Blow vs Stand - What's the difference?

blow | stand |

As nouns the difference between blow and stand

is that blow is a strong wind or blow can be the act of striking or hitting or blow can be a mass or display of flowers; a yield while stand is stall, booth, bench, stand (place to sell items or make deals).

As an adjective blow

is blue.

As a verb blow

is to produce an air current or blow can be to blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) blo, bloo, from (etyl) .


  • Blue.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) blowen, from (etyl) ).


  • To produce an air current.
  • * 1606 , , King Lear , act 3, sc. 2:
  • "Blow', winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! ' blow !"
  • * Walton
  • Hark how it rains and blows !
  • To propel by an air current.
  • Blow the dust off that book and open it up.
  • To be propelled by an air current.
  • The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.
  • To create or shape by blowing; as in to blow bubbles'', ''to blow glass .
  • To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means.
  • to blow the fire
  • To clear of contents by forcing air through.
  • to blow an egg
    to blow one's nose
  • To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument.
  • To make a sound as the result of being blown.
  • In the harbor, the ships' horns blew .
  • * Milton
  • There let the pealing organ blow .
  • (of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which it has taken in while feeding.
  • There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow .
    There she blows ! (i.e. "I see a whale spouting!")
  • To explode.
  • Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow !
  • To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed.
  • The demolition squad neatly blew the old hotel up.
    The aerosol can was blown to bits.
  • To cause sudden destruction of.
  • He blew the tires and the engine.
  • To suddenly fail destructively.
  • He tried to sprint, but his ligaments blew and he was barely able to walk to the finish line.
  • (slang) To be very undesirable (see also suck).
  • This blows !
  • (slang) To recklessly squander.
  • I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.
    I blew $35 thou on a car.
    We blew an opportunity to get benign corporate sponsorship.
  • (vulgar) To fellate.
  • Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?
  • To leave.
  • Let's blow this joint.
  • To make flyblown, to defile, especially with fly eggs.
  • * 1606 , , Act V, scene 2, line 55.
  • Shall they hoist me up,
    And show me to the shouting varletry
    Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
    Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus' mud
    Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
    Blow me into abhorring!
  • * 1610 , , act 3 scene 1
    I am, in my condition,
    A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king;—
    I would not so!—and would no more endure
    This wooden slavery than to suffer
    The flesh-fly blow my mouth.
  • (obsolete) To spread by report; to publish; to disclose.
  • * Dryden
  • Through the court his courtesy was blown .
  • * Whiting
  • His language does his knowledge blow .
  • (obsolete) To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Look how imagination blows him.
  • To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing .
  • To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue.
  • to blow a horse
    (Sir Walter Scott)
  • (obsolete) To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
  • * Bartlett
  • You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face.
    Derived terms
    * blow a gasket * blow a kiss * blow apart * blow away * blower * blowhard * blow hot and cold * blowhorn * blow it * blowjob * blow me * blow off * blow off steam * blow one's horn * blow one's nose * blow one's top * blow one's trumpet * blow out * blowout * blow over * blow someone out of the water * blow someone's brains out * blow someone's mind * blow someone's socks off * blow the whistle * blow up * blow upon * blowup * blow up in one's face * glassblower * mind-blowing * there she blows


    (en noun)
  • A strong wind.
  • We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon.
  • (informal) A chance to catch one’s breath.
  • The players were able to get a blow during the last timeout.
  • (uncountable, US, slang) Cocaine.
  • (uncountable, UK, slang) Cannabis.
  • (uncountable, US Chicago Regional, slang) Heroin.
  • Etymology 3

    (etyl) blowe, blaw, northern variant of , Middle Dutch blouwen). Related to block.


    (en noun)
  • The act of striking or hitting.
  • A fabricator is used to direct a sharp blow to the surface of the stone.
    During an exchange to end round 13, Duran landed a blow to the midsection.
  • A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
  • * T. Arnold
  • A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp].
  • A damaging occurrence.
  • A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=April 15 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Norwich 2 - 1 Nott'm Forest , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Norwich returned to second in the Championship with victory over Nottingham Forest, whose promotion hopes were dealt another blow .}}
    * (The act of striking) bace, strike, hit, punch * (A damaging occurrence) disaster, calamity
    Derived terms
    * blow-by-blow * body blow * come to blows * low blow

    Etymology 4

    (etyl) blowen, from (etyl) 'to bloom').


