What does billow mean?

billow meaning in General Dictionary

To surge to go up and move in waves or surges to undulate

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  • outstanding wave or rise for the sea or any other water caused typically by violent wind
  • move with great difficulty
  • increase and move, like in waves or billows
  • rise just as if in waves
  • become inflated
  • a sizable water trend
  • an excellent trend or rise of the sea or other liquid, caused often by violent wind.
  • A great trend or flooding of everything.
  • To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to undulate.

billow meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1550s, perhaps older in dialectal usage, from Old Norse bylgja "a revolution, a billow," from Proto-Germanic *bulgjan (cognates: Middle High German bulge "billow, bag"), from PIE *bhelgh- "to swell" (see stomach (n.)).

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  • 1590s, from billow (letter.). Associated: Billowed; billowing.

billow meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A great trend or surge of water or any other liquid, caused often by violent wind.

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  • (letter.) Outstanding revolution or flood of such a thing.
  • (v. i.) To surge; to increase and roll in waves or surges; to undulate.

Sentence Examples with the word billow

On the 6th of June 1905 Count Billow was raised to the rank of prince (Fiirst), on the occasion of the marriage of the crown prince.

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