Definition Of billow


(of fabric) fill with air and swell outward.

her dress billowed out around her

a large undulating mass of something, typically cloud, smoke, or steam.

Flying in across a track of pearl and gold laid by the setting sun across the Atlantic, I watched the island shape itself as a dark mass hardening from a billow of pink sea-level clouds.

Example Of billow

  • A large cloud of black smoke billowed above their old den, and the ground shook from the force of heavy machinery at work.

  • A thick cloud of black smoke billowed from the top.

  • According to the show's host, big and billowy are this year's watchwords for bridal wear, and green could be this year's hot colour - despite old myths about the colour's potential to influence a marriage in the wrong way.

  • Adam's cloak billowed out behind him as he walked.

  • After hours of watching the black smoke billow over the top of the mountain, we stood horrified as the flames made their appearance.

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