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billowing

[ bil-oh ]SEE DEFINITION OF billowing

Synonyms for billowing

  • undulate
  • balloon
  • belly
  • bloat
  • bounce
  • bulge
  • heave
  • pitch
  • ripple
  • rock
  • roll
  • swell
  • toss
  • wave
  • ebb and flow
  • puff up
  • rise and fall
  • rise up
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Antonyms for billowing

  • shrink
  • stabilize
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BILLOWING

He could see it more clearly now, billowing upward in grim portent.

"You said it, Donny-boy," said the misty man by the billowing curtains.

It was as if a sea in unmeasured storm were billowing nearer and nearer.

No, it is no gull, it is the wonder-ship flying along with billowing sails.

The slope above them was almost covered by the billowing spheres.

But for some time he could see nothing but the billowing crests of the waves.

Not at all disquieting; merely a shifting, billowing cloud mass.

The sail of the overturned iceboat was billowing like a parachute.

The brook is billowing and foaming; there are wide circles on the surface.

The floor was billowing; he saw many candles where he knew there was only one.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, perhaps older in dialectal use, from Old Norse bylgja "a wave, a billow," from Proto-Germanic *bulgjan (cf. Middle High German bulge "billow, bag"), from PIE *bhelgh- "to swell" (see belly (n.)).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BILLOWING

baggy

adjectivedrooping
  • billowing
  • bulging
  • droopy
  • flabby
  • floppy
  • ill-fitting
  • loose
  • oversize
  • roomy
  • sagging
  • slack
  • unshapely
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