Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Blow may refer to:
- Strike (attack)
Blow (Heather Nova album)
Blow is a live album by indie rocker Heather Nova, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music).
Blow (Messy Marv and Berner album)
Blow is collaboration album between American rappers Messy Marv and Berner. The album includes guest appearances from B-Legit, Yukmouth and C-Bo. Blow peaked at #87 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #31 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and #6 on the Top Heatseekers West North Central chart.
Blow (Foetus album)
Blow is a Foetus remix album, released on September 18, 2001, through Thirsty Ear. European label nois-o-lution issued a 2LP version in November of the same year. Blow contains remixes from Foetus' Flow.
Blow (Martin Solveig song)
"Blow" is a song by French DJ and record producer Martin Solveig and Filipino-Dutch DJ and producer Laidback Luke. The song was released in France as a digital download on 6 January 2014. The song was written and produced by Martin Solveig and Julio Mejia and Laidback Luke.
Blow is a 2001 American biographical crime film about the American cocaine smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All for the screenplay. It is based on the real-life stories of George Jung, Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder Rivas (portrayed in the film as Diego Delgado), and the Medellín Cartel. The film's title comes from a slang term for cocaine.
Blow was the final theatrical film directed by Demme to be released in his lifetime.
Blow (Red Lorry Yellow Lorry album)
Blow is Red Lorry Yellow Lorry's fourth album, released in 1989, and their last LP on the Beggars Banquet offshoot label, Situation Two, in the UK. In the US it was released by Beggars Banquet/ RCA.
The album was a slight change in direction for the band. While it still had the band's customary swirling rush of guitars, pounding drums, loud bass and Chris Reed's deep growling vocals, the songs were a little slower, with stronger, more conventional melodies sweetened by occasional female backing vocals. Reed's lyrics were less downbeat, almost optimistic. As critics noted, overall Blow is a warmer album than the band's previous, somewhat dour offerings; the Lorries left their specious gothic rock trappings behind for good. Chicago Tribune noted: "There is a strong pop element in the songs` melodies and structures, a danceable energy in faster numbers and some crisp, ringing guitar work in slower tunes. The material, including Reed`s flat, low vocals, is still moody, but there is a separation between instruments-and between instruments and vocals-that steers the proceedings well clear of anything that could be labeled wall-of-gloom." Trouser Press agreed, stating that "Blow takes the band a giant step forward in terms of melodicism and diversity of sound. Staying clear of the old monochromatic wall of noise, the production gives them plenty of punch and much more warmth..." The change may have resulted in better reviews but the sales were not impressive; Beggars Banquet dropped the band the following year.
Blow (Straitjacket Fits album)
Blow is the third album released in 1993 by New Zealand band, Straitjacket Fits. The album has a harder, less melodic sound than the band's previous albums. This reflects the change of line-up, with Andrew Brough having left the band prior to this album's recording, to be replaced by Mark Petersen. It also reflect's the band's change of recording method (for this album the tracks were recorded live) and a change of producer. The album was described by one contemporary reviewer as "...twisted rhythms, see-sawing guitars, and brash intensity... Straitjacket Fits at their least user-friendly and most challenging."
All the songs on this album are credited to Shayne Carter/ John Collie/Straitjacket Fits.
Two of the tracks from the album ("Done" and "Spacing") had previously been released in New Zealand on the Done EP in 1992, though both were re-recorded for the album. The American release includes one extra track, "Sycamore", which was released in New Zealand as a B-side of the first single from the album, "Cat Inna Can". The album's other single was "If I Were You".
