Up
  6. blow fly
  7. blow gas
  8. blow off
  9. blow out
  10. blow-dry
  11. blow away
  12. blow down
  13. blow over
  14. blow tube
  15. blow drier
  16. blow dryer
  17. Blow Flies

Phrases ending with the word Blow:

  1. by-blow
  2. joe blow
  3. low blow

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Blow

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Google previewTransactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1885)

by American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The real cause for the cushioned blow is that given above—the necessity of providing for strokes of varying length.

Google previewTransactions (1885)

by American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The real cause for the cushioned blow is that given above — the necessity of providing for strokes of varying length.

Google previewBarrel and Box and Packages (1904)

by Edgar Harvey Defebaugh

Blow is an affable gentleman. iinassiiming and courteous to every one of tlie THE GREAT BARREL FACTORY AT...

Blow is a silent partner in two of the best known stave ...

Google previewThe Vishńu Puráńa (Vishṇupurāṇam), a System of Hindu Mythology and Tradition, Translated from the Original Sanscrit, and Illustrated by Notes Derived Chiefly from Other Puráńas, by H. H. Wilson (1840)

Literally it is, “A blow is the pleasure of those whose eyes are darkened by ignorance, whose limbs, exceedingly benumbed, desire pleasure by exercise.” The commentator divides the sentence, however, and reads it, “As fatigue would be like ...

Google previewWorks [ed. by E.R. Rost]. (1865)

by Ernst Reinhold Rost

* Literally it is : 'A blow is the pleasure of ...

Google previewA Plain and Easy Introduction to the Knowledge and Practice of Gardening (1800)

With Hints on Fish-ponds by Charles Marshall

The distance of four inches apart is, however, by some florists, thought sufficient for anemones and ranunculuses; but certainly more were better, where a strong blow is a first object. Hyacinths should be planted at seven, or eight, though they ...

Google previewThe MCAT Physics Book (2015)

by Garrett Biehle

The waves in the pipe are analogous to waves on a string, and the hammer blow is a transverse blow. Sound waves in air must be longitudinal. 4. B. We need to introduce at least one more node. If we introduce another node between the ...

Google previewThe Operation of Steam Locomotives (2010)

by Angus Sinclair

The valve blow is a sort of wheeze, with the suggestion of a whistle in it : the piston makes a clean, honest blow, which would break into a distinct roar if enough steam could get through. But a whistling sound in the exhaust is, by no means, ...

Google previewThe Role of Dictionary Use in the Comprehension of Idiom Variants (2006)

by Renata Szczepaniak

blow hot and cold...

cold —> blow cold —> blow cold —> hot cold --------- -LDOCE3 OALD5 COBUILD2 MEDAL 3) carry the can ...

Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

blow n. botta, buttarella, chiaja, chiaga, corpo, cuttone, nespula; (breath, wind) sciusciata, sciuscio; to come to...

Google previewA Rhyming Dictionary (1824)

Answering at the Same Time, the Purposes of Spelling and Pronouncing the English Language ... [with] an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

* Bump A small swelling; a blow, s. To bump To make a loud moise; to thump, v. n. But'ter-bump A fowl; the bittern, os . o . Dump Sorrow; melancholy; reverie, s. Hump A crooked back, s. "...," e.

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant (1889)

Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Tinker's Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland

Bloviate — Blow. Bio w — Bio zver. Blow out — Blue. Blue. 141 Bloviate ( American), a made up or "factitious" word, which has been used since 1850, and is perhaps older. It is irregularly used to signify verbosity, wandering from the subject, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English (1905)

Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled: Slang and Its Analogues by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley

Blow. 1. A shilling : see Rhino. 2. A drunken frolic, spree.

Google previewThe Slang Dictionary; Or, The Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and "fast" Expressions of High and Low Society (1870)

Many with Their Etymology and a Few with Their History Traced

BLOW A CLOUD,” to smoke a. cigar or pipe—a phrase in use two centuries ago. BLOW...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

go upwind САЛХИЖУУЛАЛТ ventilation САЛХИЖУУЛАХ toventilate САЛХИЛАХto blow (wind), ~ нүх vent (mech.) САЛХИЛУУЛАХ 1. to leta wind blow, to air, to ventilate, салхилуулан хөргөх to aircool 2. to put out in the fresh air, to givean ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

coup de grâce A French phrase meaning blow of mercy, ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1900)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Blow. are called "Bloods," or aristocratic rowdies. Similar to "Drunk as a lord." "It w »8 Moody hot walking to-day."— Hicift : Journal to ftttlta, letter xxii. Bloody (The). Otho II., Emperor of Germany. (956, 973-983.) The Bloody Ekeeuth. The old llth ...

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Quotes about Blow

Blow your bugle, soldier man
For our young heroes
In their flag covered boxes

In the few years they lived
We taught them
How to die for
Love of country

They are home now
Blow your bugle, soldier man
Blow Taps
It’s lights out (Stanley Cooper)
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Scrabble value of B3L1O1W4

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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