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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
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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.
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blow

1. See throw, 1.
2. The eruption of water and sand inside a cofferdam, causing flooding.
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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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When we rode away, our main body had already been on the road an hour or two - I speak of our camp equipage; but we didn't move off alone: when Cathy blew the "advance" the Rangers cantered out in column of fours, and gave us escort, and were joined by White Cloud and Thunder -Bird in all their gaudy bravery, and by Buffalo Bill and four subordinate scouts.
I remembered my skiff, lying idle and accumulating barnacles at the boat-wharf; I remembered the wind that blew every day on the bay, the sunrises and sunsets I never saw; the bite of the salt air in my nostrils, the bite of the salt water on my flesh when I plunged overside; I remembered all the beauty and the wonder and the sense-delights of the world denied me.
In another hour it had much increased, and the sky was more overcast, and blew hard.