Blow is the surname of several people:
- David Mervyn Blow (born 1931), an influential British biophysicist
- Detmar Blow (born 1867), a British architect of the early 20th century
- Godfrey Blow (born 1948), an artist based in Kalamunda, Western Australia
- Henry Taylor Blow (born 1817), a U.S. Representative and Ambassador from Missouri
- Isabella Blow (1958 - 2007), a British magazine editor and international style icon
- John Blow (born 1649), an English composer and organist
- Jonathan Blow, a video game programmer and designer
- Kurtis Blow, an American rapper
- Sandra Blow (born 1925), an English painter
- Susan Blow (born 1843), an American educator
- Thomas Blow, a provincial level politician from Alberta, Canada
Blow is a controversial energy drink notable for its use of drug culture in its marketing, such as the name of the drink itself, which is a slang term for cocaine. Rather than being sold in liquid form, it was distributed as vials of white powder similar in appearance to cocaine, which were to be mixed with water or any other beverage, and can be bought in large Styrofoam containers made to resemble cocaine bricks. Additional packages on the drink's website were referred to by names such as "The Recreational User Pack" or "The Fiender's Hook-Up" for various quantities. Cases on the website also included free stickers, tattoos, or shirts sporting the brand's logo. The powder has also been distributed along with a mirror and imitation credit card to simulate the "cutting" of cocaine.
Blow's producers have come under fire from parents and other concerned parties, who allege that its marketing targets adolescents and glorifies illegal drug abuse, citing the use of rock music and women in seductive poses on the drink's website, as well as the inclusion of a Myspace link.
Blow (Ghinzu album)
Blow is the second album by Belgian rock group Ghinzu released in 2004. It features the single, "Do You Read Me?", and the song "The Dragster Wave" which was used in the 2008 film Taken and is included in its original soundtrack.
The album was first released on Dragoon, the label owned by the band (and distributed by the indie label Bang!) in February 2004 in Benelux. It was released in France six months later via Atmosphérique/Universal and then in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden via V2. The album cover art for the European release is different from the Belgian version. The Belgian cover shows singer John Stargasm holding his own cut-off head while singing. This was judged too aggressive by their French label (the band was under license of the major Universal via Atmosphérique) especially at a time where American hostage in Iraq, Nick Berg, just had been beheaded. The international album cover shows a negative image of two horses.
Blow was particularly successful in the French-speaking parts of Europe, where the single "Do You Read Me?" became a hit. This allowed Ghinzu to play big summer festivals, like the Eurockéennes de Belfort on July 2, 2005, where the band did a noticed performance on the Main Stage. Blow sold about 100,000 copies worldwide.
Blow (Kesha song)
"Blow" is a song by American recording artist and songwriter Kesha from her first extended play (EP), Cannibal (2010). The song was released on February 8, 2011. It was written by Kesha, along with Klas Åhlund, Lukasz Gottwald, Allan Grigg, Benjamin Levin and Max Martin, with production done by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco and Kool Kojak. According to Kesha the song's lyrics are representative of herself and her fans. "Blow" is dominantly an electropop and dance-pop song and is described as a party anthem as it portrays a simple message of having a desire to have a good time at a club.
Critical reception of "Blow" has been generally positive, with most critics praising the song's hook, opening, and party anthem vibe, though some found the chorus uninspiring and ordinary. Kesha's vocal work throughout the song was met with mixed reaction: some critics felt that she was both sassy and brash, while other critics felt that her personality was missing from the song. Commercially, "Blow" reached the top ten in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and Australia, becoming her sixth consecutive top-ten hit in both countries as a solo artist. The song also reached the top ten in New Zealand, and the top 20 in Canadian Hot 100 in Canada.
The song's accompanying music video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and was released February 25, 2011. The video co-stars actor James Van Der Beek, who plays Kesha's nemesis. Piliero and Kesha came up with the video's concept and is intended to be simplistic, a video that is cool and random. Reception of the video by critics were positive, with the mid-video dialogue scene's humor being highlighted.
Blow (Beyoncé song)
"Blow" is a song recorded by American recording artist Beyoncé from her self-titled fifth studio album (2013). It was written by Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, J-Roc, James Fauntleroy and Justin Timberlake, and produced by the former four. It was set to be released as one of the lead singles following the release of the album along with " Drunk in Love", however, its release was scrapped in favor of " XO".
