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English Dictionary: puff by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
puff
adj
  1. gathered for protruding fullness; "puff sleeves" [syn: puff, puffed]
n
  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
v
  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.
                                                                              --South.
  
      3. To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent
            exertion.
  
                     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.
                                                                              --Dryden.
  
      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]:
   puff
  
      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}]
  
      (1996-10-16)
  
  
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