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English Dictionary: puff by the DICT Development Group
8 results for puff
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. gathered for protruding fullness; "puff sleeves" [syn: puff, puffed]
  1. a short light gust of air [syn: puff, puff of air, whiff]
  2. a light inflated pastry or puff shell
  3. exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
  4. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
    Synonym(s): quilt, comforter, comfort, puff
  5. a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin
    Synonym(s): powderpuff, puff
  6. thick cushion used as a seat
    Synonym(s): ottoman, pouf, pouffe, puff, hassock
  7. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke); "he took a puff on his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
    Synonym(s): puff, drag, pull
  8. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff"
    Synonym(s): blow, puff
  1. smoke and exhale strongly; "puff a cigar"; "whiff a pipe"
    Synonym(s): puff, whiff
  2. suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"
    Synonym(s): puff, drag, draw
  3. breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted; "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
    Synonym(s): pant, puff, gasp, heave
  4. make proud or conceited; "The sudden fame puffed her ego"
  5. praise extravagantly; "The critics puffed up this Broadway production"
    Synonym(s): puff, puff up
  6. speak in a blustering or scornful manner; "A puffing kind of man"
  7. to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"; "puffed out chests"
    Synonym(s): puff, puff up, blow up, puff out
  8. blow hard and loudly; "he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain"
    Synonym(s): puff, huff, chuff
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Puff \Puff\ (p[ucr]f), n. [Akin to G. & Sw. puff a blow, Dan.
      puf, D. pof; of imitative origin. Cf. {Buffet}.]
      1. A sudden and single emission of breath from the mouth;
            hence, any sudden or short blast of wind; a slight gust; a
            whiff. [bd] To every puff of wind a slave.[b8] --Flatman.
      2. Anything light and filled with air. Specifically:
            (a) A puffball.
            (b) a kind of light pastry.
            (c) A utensil of the toilet for dusting the skin or hair
                  with powder.
      3. An exaggerated or empty expression of praise, especially
            one in a public journal.
      {Puff adder}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) Any South African viper belonging to {Clotho} and
                  allied genera. They are exceedingly venomous, and have
                  the power of greatly distending their bodies when
                  irritated. The common puff adder ({Vipera, [or] Clotho
                  arietans}) is the largest species, becoming over four
                  feet long. The plumed puff adder ({C. cornuta}) has a
                  plumelike appendage over each eye.
            (b) A North American harmless snake ({Heterodon
                  platyrrhinos}) which has the power of puffing up its
                  body. Called also {hog-nose snake}, {flathead},
                  {spreading adder}, and {blowing adder}.
      {Puff bird} (Zo[94]l.), any bird of the genus {Bucco}, or
            family {Bucconid[91]}. They are small birds, usually with
            dull-colored and loose plumage, and have twelve tail
            feathers. See {Barbet}
            (b) .

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Puff \Puff\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Puffed} (p[ucr]ft); p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Puffing}.] [Akin to G. puffen to pop, buffet, puff,
      D. poffen to pop, puffen to blow, Sw. puffa to push, to cuff,
      Dan. puffe to pop, thump. See {Puff}, n.]
      1. To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs.
      2. To blow, as an expression of scorn; -- with at.
                     It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation.
      3. To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent
                     The ass comes back again, puffing and blowing, from
                     the chase.                                          --L' Estrange.
      4. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated. --Boyle.
      5. To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner;
            hence, to assume importance.
                     Then came brave Glory puffing by.      --Herbert.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Puff \Puff\, v. t.
      1. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
                     The clearing north will puff the clouds away.
      2. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
                     I puff the prostitute away.               --Dryden.
      3. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with
            puffs; -- often with up; as, a bladder puffed with air.
                     The sea puffed up with winds.            --Shak.
      4. To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, or the like;
            -- often with up.
                     Puffed up with military success.         --Jowett
                                                                              (Thucyd. )
      5. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public
            attention to by praises; to praise unduly. [bd] Puffed
            with wonderful skill.[b8] --Macaulay.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Puff \Puff\, a.
      Puffed up; vain. [R.] --Fanshawe.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Puffball \Puff"ball`\, n. (Bot.)
      A kind of ball-shaped fungus ({Lycoperdon giganteum}, and
      other species of the same genus) full of dustlike spores when
      ripe; -- called also {bullfist}, {bullfice}, {puckfist},
      {puff}, and {puffin}.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   puff vt.   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.   Oppose {huff}, see {inflate}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      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}.
      [{Jargon File}]
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