"Blow" is a disco-influenced R&B and funk song which has several other musical influences and elements featured in it. It received comparison to songs from the 1970s and 1980s mostly by Prince and Janet Jackson. Lyrically it talks explicitly about oral sex and cunnilingus through heavy innuendo in line with Beyoncés sexual tone. Due to several promotional remixes of the song, "Blow" managed to peak at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams and released on the album on December 13, 2013. It was filmed at a roller skating rink in Houston and it features Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles, her background dancers and her female band. The singer's style received comparisons to 1980s fashion and music videos in a similar way to the song itself. "Blow" was included on the set list of the European leg of Beyoncé's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016). It was also performed during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards as part of a medley of Beyoncé's self-titled album. A remix version featuring Pharrell Williams was included on the platinum reissue of Beyoncé in 2014.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Blow \Blow\ (bl[=o]), v. i. [imp. Blew (bl[=u]); p. p. Blown (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Blowing.] [OE. blowen, AS. bl[=o]wan to blossom; akin to OS. bl[=o]jan, D. bloeijen, OHG. pluojan, MHG. bl["u]ejen, G. bl["u]hen, L. florere to flourish, OIr. blath blossom. Cf. Blow to puff, Flourish.] To flower; to blossom; to bloom.
How blows the citron grove.
Blow \Blow\, v. i. [imp. Blew (bl[=u]); p. p. Blown (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Blowing.] [OE. blawen, blowen, AS. bl[=a]wan to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. pl[=a]jan, G. bl["a]hen, to blow up, swell, L. flare to blow, Gr. 'ekflai`nein to spout out, and to E. bladder, blast, inflate, etc., and perh. blow to bloom.]
To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows.
Hark how it rains and blows !
To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.
To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing.
To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.
There let the pealing organ blow.
To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.
To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street.
The grass blows from their graves to thy own.
To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. [Colloq.]
You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face.
To stop functioning due to a failure in an electrical circuit, especially on which breaks the circuit; sometimes used with out; -- used of light bulbs, electronic components, fuses; as, the dome light in the car blew out.
To deflate by sudden loss of air; usually used with out; -- of inflatable tires. To blow hot and cold (a saying derived from a fable of [AE]sop's), to favor a thing at one time and treat it coldly at another; or to appear both to favor and to oppose. To blow off, to let steam escape through a passage provided for the purpose; as, the engine or steamer is blowing off. To blow out.
To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapor; as, a steam cock or valve sometimes blows out.
To talk violently or abusively. [Low]
To blow over, to pass away without effect; to cease, or be dissipated; as, the storm and the clouds have blown over.
To blow up, to be torn to pieces and thrown into the air as by an explosion of powder or gas or the expansive force of steam; to burst; to explode; as, a powder mill or steam boiler blows up. ``The enemy's magazines blew up.''
Blow \Blow\, v. t. To cause to blossom; to put forth (blossoms or flowers).
The odorous banks, that blow
Flowers of more mingled hue.
Blow \Blow\, n. (Bot.)
A blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of
blossoms. ``Such a blow of tulips.''
Blow \Blow\, n. [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to beat, G. bl["a]uen, Goth. bliggwan.]
A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword.
Well struck ! there was blow for blow.
A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp].
The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss (esp. when sudden); a buffet.
A most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows.
At a blow, suddenly; at one effort; by a single vigorous act. ``They lose a province at a blow.''
To come to blows, to engage in combat; to fight; -- said of individuals, armies, and nations.
Syn: Stroke; knock; shock; misfortune.
Blow \Blow\, n.
A blowing, esp., a violent blowing of the wind; a gale; as, a heavy blow came on, and the ship put back to port.
The act of forcing air from the mouth, or through or from some instrument; as, to give a hard blow on a whistle or horn; to give the fire a blow with the bellows.
The spouting of a whale.
(Metal.) A single heat or operation of the Bessemer converter.
An egg, or a larva, deposited by a fly on or in flesh, or the act of depositing it.
Blow \Blow\, v. t.
To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire.
To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore.
Off at sea northeast winds blow Sabean odors from the spicy shore.
To cause air to pass through by the action of the mouth, or otherwise; to cause to sound, as a wind instrument; as, to blow a trumpet; to blow an organ; to blow a horn.
Hath she no husband That will take pains to blow a horn before her?
Boy, blow the pipe until the bubble rise, Then cast it off to float upon the skies.
To clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose.
To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a building.
To spread by report; to publish; to disclose; to reveal, intentionally or inadvertently; as, to blow an agent's cover.
Through the court his courtesy was blown.
His language does his knowledge blow.
