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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

blow

1. See throw, 1.
2. The eruption of water and sand inside a cofferdam, causing flooding.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Panelists want accurate information on bad debts to devise the most effective ways to soften the blow for smaller firms from the government's policy of prodding banks to clear bad loans from their books, they said.
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This is one of the toughest taxes to avoid or mitigate, but careful, advance planning can help soften the blow somewhat.
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.
Liberals tried to soften the blow by pushing for job training, transitional child care, and Medicaid benefits.
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.