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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
be blown to bits (=by a bomb)
▪ A bus shelter nearby was blown to bits.
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.]

  1. 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 !

  2. To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.

  3. To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.

    Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing.

  4. To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.

    There let the pealing organ blow.

  5. To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.

  6. 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.
    --M. Arnold.

  7. To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. [Colloq.]

    You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    1. To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapor; as, a steam cock or valve sometimes blows out.

    2. 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.''


Blown \Blown\, p. p. & a.

  1. Swollen; inflated; distended; puffed up, as cattle when gorged with green food which develops gas.

  2. Stale; worthless.

  3. Out of breath; tired; exhausted. ``Their horses much blown.''
    --Sir W. Scott.

  4. Covered with the eggs and larv[ae] of flies; fly blown.


Blown \Blown\, p. p. & a. Opened; in blossom or having blossomed, as a flower.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "inflated," from Old English blawen, past participle of blow (v.1). Figurative sense of "inflated by pride" is from late 15c. Meaning "out of breath" is from 1670s. As a past participle adjective from blow (v.2), it was Old English geblowenne.

  1. 1 distended, swollen or inflated 2 panting and out of breath 3 (context of glass English) form by blowing 4 Under the influence of drugs, especially marijuana. 5 (context obsolete English) stale; worthless 6 Covered with the eggs and larvae of flies; flyblown. 7 (context automotive English) Given a hot rod blower v

  2. (past participle of blow English)

  1. adj. being moved or acted upon by moving air or vapor; "blown clouds of dust choked the riders"; "blown soil mounded on the window sill"

  2. (of glass) formed by forcing air into a molten ball; "blown glass"

  3. breathing laboriously or convulsively [syn: gasping, out of breath(p), panting, pursy, short-winded, winded]


See blow

  1. n. a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"

  2. an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle" [syn: bump]

  3. an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: reverse, reversal, setback, black eye]

  4. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured" [syn: shock]

  5. a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust" [syn: gust, blast]

  6. street names for cocaine [syn: coke, nose candy, snow, C]

  7. 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]

  8. [also: blown, blew]

  1. v. exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"

  2. be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"

  3. free of obstruction by blowing air through; "blow one's nose"

  4. 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]

  5. make a sound as if blown; "The whistle blew"

  6. shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"

  7. 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]

  8. spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree" [syn: waste, squander] [ant: conserve]

  9. spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"

  10. sound by having air expelled through a tube; "The trumpets blew"

  11. play or sound a wind instrument; "She blew the horn"

  12. provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation [syn: fellate, go down on]

  13. cause air to go in, on, or through; "Blow my hair dry"

  14. cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"

  15. spout moist air from the blowhole; "The whales blew"

  16. leave; informal or rude; "shove off!"; "The children shoved along"; "Blow now!" [syn: shove off, shove along]

  17. lay eggs; "certain insects are said to blow"

  18. cause to be revealed and jeopardized; "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"

  19. show off [syn: boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, bluster, vaunt, gasconade]

  20. allow to regain its breath; "blow a horse"

  21. melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew" [syn: blow out, burn out]

  22. burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"

  23. [also: blown, blew]


Usage examples of "blown".

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.

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.

The bus had blown up on the Autostrada, and they were rapidly moving away from it.

By midmorn-ing they have reached the Chinese rover, squat as a black bug in the shadow of the slip face of one of the swarm of barchan dunes blown along the eastern side of the Chasma Boreale.

By midmorning they have reached the Chinese rover, squat as a black bug in the shadow of the slip face of one of the swarm of barchan dunes blown along the eastern side of the Chasma Boreale.

Commissioning Day festivities, and Leah had blown up at Micah in the junior wardroom in a way that reminded Barin painfully of Esmay.

With the blader gaining speed from behind and the crowd pressing closer in front of him, Barry knew his opportunity to be alone today had blown away with the San Francisco wind, eaten away by the aggressive needs of the crowds that never stopped coming to see him.

The blizzard winds had blown earth from the fields where the sod was broken, and had mixed it with snow packed in so tightly in the railroad cuts that snowplows could not move it.

The fans were stl too, although the weather had changed sharply overnight, the thick muggy air blown away and replaced by one of those clear blue-and-white days that were more spring than summer, so that, like Nadine, she wore a sweater buttoned over her blou ise.

Though he eyed The Shadow suspiciously for a short while, Bronden finally decided that the prisoner could not have been responsible for the blown fuses.

If we are killed in an ambush or blown up on a mine, we will be wearing clean brookies, our best dresses, red and black necklaces made out of the very poisonous seeds from lucky-bean trees.

No more for him the blown sands of Forth, and the broomy uplands, and his snug little study in whose drawers lay the unpublished masterpieces of youth.

Boca Osa was not in the least pleased to be forced to afford lodging to armed troops of the excommunicant French trespassers, still less to courteously entertain their snobbish officers, some of whom he recognized anyway as men he and his expeditionary force had driven out of this very town after their suicidal commander had blown up the French fort with him in it.

His helmsman had been blown apart by a half-dozen exploding bullets and every man present on the bridge was dead.

He asked Ged about Gont, and then spoke fondly of his own home isles of the East Reach, telling how the smoke of village hearthfires is blown across that quiet sea at evening between the small islands with funny names: Korp, Kopp, and Holp, Venway and Vemish, Ifiish, Koppish, and Sneg.