• Blowing glass at Jamestown in 1608. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Blowing glass at Jamestown in 1608. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n by-blow the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
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Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Never mind what you saw in the film "The Poseidon Adventure." The biggest wave on record, reported by a reliable source, was estimated to have attained a height of 112 feet. It was measured, at some distance, I hope, by a tanker traveling between Manila and San Diego in 1933. The wind was blowing at 70 mph at the time.
    • By-blow A side or incidental blow; an accidental blow. "With their by-blows they did split the very stones in pieces."
    • By-blow An illegitimate child; a bastard. "The Aga speedily . . . brought her [his disgraced slave] to court, together with her pretty by-blow , the present Padre Ottomano."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n by-blow A side or accidental blow.
    • n by-blow An illegitimate child.
    • n by-blow A calamity or disaster out of the common.
    • n by-blow A blow that misses its aim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns By-blow a side blow: an illegitimate child
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  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We seldom lose our faith by a blow out, usually is just a slow leak.”
  • Simon Dach
    Simon Dach
    “Then come the wild weather, come sleet or come snow, we will stand by each other, however it blow.”
  • Martin Luther
    “The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.”


Blow by blow - A blow-by-blow description gives every detail in sequence.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bi, big; Ger. bei, L. ambi.


In literature:

Then he drove away all his workmen, and by his magic called up the storm-winds to blow his bellows.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
Ralegh desired to convince the class of the futility of resistance by sudden blows.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
He was still half-dazed by the blow he had received, and his heart was filled with black rage.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
These are used by the Indians to make the arrows of their "blow-guns," of which more hereafter.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Nor would the Jews be the only persons who would be anxious to hasten the end by giving the deadly blow.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Shell, seizing an axe, by quick and well directed blows ruined every musket thus thrust through the walls, by bending the barrels.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
In a naval sense, it does not blow home when a sea-wind is interrupted by a mountainous range along shore.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Each was restrained from striking a blow by the knowledge that the other two would instantly combine against him.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Stanley had felt the blows of Wyndham on his face, but that was as nothing to the torture endured at that moment by Paul.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Yes, often, when I was a child; and I used to make them float in the air by blowing them upwards.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
One man had the door partly broken open by furious blows with the butt of his gun.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
It became necessary, therefore, to profit by his absence in order to strike a decisive blow.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
Outwardly, the wound was an ordinary one, one inch in breadth, inflicted by a blow delivered from left to right.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
By the time we blow out the tanks we'll be just about out.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Approaching, he heard not only calls for help but roars and growls accompanied by ferocious cries and violent blows.
"Old French Fairy Tales" by Comtesse de Ségur
The count became livid with anger, and, by this time on his feet, ready to come to blows with the collegian.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
The pale face contracted with pain, and she was obliged to defend herself from the blows by her hands.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
He swam up to the bank and suddenly struck her and knocked her into the water and covered her with slime from the blow given by his tail.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
That this blow does not bleed at once is explained by the cellular texture of the muscles.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
This put the boys in mind of the tree that had been shivered by the mighty blow of the great Swede.
"The Auto Boys' Mystery" by James A. Braden

In poetry:

Husband fond and children dear,
Crushed and stricken by the blow,
Banish ev'ry anxious fear,
While we lay the lov'd one low.
"On The Death Of Mrs. Burnite Who Died February 2, 1878" by David John Scott
Oh weep not o'er thy children's tomb,
Oh Rachel, weep not so!
The bud is cropt by martyrdom,
The flower in heaven shall blow!
"Hymn 7. Innocents' Day " by Reginald Heber
The winds blow sweet by Connelbush,
They fan my brow and cheek,
And in the pauses, when they hush,
I hear the streamlet speak.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
Blow, west-wind, by the lonely mound,
And murmur, summer-streams—
There is no need of other sound
To soothe my lady's dreams.
"Song" by Emily Jane Bronte
May fortitude beneath this blow
Fail not the gallant Gallic nation!
By past experience, well we know
Her genius for recuperation.
"Lines To Our New Censor" by William Watson
The keenest frost that binds the stream,
The wildest wind that blows,
Are neither felt nor fear'd by them,
Secure of their repose.
"To The Rev. Mr. Newton : An Invitation Into The Country" by William Cowper

