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puff

[pəf]
(electricity)
(mechanical engineering)
A small explosion within a furnace due to combustion conditions.

puff

(algorithm)
To decompress data that has been crunched by Huffman coding. At least one widely distributed Huffman decoder program was actually *named* "PUFF", but these days it is usually packaged with the encoder.

Opposite: huff.
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Potential licensees in the feminine hygiene accessories industry are currently being targeted as candidates to eventually commercialize the Poof on a worldwide basis.
Jaelyn made a border for page 3 when Poof is enjoying his Spring Break.
Year Of The Fan Events Include The Ultimate "South Park" Fan Experience At Comic-Con 2011 In San Diego, A Behind-The-Scenes "South Park" Documentary To Air On COMEDY CENTRAL, Cheesy Poofs, All-New "South Park" Merchandise And A Travelling Art Exhibit Curated By Ron English
I was bullied consistently for no other reason than my sexuality, daily having to put up with either being referred to as a poof or having her talk of homosexuality or sex.
POOF-Slinky manufactures the POOF foam ball line and Slinky spring toys in the United States.
Both Ohio Art and POOF Slinky are inviting schools, family groups, filmmakers, animators and art students all over the world to submit their videos.
We are equally delighted to begin production on `The Jennie Project' and `The Poof Point,' two terrific examples of Disney Channel's signature programming at its finest.
Now, I just click a button and poof, the document's in my Emma library, and my email links right to it.
Based in Plymouth, Michigan, Poof-Slinky is a leading manufacturer of Poof foam sport balls in North America and maker of the world famous Slinky manufactured with pride in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
Quite simply, the Blazers waved a magic wand, uttered the word abracadabra, wrinkled their noses and then poof, they made 7-foot-1, 305- pound Shaquille O'Neal disappear.
I heard a poof from my home and then saw a flash of white light and then flames shot up.
A growth story, POOF Products sales have risen over 500 percent from 1991 to 1998.