verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of billow
Synonyms for billow
Related Words for billowundulate, swell, wave, tide, breaker, crest, surge, beachcomber, roller, bloat, bulge, roll, balloon, rock, bounce, toss, belly, pitch, ripple, heave
Examples from the Web for billow
Historical Examples of billow
They are in circumstances in which the ripple passes into the wavelet, and the wavelet into the billow.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
It flared briefly and let out with a billow of thick red smoke.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
Oh, the wreck is on the billow; hasten with the means of safety.The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern
The billow and the wind And the still waters will sweep us away Mercilessly!Life Immovable
The interior of the house was a billow of red, white, and blue.The Clansman
Word Origin for billow
1550s, perhaps older in dialectal use, from Old Norse bylgja "a wave, a billow," from Proto-Germanic *bulgjan (cf. Middle High German bulge "billow, bag"), from PIE *bhelgh- "to swell" (see belly (n.)).
1590s, from billow (n.). Related: Billowed; billowing.