billow billow  /ˈbɪ loʊ/


  1. (v) become inflated
  2. (v) rise up as if in waves
  3. (n) a large sea wave
  4. (v) move with great difficulty
  5. (v) rise and move, as in waves or billows


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  1. White plumes of steam billow from deep under the earth into the blue sky, and moss covers the lava-strewn ground.
  2. Eyewitnesses report a billow of smoke but no fire associated with the explosion - a powerful detonation which shook the ground.
  3. Clouds of War: Smoke clouds billow from Palestinian Authority buildings in Ramallah, following Israeli air strikes Thursday.


  1. Hope from the Waldo Canyon Fire

    From John Nickle's large picture windows he can watch the smoke billow from the Black Forest fire. “We’re watching them like I’m sure they were watching up this direction from out there last year,” Nickle said.  “If you look out when you see the black smoke you know that’s a structure.” Last year, that smoke was coming from Nickle’s home.  His was one of the 346 homes destroyed by the Waldo ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: KRDO Colorado Springs

  2. Smoke from Hathaway fire affects neighboring communities

    The Hathaway Fire near Banning has grown to 3,326 acres with 40 percent containment.  While the fire is in a remote area, smoke continues to billow out of the San Gorgonio wilderness and into neighboring communities.  Several helicopters perform water drops to try and get a handle on the blaze. More than 1,400 firefighters are battling the flames.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: KESQ Palm Springs

  3. Blood, Tear Gas, and Hipsters: On the Front Lines With Turkey’s ‘Occupy’ Kids

    When all hell finally breaks loose in Gezi Park in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after days living in a dreamlike tranquility in their Zuccotti-style camp, the young, hip protestors spilling out of their tents into the darkness are still half-asleep. Clouds of tear gas billow all around.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Magazine


  1. "There was a billow of smoke and then a massive bang and my ears were deafened," said Kartini, a 32-year-old Christian woman who was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds to her chest and feet.
    on Dec 31, 2005 By: Raden Ajeng Kartini Source: USA Today

  2. "It was incredible, a fantastic goal," said Ronaldo to afterwards. "If you asked me how to score a goal like that I wouldn't be able to tell you. It's just hitting it hard and seeing the net billow, that's all."
    on Dec 21, 2009 By: Cristiano Ronaldo Source:

  3. Mark Twain wrote rapturously of his first encounter with surfing, watching a native Hawaiian "face the shore and wait for a particularly prodigious billow to come along; at the right moment he would fling his board upon its foamy crest and himself...
    on Jun 1, 2007 By: Mark Twain Source: New York Times

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