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a great wave or surge of the sea.
any surging mass:
billows of smoke.
to rise or roll in or like billows; surge.
to swell out, puff up, etc., as by the action of wind:
flags billowing in the breeze.
to make rise, surge, swell, or the like:
A sudden wind billowed the tent alarmingly.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Presentation Pieces in the Museum of History and Technology Margaret Brown Klapthor
The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
Kitchener’s Mob James Norman Hall
The Boy Scouts’ Mountain Camp John Henry Goldfrap
On the Trail of the Space Pirates Carey Rockwell

a large sea wave
a swelling or surging mass, as of smoke or sound
a large atmospheric wave, usually in the lee of a hill
(pl) (poetic) the sea itself
to rise up, swell out, or cause to rise up or swell out


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