In news:

Like nylon socks with loafers, the man purse has long been an object of ridicule and derision, sported mostly by Eurotrashy guys who still blow-dry their hair.
The jogger discovered had been struck by a blow dart , but did not need medical attention.
A man who was threatening to blow up a mobile-home park was killed by a King County sheriff's deputy in Fall City on Monday after he wrestled a Taser from the deputy .
NORMAL – Illinois State used an offensive explosion to start the second half to blow by Fairleigh Dickinson , 91-58, Tuesday night at Redbird Arena in the second round of the South Padre Island Invitational.
An explosive cache of confidential diplomatic cables disclosed by WikiLeaks sent the State Department scrambling to savage relations worldwide Monday as top officials branded the whistle-blowing group "criminals" and "terrorists.
Speed as well as depth by the Douglass Trojans dealt a blow to the Tecumseh Savages Friday night.
Blowing up ice - that's exactly how crews are clearing ice jams in Chugiak caused by the devastating September flooding.
Jeff Beck Thelonius Blow By Blow.
As the candidates debate the economy , they're boosting the bottom line of those bringing you the blow-by-blow account.
The USA was dealt a blow, however, when star Lauren Cheney was ejected with a straight red card in the 68th minute after retaliating for a hard foul by the Argentines.
Albans took a big blow yesterday afternoon, with the announcement that the Energizer plant will be closing by next September.
An effort by a group of well-known Islanders to assume control of the historic Mukai Farmhouse was dealt a blow Thursday when a King County judge ruled the group had not orchestrated the takeover legally.
NEW DELHI—The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation has received a double blow with the government withdrawing its support within hours of the federation being suspended by world governing body AIBA for not following proper electoral procedures.
In the vast high desert, where thousands of square miles were kept company only by a chill wind blowing across the scrub brush, people settled the land for reasons that were as slim as hopes.
This Is The State That Blows Themselves Up The Most By Frying Turkeys.

In science:

In other words, X ′ is defined by (the restriction to Σ′ of ) the same linear function λ : N → Z as before blowing-up.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
It follows that we can reduce the order over every chart by a finite number of analogous blowings-up.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
Then Xl+1 is the strict transform of Xl by the blowing-up Ml+1 → Ml determined by the star-subdivision Σl+1 of Σl .
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
Unlike the case of a toric hypersurface, however, in general it is not possible to desingularize X by blowing up with each successive centre an arbitrary component of the maximal Samuel stratum.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
Consider the strict transform X1 = X ′ of X0 = X by blowing up A6 with centre any of these components; say, u = v = w = y = z = 0.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
Now consider two further blowings-up whose centres are (components of the maximal Samuel strata) given in Uy by u = v = w = x = z = 0, and then in Uyz := (Uy )z by u = v = w = y = z = 0.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
As before, the sequence of blowings-up involved is obtained by restriction of an H -permissible sequence of blowings-up of M (1) := Mt+1 .
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
By Remark 7.8 or Lemma 7.9 (with X = N ), any permissible sequence of blowings-up for Hσ is the restriction of a permissible sequence of blowings-up for H.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
By induction on dimension, since dim Qσ < dim Pσ , there is a sequence of blowings-up of M , permissible for H, which restricts to a resolution of singularities of Hσ .
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
Clearly, if H′ = (M ′ , N ′ , P ′ , H′ , e) is the transform of H by the blowing-up with centre D , then H′ = D(H′ ).
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
We will define a centre of blowing up DH , as well as “invariants” invH (a), µH (a), JH (a), by induction on dim P .
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
Since dim Q < dim P , invC (H)(a), µC (H) (a), JC (H)(a), and a centre of blowing up DC (H) are determined by induction.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
The invariant subspace D of the theorem is the smallest closed invariant subspace of M containing the centre of blowing up that is prescribed by the desingularization algorithm of [BM3], [BM5] in the simplified version sufficient for toric varieties.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
The centre Dj of each blowing-up πj+1 is combinatorial. (2) Denote by Xj the successive strict transforms of X0 = X .
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
Milman, Canonical desingularization in characteristic zero by blowing up the maximum strata of a local invariant, Invent.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties