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
- 18??, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Brook and the Wave:
- And the brooklet has found the billow / Though they flowed so far apart.
- 1922, Clark Ashton Smith, The Caravan:
- Have the swirling sands engulfed them, on a noon of storm when the desert rose like the sea, and rolled its tawny billows on the walled gardens of the green and fragrant lands?
billow (third-person singular simple present billows, present participle billowing, simple past and past participle billowed)
- To surge or roll in billows
- 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter II:
- 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
- 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, Chapter I,
- Her new green flowered-muslin dress spread its twelve yards of billowing material over her hoops and exactly matched the flat-heeled green morocco slippers her father had recently brought her from Atlanta.
- 1983, Peter De Vries, Slouching Towards Kalamazoo, Chapter 9, p. 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.
↑ Etymology in w:Online Etymology Dictionary