• WordNet 3.6
    • v billow become inflated "The sails ballooned"
    • v billow rise and move, as in waves or billows "The army surged forward"
    • v billow rise up as if in waves "smoke billowed up into the sky"
    • v billow move with great difficulty "The soldiers billowed across the muddy riverbed"
    • n billow a large sea wave
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many scholars believe that an earthquake caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, referred to in the Bible as "the smoke of the country." Earthquakes produce massive clouds of dust that resemble billowing smoke.
    • Billow A great wave or flood of anything.
    • Billow 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."
    • v. i Billow To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to undulate. "The billowing snow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n billow A great wave or surge of the sea, occasioned usually by a violent wind: much used in figurative applications, and often, especially in the plural, as merely equivalent to wave: as, the billows of sorrow rolled over him.
    • n billow Synonyms See wave.
    • billow To swell; rise and roll in large waves or surges.
    • billow To raise in waves or billows.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Billow bil′ō a great wave of the sea swelled by the wind:
    • v.i Billow to roll in large waves
    • n Billow bil′ō (poet.) a wave, the sea
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. bylgja, billow, Dan. bölge, Sw. bölja,; akin to MHG. bulge, billow, bag, and to E. bulge,. See Bulge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Ice. bylgja; Sw. bölja, Dan. bölge, a wave. See Bilge, Bulge.


In literature:

And southwards he sailed with a rattling breeze, and the billows rolled after him like mounds and hillocks.
"Weird Tales from Northern Seas" by Jonas Lie
He was roughly tossed from his earliest years upon the billows of trouble.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
The foremast soon went over the ship's side, carrying twelve seamen with it, who were swallowed up by the billows.
"Thrilling Stories Of The Ocean" by Marmaduke Park
How we slide up and down the backs of great billows, and cast our lines with ever-varying success!
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
Then he bound the veil round him, flung himself head foremost into the billows, and swam lustily towards land.
"Stories from the Odyssey" by H. L. Havell
Even Mrs. Medora Hastings, billowing toward the throne with cries, was less poignantly a challenge to be heard.
"Romance Island" by Zona Gale
The general's staff watching the course of the action by the billows of black smoke?
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
That I might hear the clamorous billows thunder On the rude beach.
"A Celtic Psaltery" by Alfred Perceval Graves
Durtal bent over and through a cloud of vapour he saw a coiled napkin rising and falling with the little billows.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
The door into the hall was open, and through it were pouring billows of smoke.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
At one moment there was the shrieking of waves about my face; at the next the rolling of billows over my head.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
All the irregularities of the hills are softened into swelling billows like the mouldings of Titanic statuary.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
The billows of birth, love, and death swept over me.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Save the wild and remorseless dash Of billows.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
Already the distant roar of the billow was heard, proving that it had begun to break.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
On we swept over the high-rolling billows with a double reef in the lug-sail.
"The Great Lone Land" by W. F. Butler
And like unto flowing cliffs were seen on it heaving billows, now meeting together and now rolling away.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
They float freely and incessantly through the ocean, either impelled by their own efforts, or driven by storm and billow.
"Chambers' Edinburgh Journal" by Various
He had utterly "lost his head," and was like an infant in the fury of the billows.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
Ten thousands of years with their joys and their fears, Thy billows cannot control.
"The Song of the Exile--A Canadian Epic" by Wilfred S. Skeats

In poetry:

The shields are clashing!
See, sand-clouds rising,
Speer-billows rolling
Round Tambarskelve!
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
But soon scattered wide
O'er the billows they ride,
While Sigvald and Olaf
Sail side by side.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Though deep call unto deep
As calls the thunder,
And white the billows leap
The tempest under;
"After The Winter Rain" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
'High over the breakers,
Low under the lee,
Sing ho
The billow,
And the lash of the rolling sea!
"The Sailor's Return" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
From his humble dwelling
On the shingly shore,
Where the billows swelling
Keep such hollow roar --
"The Lee Shore" by Thomas Hood
And in billows of might
Swell the Saxon before her,—
Unite, oh, unite!
Or the billows burst o’er her!
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson

