• WordNet 3.6
    • n blower large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals
    • n blower a device that produces a current of air
    • n blower a fan run by an electric motor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blower A blowing out or excessive discharge of gas from a hole or fissure in a mine.
    • Blower A braggart, or loud talker.
    • Blower (Mech) A device for producing a current of air; as: A metal plate temporarily placed before the upper part of a grate or open fire. A machine for producing an artificial blast or current of air by pressure, as for increasing the draft of a furnace, ventilating a building or shaft, cleansing gram, etc.
    • Blower (Zoöl) A small fish of the Atlantic coast (Tetrodon turgidus); the puffer.
    • Blower One who, or that which, blows.
    • Blower The whale; -- so called by seamen, from the circumstance of its spouting up a column of water.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blower One who blows. Specifically— One who is employed in a blowing-house for smelting tin.
    • n blower In a glass-factory, the workman who blows the melted glass into shape.
    • n blower A screen or cover of metal fitted to an open fireplace in such a way that when it is placed in position access of air to the chimney is closed except from the bottom, or through the fire itself: used to promote combustion, especially when the fire is first kindled, by concentrating the draft upon the substance to be ignited.
    • n blower In coal-mining, an escape, under pressure and with high velocity, of gas or firedamp from the coal. Such escapes are sometimes sudden and of short duration; but they occasionally continue for weeks and sometimes for years.
    • n blower A man employed in a mine in blasting.
    • n blower A machine for forcing air into a furnace, mine, cistern, hold of a ship, public building, etc., to assist in drying, evaporating, and the like; a blowing-machine. See blowing-engine, blowing-machine.
    • n blower A marine animal, as a whale, which spouts up water.
    • n blower One who brags; a boaster.
    • n blower A plant that blows.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Blower a metal plate put upon the upper part of a fireplace, so as to increase the draught through the fire: a machine for driving a blast of air, as into a furnace
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  • Ben Bergor
    Ben Bergor
    “It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner.”


On the blower - (UK) If someone is on the blower, they are on the phone.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bláwan; Ger. blähen, blasen; L. flare.


In literature:

Delia removed the "blower" from the grate and the dancing flames leaped high up the chimney and sent a ruddy glow about the room.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
So the blower let him off, and he came down without hurt.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
He effaced himself before Paragot much as the bellows-blower does before the organist.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
How much more respected are the glass-blowers, the clock-makers, and the musicians!
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Your father, you said, was a glass-blower by trade.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
A forge stood on the top of the bank and the smith leaned on the crank of the blower.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Stephens was only a 'blower.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Begs Franz to give him back his daughter's love Which a Bohemian glass-blower has stolen.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
Bob Winston was a blower, and never kept at any one thing; and some of the rest were old screws, and in six months time everybody would see!
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Thus the weaver, the tailor, the painter, and the glass-blower, have all their respective maladies.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli

In news:

0Chicago Blower's Design 64 Packaged Backward Inclined (PBI) fan was developed for increasing high-pressure collector applications.
A whistle-blower came forward with video showing some TSA officers skirting procedures.
According to Crime Stoppers, someone stole a backpack blower, chainsaw, hedge trimmer, string trimmer and other lawn care items from a Roosters restaurant, located at 1414 N 21st St in Newark, on Oct 25.
If the air board really wanted to clean up the air, they would outlaw the leaf blower.
Of Streets and Roads, used power blowers to collect leaves on Galaxie Dr in Lexington, Ky.
On the subject of public education, Diane Ravitch may be America's most important whistle-blower.
Tahoe Workz owner Carl Kurashewich, along with employees Brandon Petritsch and Jamie Fellows, in front of one of their front-loading snow blowers.
Gardner Denver is redefining PD Blower innovation with the expansion to the Sutorbilt® Legend® PD Industrial blower and vacuum pump product line with the launch of Dual Splash Lubrication .
News organizations thrilled to exploit the information Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.
Complainant states that between March 9 and March 11, an unknown person gained entry to shed and stole two small gas tanks, propane tank, shovel, leaf blower and attachments.
Marian Sontheim Blowers Marian Sontheim Blowers, age 91, of Macedon, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
Morton Plant Mease to pay $10.1 million settlement in whistle-blower case.
Over the past few weeks, Nacogdoches Police have received numerous reports on the thefts of lawn mowers, grass trimmers and blowers.
A municipal worker uses a snow blower to remove snow from a road in Moscow, Russia, after a blanket of snow covered the capital overnight.
Somehow the managed to shoehorn an 871 blower and twin Holley carbs under the hood.

In science:

Blower, Random matrices : high dimensional phenomena.
Quasi-Equiangular Frame (QEF) : A New Flexible Configuration of Frame
H. Piekarz, J. Blowers, S. Hays, Y. Huang, V. Shiltsev, “Design Study and Tests Arrangement of HTS Transmission Line Power Cable for Fast Cycling Accelerator Magnets” IEEE Trans. Applied Superconductivity, vol. 20, No. 3, June 2010. D.
A Test of HTS Power Cable in a Sweeping Magnetic Field
After installation of a fast blower system, which rapidly recirculates the target gas, the effect of possible beam motion (measured to be less than 0.2µm) was negligible.
Parity Violation and the Nucleon-Nucleon System
Then channel walls gradually invo lve the flow in rotation. Rotational speed of the channel was 206 rpm. Upstream of the stabilizing device, a blower was provided, allowing for supply of air to the channel with different flow rates.
Computation of Internal Fluid Flows in Channels Using the Package CFX-5