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  • v. Present participle of billow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. rising in billows.
  • adj. stormy; affected by storms; -- of weather, used prenominally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by great swelling waves or surges


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  • I knew this as I turned on the morning news to see a shot of the Empire State Building in the foreground and the World Trade Center with black smoke billowing from the North Tower.

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  • There in front of me a man-made object was seemingly defying the laws of physics, because it remained sideways moving at the same rate of speed with puffy white smoke billowing from the tires — the sound and smell of rubber being scrapped across pavement, in a way it was not designed to, filled the air around us.

    Driving story from heck

  • The second explosion was followed by a yellow flash and a cloud of black smoke billowing from the jungle.

    O'Donnell, Michael D.

  • The helicopter began to descend with flames billowing from the exhaust area, and at about 300 feet above the ground, it appeared that the tail boom began to bend and wobble, causing the aircraft to spin to the left.

    Windeler, Charles C. Jr.

  • Soon the sky was filled with the gray soot billowing from the stack of a coal burning locomotive.

    Above the Clouds at Thirty Below

  • The ash cloud billowing from the Icelandic volcano continues to cause widespread disruption to flights news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Fire is billowing from the Windsor House apartments on Rhode Island Avenue NW, Capital Business reporter Jonathan O'Connell tells us.

    Fire at D.C. apartment displaces 21

  • a word billowing enough that fills you, as the sun reaches out, as it warms you There has been a stirring in my heart as I see a style emerge in my portrait photography.

    Colors on my mind

  • On the other hand, I would loooove someone to bring out a faithful reproduction of the deluxe version of Yamato’s Genji Monogatari – striking (and thoroughly researched) art, a smooth and surprisingly touching adaptation of the original huge novel, and magnificent colour spreads at the beginning of each volume, showing Genji and his ladies lounging elegantly in billowing silk robes.

    Paging Angie Dickinson!

  • REYKJAVIK Reuters - Britain said flights could be disrupted over parts of the country on Tuesday by an ash cloud billowing from an Icelandic volcano, but it did not expect a repeat of last year's travel chaos. - News


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