Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun billow

1 sense of billow

Sense 1
billow, surge -- (a large sea wave)
       => wave, moving ridge -- (one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water))

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb billow

4 senses of billow

Sense 1
billow, wallow -- (rise up as if in waves; "smoke billowed up into the sky")
       => soar, soar up, soar upwards, surge, zoom -- (rise rapidly; "the dollar soared against the yen")

Sense 2
billow -- (move with great difficulty; "The soldiers billowed across the muddy riverbed")
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast")

Sense 3
billow, surge, heave -- (rise and move, as in waves or billows; "The army surged forward")
       => inflate, blow up -- (fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons")

Sense 4
balloon, inflate, billow -- (become inflated; "The sails ballooned")
       => expand -- (become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly")

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