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blow

Archaic
Metallurgy
a. a stage in the Bessemer process in which air is blasted upwards through molten pig iron
b. the quantity of metal treated in a Bessemer converter

blow

[blō]
(computer science)
To write data or code into a programmable read-only memory chip by melting the fuse links corresponding to bits that are to be zero.
(electricity)
Opening of a circuit because of excess current, particularly when the current is heavy and a melting or breakdown point is reached.

blow

1. See throw, 1.
2. The eruption of water and sand inside a cofferdam, causing flooding.

blow

To write code or data into a PROM chip by blowing the fuses of the 0 bits. The 1 bits are left alone.
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To soften the blow, in February, the company announced a reshuffling of its top management and said it would 10% of its workforce over the next three years.
Utility lobbyists and their pals in state legislatures are conferring now to work out a process that will soften the blow of the decommissioning or sale of nuclear plants on utilities as new competition only accentuates the economic disadvantages of nuclear-energy production.
Make sure they also know that if it is bad news, we can soften the blow by getting it all out ourselves.
The reunion will perhaps soften the blow for Mossbrucker fans disappointed that he will now dance only part-time with the company, as will Jodie Gates, Meg Gurin, and Daniel Baudendistel, according to company officials.
The executive who considers those options now, and selects the applicable, can soften the blow when taxtime 1996 rolls around.
In developing the accounting standards for pensions and other postemployment benefits, for instance, the FASB listened to its constituents and allowed for a lengthy transition period to soften the blow of adoption, and the board took a corridor approach to reduce the impact of long-term decisions on the income statement.
Chief Asian economist TJ Bond believes the growing strength of domestic demand in a number of Asia countries will soften the blow of weaker export markets in 2005.
When they told presenter Jeremy Vine did they soften the blow with "Don't have nightmares, do sleep well".
Which brings me to my question - what, if anything, is our Labour-run council doing to soften the blow if, and I hope it does not come, the Euro breaks up?
HOUSING bosses have said they will soften the blow of inflationbusting rent hikes with a freeze in service charges.
Cabrera was in Bermuda yesterday for the second round of the 36-hole four-man Grand Slam - and even if he was beaten by the year's other three major winners, last place money of pounds 120,000 should soften the blow.
Liechtenstein 0 Wales 2 WALES ended their dismal run of form to soften the blow of another failed World Cup qualification campaign.