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Meaning of billow

bil•low

Pronunciation: (bil'ō), [key]
— n.
  1. a great wave or surge of the sea.
  2. any surging mass: billows of smoke.
—v.i.
  1. to rise or roll in or like billows; surge.
  2. to swell out, puff up, etc., as by the action of wind: flags billowing in the breeze.
—v.t.
  1. to make rise, surge, swell, or the like: A sudden wind billowed the tent alarmingly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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