billow (plural billows)
- A large wave, swell, surge, or undulating mass of something, such as water, smoke, fabric or sound
- To surge or roll in billows
1920, Peter B. Kyne, chapter 2, in The Understanding Heart:
- During the preceding afternoon a heavy North Pacific fog had blown in … Scudding eastward from the ocean, it had crept up and over the redwood-studded crests of the Coast Range mountains, […] , billowing steadily eastward, it had rolled up the western slopes of the Siskiyou Range, […]
- 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, “Chain Gang,”
- The nuns' veils billowed and flapped behind the snaky line of girls as if the sisters were shooing the serpent from the Garden of Eden.
- To swell out or bulge
1983, Peter De Vries, chapter 9, in Slouching Towards Kalamazoo, page 125:
- She had changed her auburn hair. Instead of wearing it in a billowing puff over her brow, she had gathered it into a ponytail, secured with a length of yellow yarn.
to surge in billows
to swell or bulge