billow /ˈbɪləʊ/


I. noun

1. a large undulating mass of something, typically cloud, smoke, or steam.
‹archaic› a large sea wave.
II. verb [no obj., with adverbial of direction]

1. (of fabric) fill with air and swell outwards

her dress billowed out around her.
(as adj. billowing)
a billowing skirt and shirt.
2. (of smoke, cloud, or steam) move or flow outward with an undulating motion

smoke was billowing from the chimney-mouth
(as adj. billowing)
all I could see was thick, billowing smoke.
III. derivatives

billowy /ˈbɪləʊi /

– origin mid 16th cent.: from Old Norse bylgja.

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