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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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People really look forward to it and say 'I know it's Christmas when Puffing Billy is around'.
The technique developed will be useful for the large-scale puffing of amaranth, when it is required to control temperature and residence time.
Early steam engines like Puffing Billy were the cutting edge technology of the period and helped pave the way for the future development of modern railways across the world.
Now 50p from the sale of every Puffing Billy book will go to CHUF in recognition of the care Caden, who lives with his parents in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, received.
The Puffing Billy Festival aims to help more people discover the story of William Hedley and his Wylam locomotive.
Ian Morrell, 53, from South Hetton, County Durham, spent hours riding on the Puffing Billy road train at the camp in Filey, North Yorkshire.
Behind the clouds of smoke is a cadre of regulars who spend their afternoons with their tavern friends, puffing away and sipping from longnecks or cocktail glasses.
Puffing Billy Festival, inspired by the train of the same name launches on Wednesday, September 4, The programme of talks about the history of early railways has been put together by group Friends of Puffing Billy, which formed earlier this year and is supported by Beamish Museum in County Durham.