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Blower

Blower may refer to:

  • USS Blower (SS-325), a submarine of the United States Navy
  • a ducted centrifugal fan, especially when used in a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system
  • a supercharger on an internal-combustion engine
  • a device to increase the draught of a locomotive (see blastpipe)
  • the telephone, for which the blower is a slang term, especially in the United Kingdom. The slang came from the Royal Naval ships prior to telephones. Communication was direct, through a voice pipe. The pipe had a whistle inserted at each end. When a message was to be passed, the caller would remove the whistle at his end, place his mouth into the cavity, sealing it. He would then blow hard. The whistle at the other end would attract the man on watch. He would remove his whistle and call into the pipe. Conversations over, both whistles were replaced.
  • Party blower a device for making noises at a party.
  • Leaf blower, a gardening tool
  • Heterodon platirhinos, a.k.a. the eastern hog-nosed snake, found in North America
  • Blower (surname)
  • Henry Blofeld (born 1939), British sports journalist nicknamed "BLOWER"
  • a braggart, or loud talker. [Slang] --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]

Blower (surname)

Blower is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Christine Blower (born 1951), trade unionist
  • Michael Blower (born 1929), British architect
  • Tom Blower (1914–1955), British swimmer
The Collaborative International Dictionary

blower

Puffer \Puff"er\, n.

  1. One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant commendation.

  2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder.
    --Bouvier.

  3. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of Tetrodon and Diodon of the family Tetraodontidae; -- called also blower, puff-fish, swellfish, and globefish. They are highly poisonous due to the presence of glands containing a potent toxin, tetrodotoxin. Nevertheless they are eaten as a delicacy in Japan, being prepared by specially licensed chefs who remove the poison glands.

    2. The common, or harbor, porpoise.

  4. (Dyeing) A kier.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

blower

noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a snow blower
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Are they coming to mow the lawn or to liberate the hostages with rakes, clippers and blowers?
▪ Huge blowers circulate the entire air of Bio2 several times in one day.
▪ It was just me at home on the blower, learning about all the various bits of it.
▪ New waterwheels were finished, as were new pumps and exhaust blowers for the acid towers.
▪ Or has rapper Puff been on the blower from New York with a few choice words?
▪ Some of the blower motors they were making for Ford car heaters were noisy.
▪ The shower will stop automatically and warm air blowers will dry you off.
▪ To use the Blower Vac in blower mode, a two-piece hard plastic nozzle is fitted to the front.
Wiktionary

blower

n. 1 A person who blows. 2 Any device that blows. 3 {{context|slang|dated|chiefly|British|usually preceded by (term the English)|lang=en}} telephone. 4 A ducted fan, usually part of a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning system. 5 (context dated English) A braggart, or loud talker. 6 The whale; so called by seamen, from its habit of spouting up a column of water. 7 A small fish of the Atlantic coast, ''Tetrodon turgidus''; the puffer.

WordNet

blower

  1. n. a device that produces a current of air

  2. a fan run by an electric motor [syn: electric fan]

  3. a mechanical device that blows air onto a fire to make it burn more fiercely [syn: bellows]

  4. large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals [syn: cetacean, cetacean mammal]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

blower

early 12c. (originally of horn-blowers), from Old English blawere, agent noun from blow (v.1). Of mechanical devices from 1795.

Usage examples of "blower".

The larger stores either had or contracted for plows, blowers and melters, which were simply road fusers set on low heat.

Other bare combs of Ivory, and declared by their gesture and motions of their armes, that they were ordained and readie to dresse the goddesse : Others dropped in the wayes as they went Balme and other pretious ointments : Then came a great number, as well of men as women, with Candels, torches, and other lights, doing honour to the celestiall goddesse : After that sounded the musical harmony of instruments : then came a faire companie of youth, apparelled in white vestiments, singing both meter and verse, with a comely grade which some studious Poet had made in honour of the Muses : In the meane season, arrived the blowers of trumpets, which were dedicated unto Serapes, and to the temple before them were officers and beadles, preparing roome for the goddess to passe.

Sergeant Horthy looked around the six blowers and twenty-three men that made up Firebase Bolo.

The larger stores either had or contracted for plows, blowers and melters, which were simply road fusers set on low heat.

She peered curiously at the storerooms and shedlike workshops, catching glimpses of basket makers and glass blowers still at work, of hundreds of stacked wine jars, mountains of baled linen, the neat rows of a kitchen garden.

In the middle of Silesia, a region which is not as familiar to me as Koshnavia south of Konitz, the tank went into position and backed up, for purposes of camouflage, into a wooden shed which some Silesian glass blowers had filled with their products.

Medics dowsed the two with fresh water, plucked away the leeches, cut away their garments, all the while injecting them with painkillers and drying them off with crumpled veils of gauze and a hot air blower.

It seemed to me that I had spent my whole life being other people, safe blowers, fraudsmen, a few rather gentle murderers.

The catchsack normally attached to the blower in the rear was missing.

He had a blower system then that worked off the heat generated by the woodstove, and the system had been fine, assuming the woodstove stayed lit.

Twice he had to turn up the air blower in his helmet to clear the sweaty fog from his faceplate.

There was the whine of the blowers as she dried off, and then she ran through the hot room on her way back into the solarium.

Criminals often use brooms or even leaf blowers to destroy or confuse the evidence at crime scenes.

The members who composed it were, seven-eighths of them, office-holders, office-seekers, pimps, malignants, conspirators, murderers, fancy-men, custom-house clerks, contractors, kept-editors, spaniels well-train’d to carry and fetch, jobbers, infidels, disunionists, terrorists, mail-riflers, slave-catchers, pushers of slavery, creatures of the President, creatures of would-be Presidents, spies, blowers, electioneerers, bawlers, bribers, compromisers, lobbyers, sponges, ruined sports, expell’d gamblers, policy-backers, monte-dealers, duelists, carriers of conceal’d weapons, deaf’ men, pimpled men, scarr’d inside with vile disease, gaudy outside with gold chains made from the people’s money and harlot’s money twisted together.

A battery-powered blower, worn at the waist, drives filtered air into the helmet, keeping it under positive pressure, so that infective bioparticles in the air will not sneak in.