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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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City leaders say they are hoping to soften the blow by agreeing to a proposal from managing group Your Homes Newcastle to freeze service charges for things like communal heating, gardening and concierge services.
Dryden city council is taking a multitude of steps to soften the blow of the layoffs.
For the Palmdale players, Williams' pep talk could only do so much to soften the blow after the Falcons suffered a 24-6 loss to Ventura to remain winless in their finals appearances.
STUART PEARCE may hand Kiki Musampa a permanent deal at Manchester City to try to soften the blow of Trevor Sinclair's injury hell.
It has welcomed Government attempts to soften the blow but said these would be more than wiped out because of revised projections for future gas emissions.
The powers-that-be are attempting to soften the blow to the traditionalists (me included) by stating that we are going back to the `golden era' kit.
CONCESSIONS to families will soften the blow of tax rises announced in today's Budget.
25million pay cheque is certain to soften the blow of his disappointment.
The first action plan drawn up to soften the blow of the sell-off of Rover will be unveiled tomorrow.
Death and taxes may be inevitable, but there are ways to soften the blow.
The additional deducted dollars create significant savings on business owners' 2002 personal tax returns, which could soften the blow of recession-time business losses.
THE decision by the Government to hit fatcat pensions is a PR move designed to soften the blow of upcoming cuts.