In news:

Smoke billows from behind a former presidential palace in Baghdad after a rocket attack.
DENNY SIMMONS / Courier & Press archives Smoke billows from the home at 4811 Overland Drive in Warrick County as Ohio Township and Newburgh firefighters continue to work the scene in November 2011.
The news cameras were rolling as smoke started to billow out of a house on a deserted street.
Fine-textured Mexican feather grass dances at the slightest puff of wind, providing movement like a billowing wave.
Dramatic images of the Pole Creek Fire continue to arrive, more than 2 weeks after it broke out near Sisters: the billowing smoke, dramatic sunsets and other scenes.
Smoke and flame billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif, Monday, Aug 6, 2012.
ELWOOD — Cars and trucks swarmed D Street near the intersection with Ninth Street, and residents lined the sidewalks and stood on their vehicles to get a look at the flames billowing from the closed State Plating building Friday night.
More than 24 hours after a massive fire ripped through a warehouse storing Martinelli's apple juice, flames still roared out the roof and thick black smoke billowed over Watsonville Thursday evening.
The first time Mason Mayor Leon Clark tried to deliver the fire truck to Kosovo , he found himself on the side of the road with smoke billowing from the engine.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Fire and smoke billowed from Los Angeles International Airport this morning during a Los Angeles Fire Department exercise.
ON summer mornings here, when thick gray fog billows off the Pacific Ocean and settles in for a few cool, moist hours, it is easy to imagine a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Smoke billows from the Casino Royale in Monterrey , Mexico, Thursday.
Despite the billowing success of the iPhone, recent studies show that Android is the number one mobile platform in the world.
Smoke billows from the Unit 3 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, in March, 2011.
If you happened to see a large amount of billowing smoke on Friday afternoon near Blue Springs, you were not alone.

In science:

Beer postulates that the choice of the value is related to the wind speed at which the wind shear is strong enough to generate flame billows and that this value corresponds to a mid-flame wind speed of 2.5 m s−1 .
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
We comment on the tendency of some methods, particularly those with very low numerical diffusion, to produce secondary Kelvin-Helmholtz billows on similar tests.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Springel (2011) suggested that their moving-mesh code is able to resolve secondary KHI billows which cannot be resolved in their fixed-mesh code because it was too diffusive.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
In this case the secondary billows should eventually show up at some resolution in any convergent code, but should arise at a particular location and time.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
The slight differences between the setup of Springel (2011) and our setup mean the difference between seeing physical growth of secondary billows and failing to produce them.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
At lower resolutions a resolution study should still suggest a significant uncertainty or change between simulations of different resolution as the secondary billows are damped less and less.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
In the second case, the resolution necessary to make the secondary billows disappear may be quite large, as a numerical mechanism introducing noise at a small scale may still have significant power at larger wavelengths depending on the spatial correlation of the mechanism introducing the noise.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
In Figure 12 the density in a region centered on a single primary KHI billow is shown at time t = 3.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Secondary KHI billows can be seen growing in the 10242 case, and this pattern is successively suppressed at the higher resolutions, suggesting it is an artifact of the finite resolution and is converging away.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
However, in the 20482 resolution, a different set of secondary instabilities can be seen growing at much shorter wavelengths in the central winding of the primary billow.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Surprisingly, a new set of secondary billows has appeared on the outer winding of the primary billow.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Density in Athena at time t = 3.0 at three resolutions, zoom-in on one primary KHI billow.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Density in Athena at time t = 3.2 at three resolutions, zoom-in on one primary KHI billow.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
From the results of the convergence study in Section 5 we propose that if a code develops secondary KelvinHelmholtz billows in this test by t = 1.5, it is due to the growth of numerical perturbations.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
The underlying cause of the tendency of many schemes to develop secondary KHI in this test problem is that the shear interface becomes increasingly steep as it stretches in the primary KHI billow.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison