- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɪləʊ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɪloʊ/
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- Rhymes: -ɪləʊ
billow (plural billows)
- A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of something, such as water, smoke, fabric or sound
- whom the winds waft where'er the billows roll
- 1873, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Brook and the Wave" in Birds of Passage:
- And the brooklet has found the billow / Though they flowed so far apart.
- 1893 August, Rudyard Kipling, "Seal Lullaby", in "The White Seal", National Review.
- Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow; / Ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
- To surge or roll in billows
- 1920, Peter B. Kyne, chapter 2, in The Understanding Heart:
- During the preceding afternoon a heavy North Pacific fog had blown in … Scudding eastward from the ocean, it had crept up and over the redwood-studded crests of the Coast Range mountains, […] , billowing steadily eastward, it had rolled up the western slopes of the Siskiyou Range, […]
- 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, “Chain Gang,”
- The nuns' veils billowed and flapped behind the snaky line of girls as if the sisters were shooing the serpent from the Garden of Eden.
- To swell out or bulge
- 1983, Peter De Vries, chapter 9, in Slouching Towards Kalamazoo, page 125:
- She had changed her auburn hair. Instead of wearing it in a billowing puff over her brow, she had gathered it into a ponytail, secured with a length of yellow yarn.
to surge in billows
to swell or bulge