billow Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a large sea wave
verb rise up as if in waves
- smoke billowed up into the sky
verb move with great difficulty
- The soldiers billowed across the muddy riverbed
verb rise and move, as in waves or billows
- The army surged forward
verb become inflated
- The sails ballooned
A great wave or surge of the sea or other water, caused usually by violent wind.
Whom the winds waft where'er the billows roll. Cowper.
A great wave or flood of anything.Milton.
Bil"low intransitive verb
To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to undulate."The billowing snow." Prior.