To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass.
To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
Look how imagination blows him.
To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, to blow a horse.
--Sir W. Scott.
To deposit eggs or larv[ae] upon, or in (meat, etc.).
To suffer The flesh fly blow my mouth.
To perform an act of fellatio on; to stimulate another's penis with one's mouth; -- usually considered vulgar.
to smoke (e. g. marijuana); to blow pot. [colloq.]
to botch; to bungle; as, he blew his chance at a good job by showing up late for the interview. [colloq.]
to leave; to depart from; as, to blow town. [slang]
to squander; as, he blew his inheritance gambling. To blow great guns, to blow furiously and with roaring blasts; -- said of the wind at sea or along the coast. To blow off, to empty (a boiler) of water through the blow-off pipe, while under steam pressure; also, to eject (steam, water, sediment, etc.) from a boiler. To blow one's own trumpet, to vaunt one's own exploits, or sound one's own praises. To blow out, to extinguish by a current of air, as a candle. To blow up.
To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder or bubble.
To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to puff up; as, to blow one up with flattery. ``Blown up with high conceits engendering pride.''
To excite; as, to blow up a contention.
To burst, to raise into the air, or to scatter, by an explosion; as, to blow up a fort.
To scold violently; as, to blow up a person for some offense. [Colloq.] I have blown him up well -- nobody can say I wink at what he does. --G. Eliot. To blow upon.
To blast; to taint; to bring into discredit; to render stale, unsavory, or worthless.
To inform against. [Colloq.]
How far the very custom of hearing anything spouted withers and blows upon a fine passage, may be seen in those speeches from [Shakespeare's] Henry V. which are current in the mouths of schoolboys.
A lady's maid whose character had been blown upon.
(context now chiefly dialectal Northern England English) blue. Etymology 2
n. 1 A strong wind. 2 (context informal English) A chance to catch one’s breath. 3 (context uncountable US slang English) cocaine. 4 (context uncountable UK slang English) cannabis. 5 (context uncountable US Chicago Regional slang English) heroin. v
1 (context intransitive English) To produce an air current. 2 (context transitive English) To propel by an air current. 3 (context intransitive English) To be propelled by an air current. 4 (context transitive English) To create or shape by blowing; as in ''to blow bubbles'', ''to blow glass''. 5 To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means. 6 To clear of contents by forcing air through. 7 (context transitive English) To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument. 8 (context intransitive English) To make a sound as the result of being blown. 9 (context intransitive of a cetacean English) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which it has taken in while feeding. 10 (context intransitive English) To explode. 11 (context transitive with "up" or with prep phrase headed by "to" English) To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed. 12 (context transitive English) To cause sudden destruction of. 13 (context intransitive English) To suddenly fail destructively. 14 (context intransitive slang English) To be very undesirable (see also suck). 15 (context transitive slang English) To recklessly squander. 16 (context transitive vulgar English) To fellate. 17 (context transitive English) To leave. 18 To make flyblown, to defile, especially with fly eggs. 19 (context obsolete English) To spread by report; to publish; to disclose. 20 (context obsolete English) To inflate, as with pride; to puff up. 21 (context intransitive English) To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff. 22 (context transitive English) To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue. 23 (context obsolete English) To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. Etymology 3
n. 1 The act of striking or hitting. 2 A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault. 3 A damaging occurrence. Etymology 4
n. 1 A mass or display of flowers; a yield. 2 A display of anything brilliant or bright. 3 A bloom, state of flowering. vb. To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.
n. a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle" [syn: bump]
an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured" [syn: shock]
forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff" [syn: puff]
v. exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"
be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"
free of obstruction by blowing air through; "blow one's nose"
be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore" [syn: float, drift, be adrift]
make a sound as if blown; "The whistle blew"
shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"
make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]
spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
sound by having air expelled through a tube; "The trumpets blew"
play or sound a wind instrument; "She blew the horn"
cause air to go in, on, or through; "Blow my hair dry"
cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
spout moist air from the blowhole; "The whales blew"
lay eggs; "certain insects are said to blow"
cause to be revealed and jeopardized; "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"
allow to regain its breath; "blow a horse"
burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"to bloom, blossom" (intransitive), from Old English blowan "to flower, blossom, flourish," from Proto-Germanic *blæ- (cognates: Old Saxon bloian, Old Frisian bloia, Middle Dutch and Dutch bloeien, Old High German bluoen, German blühen), from PIE *bhle-, extended form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). This word is the source of the blown in full-blown.
