• WordNet 3.6
    • n puffing an act of forcible exhalation
    • n puffing blowing tobacco smoke out into the air "they smoked up the room with their ceaseless puffing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Puffing a. & n. from Puff v. i. & t.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n puffing The practice of writing or publishing puffs, or uncritical or venal praises of another person's productions or wares.
    • n puffing In costume, one or more ridges or ribs intended for ornament; ornamentation by means of such ridges. See puffed.
    • n puffing In gasteromycetous fungi, the sudden discharging of a cloud of spores. See puffball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Puffing the act of praising extravagantly
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; cf. Ger. puffen, &c.


In literature:

The tremendous puffing and blowing of a tug was heard somewhere in the river and they concluded to go over to the bridge and see what it was.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
The jib puffed out on a sudden.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Her dress was quaint, with puffed sleeves, and bands and edges of light green, like an April flower.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Emma Dean told him the story, Willy listening gravely, puffing slowly at his pipe, eyes fixed on the campfire.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods" by Jessie Graham Flower
Look at him puffing away, will you?
"Afloat" by Alan Douglas
He was just about all in and puffing like a locomotive.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
He puffed and blew as he threw it down on deck.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
The puffing grew fainter, and finally when I couldn't hear it, or any other sound near, I did halt and look around.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Dark lit it and puffed the fragrant smoke with evident enjoyment.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
Before I comprehended that the indomitable female stood beside me, the train was puffing pitilessly away.
"The Blunders of a Bashful Man" by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

In poetry:

Then came brave Glory puffing by
In silks that whistled, who but he?
He scarce allow'd me half an eye:
But Thou shalt answer, Lord, for me.
"The Quip" by George Herbert
He’s wiser than father and mother,
And proud as a Turkish Hussar,
And ere he’s well out of the cradle
e's puffing a fragrant (!) cigar.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
He asked the lady in the train
If he might smoke: she smiled consent.
So lighting his cigar and fain
To talk he puffed away content,
Reflecting: how delightful are
Fair dame and fine cigar.
"The Pretty Lady" by Robert W Service
Ready with leaves and with buds stood the tree.
"Shall I take them?" the frost said, now puffing with glee.
"Oh my, no, let them stand,
Till flowers are at hand!"
All trembling from tree-top to root came the plea.
"The Tree" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
And up in the manhood of his breast,
Sprang a storm of passion and shame;
It tore the pride of his fancied best
In a thousand shreds of blame;
It threw to the ground his ancient crest,
And puffed at his ancient name.
"The Homeless Ghost" by George MacDonald
They parted, and Athletes had not left her very far,
Ere again he puffed the odours of a casual cigar;
But he oftentimes lamented, as to manhood's years he grew,
'What a pity such a stunner was so spoilt by being blue!'
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling

In news:

Krispy Kreme Puffed Up By Solid Growth Prospects.
Not as Hard as It's Puffed Up to Be.
Watch Pretty Puffed Pastry in the Better Homes and Gardens Video.
This big jake turkey in Albany was strutting his stuff last Saturday, puffing up every feather and stomping the ground in attempts to get the hens to pay attention.
'Puffing' season is here, but it can lead to stolen car, ticket.
Since her vibrant film debut at twelve, in 1979's A Little Romance, Lane has mostly been puffing up peacocks, be it Mark Wahlberg in The Perfect Storm or Keanu Reeves in Hardball.
Bake until biscuits are puffed and golden brown and filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes.
Puffing on his usual postgame cigar in the Braves' clubhouse at Turner Field on Monday, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was asked by an Associated Press reporter what he thought of Shea Stadium's smoking ban.
Smoking violations issued to New York City bars and restaurants have plummeted in the nine years since puffing was banned inside public places, health records show.
And I'm asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs — he was very upset as he shouted and puffed — What's that THING you've made out of my Truffula tuft.
Shipwreck ID'd as 'Hannah M. All puffed up.
Toast over campfire until roll is puffed and golden brown.
PUFFED-SHOULDER: This signature '80s look is fashion-forward now, but in a month, you'll see it everywhere.
Baking in oval, grooved moulds forms the shell-like appearance with a puffed center.
In the race to keep up with rapidly changing technologies, no one is huffing and puffing any harder than convention center managers.

In science:

The time for radial heat transport from the burning layers to the photosphere is about one second, which means that the layers are puffed up and spun down by the time the observer sees the burst.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Similarly we can find a field Uf , Galois over Z , so that for any finite extension ˆU of Uf and any prime p ˆU lying above pZ in ˆU we have that ordq f (p ˆU /pUf ) = 0.
Diophantine Definability and Decidability in the Extensions of Degree 2 of Totally Real Fields
But the real situation that must be considered when attempting to determine the length of the RN state is how long the now-puffed-up companion will remain with a significant atmospheric density in contact with the Roche lobe.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
The Large Magellanic Cloud, LMC, represents a prototype for a non edge-on irregular and puffed bulgeless disk (Wyse et al. 1997).
The Edge-On Perspective of Bulgeless, Simple Disk Galaxies
Furthermore, the disk surface is no longer straight (θ = const), but the innermost region is puffed up by the pressure of radiation.
Slim accretion disks around black holes