Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!
1. To flare out in the wind, as of fabric. The sails billowed out as the wind caught them.
2. To flow out of a place or thing rapidly and in a mass, as of smoke. By the time I remembered I had put bread in the oven, smoke was billowing out of the kitchen.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. [for something, such as smoke] to burst and flow outward. At the site of the fire, smoke billowed out. Clouds of ash billowed out of the volcano.
2. [for a sheet of cloth] to fill with the wind. (Especially a ship's sail.) The sail billowed out and we moved forward. Her skirt billowed out when the wind caught it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To surge outward or puff out due to the movement of air: The sails billowed out as the breeze strengthened.
2. To cause something to stretch or puff out: The wind billowed the sails out. The breeze billowed out the sheets that were hung up on the clothesline.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.