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blower

[bloh-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that blows.
  2. a machine for supplying air at a moderate pressure, as to supply forced drafts or supercharge and scavenge diesel engines.
  3. snow blower.
  4. Mining. a jet of firedamp issuing from a crevice.
  5. Slang. a braggart.
  6. supercharger.
  7. Chiefly British Slang. a telephone.
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Origin of blower

before 900; Middle English; Old English. See blow2, -er1
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Examples from the Web for blower

Historical Examples

  • The blower should be very smooth, and made of either tin, brass or copper.

    Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining

    John S. Hittell

  • “To tell you who she is, my dear Mrs. Blower, is very easy,” said the officious Doctor.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott

  • The mass of glass was also very heavy for the blower to wield.

    The Story of Glass

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Discovering no blower, he investigated, and began to gently haul in the line.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • "They might think we were friends of Blower sent to spy on them," said Phil.


British Dictionary definitions for blower

blower

noun
  1. a mechanical device, such as a fan, that blows
  2. a low-pressure rotary compressor, esp in a furnace or internal-combustion engineSee also supercharger
  3. an informal name for telephone
  4. an informal name for speaking tube
  5. an informal name for a whale 1
  6. mining a discharge of firedamp from a crevice
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Word Origin and History for blower

n.

early 12c. (originally of horn-blowers), from Old English blawere, agent noun from blow (v.1). Of mechanical devices from 1795.

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