billowy

billowy
billow NOUN 1) a large undulating mass of cloud, smoke, or steam. 2) archaic a large sea wave.
VERB 1) (of fabric) fill with air and swell outwards. 2) (of smoke, cloud, or steam) move or flow outward with an undulating motion.
DERIVATIVES billowy adjective.
ORIGIN Old Norse.

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  • Billowy — Bil low*y, a. Of or pertaining to billows; swelling or swollen into large waves; full of billows or surges; resembling billows. [1913 Webster] And whitening down the many tinctured stream, Descends the billowy foam. Thomson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • billowy — 1610s, from BILLOW (Cf. billow) (n.) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Billowiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • billowy — [adj] surging bouncing, bouncy, bulgy, distended, ebbing and flowing, heaving, puffy, rippled, rippling, rising, rising and falling, rolling, swelling, swirling, swollen, undulating, waving, wavy; concepts 486,584 …   New thesaurus

  • billowy — [bil′ō ē] adj. billowier, billowiest swelling in or as in a billow or billows billowiness n …   English World dictionary

  • billowy — billowiness, n. /bil oh ee/, adj., billowier, billowiest. characterized by or full of billows; surging: a rough, billowy sea. [1605 15; BILLOW + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • billowy — bil•low•y [[t]ˈbɪl oʊ i[/t]] adj. low•i•er, low•i•est. characterized by billows; surging: a rough, billowy sea[/ex] • Etymology: 1605–15 bil′low•i•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • billowy — /ˈbɪloʊi/ (say bilohee) adjective (billowier, billowiest) full of billows; surging: billowy flames. –billowiness, noun …  

  • billowy — adjective characterized by great swelling waves or surges billowy storm clouds the restless billowing sea surging waves • Syn: ↑billowing, ↑surging • Similar to: ↑stormy …   Useful english dictionary

  • billowy — adjective see billow I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • billowy — adjective /ˈbɪ.ləʊ.(w)i/ Of or pertaining to billows; swelling or swollen into large waves; full of billows or surges; resembling billows …   Wiktionary

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