"hard hit," mid-15c., blowe, from northern and East Midlands dialects, perhaps from Middle Dutch blouwen "to beat," a common Germanic word of unknown origin (compare German bleuen, Gothic bliggwan "to strike"). Influenced in English by blow (v.1). In reference to descriptions or accounts, blow-by-blow is recorded from 1921, American English, originally of prize-fight broadcasts.\n\nLIKE a hungry kitten loves its saucer of warm milk, so do radio fans joyfully listen to the blow-by-blow broadcast description of a boxing bout. ["The Wireless Age," December 1922]
"a blowing, a blast," 1650s, from blow (v.1).
"move air," Old English blawan "blow, breathe, make an air current; kindle; inflate; sound a wind instrument" (class VII strong verb; past tense bleow, past participle blawen), from Proto-Germanic *blæ-anan (source of Old High German blaen, German blähen), from PIE *bhle- "to swell, blow up" (source of Latin flare "to blow"), an extended form, possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).\n
\nMeaning "to squander" (of money) is from 1874. Sense of "depart suddenly" is from 1902. Slang "do fellatio on" sense is from 1933, as blow (someone) off, originally among prostitutes (compare blow job). This usage probably is not connected to the colloquial imprecation (1781, associated with sailors, as in Popeye's "well, blow me down!"), which has past participle blowed. Meaning "to spend (money) foolishly and all at once" is 1890s; that of "bungle an opportunity" is from 1943. To blow over "pass" is from 1610s, originally of storms. To blow (someone's) mind was in use by 1967; there is a song title "Blow Your Mind" released in a 1965 Mirawood recording by a group called The Gas Company.
Usage examples of "blow".
The dust thus blown, from a desert region may, when it attains a country covered with vegetation, gradually accumulate on its surface, forming very thick deposits.
An affray was actually in progress between the Italian Ripaldi and the incriminated man Quadling, but the witness arrived as the last fatal blow was struck by the latter.
Ged veered the boat once more, thinking he had run his enemy to ground: in that instant it vanished, and it was his boat that ran aground, smashing up on shoal rocks that the blowing mist had hidden from his sight.
In their different ways, the French, Aley and Corry, and Faust and Gabrielli and Rob Burns had been set to blow the deal.
Percussion gives a dull sound or if there are large cavities, it is hollow, and auscultation elicits the amphoric sound, as of blowing into a bottle.
But her brother, to whom the blow was new, and the consequences were still impending, was struck with extreme anguish, that while thus every possible hope was extinguished with regard to his love, he must suddenly apply himself to some business, or be reduced to the most obscure poverty.
Susan bending over her fire, blowing at it with expanded cheeks and, between her puffs, scolding at her father, first, for having got wet, then for having stayed wet, and now for being still wet, was to David just as charming as any of the other and milder apotheoses of the Susan he had come to know so well.
Then, thanks to me, the needle in the compass took its true direction again, and the ship, blown to the northeast by that frightful hurricane, has just been cast on the coast of Africa, just on this land of Angola which I wished to reach.
In the mysterious manner of explosions, it sucked the navigator downwards, while blowing the astrodome, and the wireless operator standing under it, out into the night unharmed.
Every blow produced a resounding thud and sent an Automaton to the ground.
The bus had blown up on the Autostrada, and they were rapidly moving away from it.
Pan had meant to kill him by blowing out the airlock in the bacterial separation lab.
This close, the nine-millimeter slugs would blow clean through his chest, splintering bone like balsa wood.
Fort Bannerman on a clear fresh morning when the sky was a pale Arctic blue, so pale as to be almost colourless, and a small cold wind, so tiny as to be little more than a shudder, blew from the north.
He strode towards Alyssa, intent on avenging his comrade, but as he did so his blade flew out to the side and caught Barca a sharp blow on his kneecap.