  • To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.
  • * 1599 ,
  • You seem to me as in her orb,
    As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown ;
  • * 1667 ,
  • How blows the citron grove.
  • * 1784 , William Cowper, Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools
  • Boys are at best but pretty buds unblown ,
    Whose scent and hues are rather guessed than known;
  • * '>citation
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • Such a blow of tulips.
  • A display of anything brilliant or bright.
  • A bloom, state of flowering.
  • roses in full blow .




  • (lb) To or be positioned physically.
  • #(lb) To support oneself on the feet in an erect position.
  • #:
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps,
  • #(lb) To rise to one’s feet; to stand up.
  • #:
  • # To remain motionless.
  • #:
  • #*Bible, (w) ii, 9
  • #*:The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
  • #*, chapter=23
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.}}
  • #*
  • #*:Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  • #(lb) To be placed in an upright or vertical orientation.
  • #*
  • #*:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect.
  • #*
  • #*:He seized the gun which always stood in a corner of his bedroom.
  • #(lb) To place in an upright or standing position.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To occupy or hold a place; to be situated or located.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To measure when erect on the feet.
  • #* (1809-1892)
  • #*:Six feet two, as I think, he stands .
  • (lb) To or be positioned mentally.
  • # To be positioned to gain or lose.
  • #:
  • # To tolerate.
  • #:
  • #*, chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=“[…] if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand' that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't ' stand is to have them togs called a livery.
  • #(lb) To maintain one's ground; to be acquitted; not to fail or yield; to be safe.
  • #*Spectator
  • #*:readers by whose judgment I would stand or fall
  • #(lb) To maintain an invincible or permanent attitude; to be fixed, steady, or firm; to take a position in resistance or opposition.
  • #*Bible, (w) viii. 11
  • #*:The king granted the Jewsto gather themselves together, and to stand for their life.
  • #*(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • #*:the standing pattern of their imitation
  • # To be in some particular state; to have essence or being; to be; to consist.
  • #*Bible, (w) ix. 10
  • #*:sacrificeswhich stood only in meats and drinks
  • #*(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • #*:Accomplish what your signs foreshow; / I stand resigned, and am prepared to go.
  • #*Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • #*:Thou seest how it stands with me, and that I may not tarry.
  • (lb) To or be positioned socially.
  • # To act as an umpire.
  • #(lb) To undergo; withstand; hold up.
  • #:
  • #*(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • #*:Love stood the siege.
  • #*(Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • #*:Bid him disband his legions,/ And stand the judgment of a Roman senate.
  • #*(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • #*:He stood the furious foe.
  • # To seek election.
  • #:
  • #*(Izaak Walton) (c.1594-1683)
  • #*:He stood to be elected one of the proctors of the university.
  • #(lb) To be valid.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To oppose, usually as a team, in competition.
  • #*1957 , (Matt Christopher), Basketball Sparkplug , Ch.7:
  • #*:"Kim, Jack, and I will stand you guys," Jimmie Burdette said. ¶ "We'll smear you!" laughed Ron.
  • #* R. J. Childerhose, Hockey Fever in Goganne Falls , p.95:
  • #*:The game stopped while sides were sorted out. Andy did the sorting. "Okay," he said. "Jimmy is coming out. He and Gaston and Ike and me will stand you guys."
  • #*1978 , (Louis Sachar), Sideways Stories from Wayside School , Ch.21:
  • #*:"Hey, Louis," Dameon shouted. "Do you want to play kickball?" ¶ ""All right," said Louis. "Ron and I will both play."¶ "Ron and I will stand everybody!" Louis announced.
  • #To cover the expense of; to pay for.
  • #:
  • #:(Thackeray)
  • #(lb) To have or maintain a position, order, or rank; to be in a particular relation.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To be consistent; to agree; to accord.
  • #*(Philip Massinger) (1583-1640)
  • #*:Doubt me not; by heaven, I will do nothing / But what may stand with honour.
  • #(lb) To appear in court.
  • #:(Burrill)
  • Of a ship or its captain, to steer, sail (in a specified direction, for a specified destination etc.).
  • *1630 , John Smith, True Travels , in Kupperman 1988, p.40:
  • *:To repaire his defects, hee stood for the coast of Calabria, but hearing there was six or seven Galleyes at Mesina hee departed thence for Malta.
  • (lb) To remain without ruin or injury.
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:My mind on its own centre stands unmoved.
  • *(Lord Byron) (1788-1824)
  • *:The ruin'd wall / Stands when its wind-worn battlements are gone.
  • (lb) To stop asking for more cards.
  • Usage notes

    * In older works, standen is found as a past participle of this verb; it is now archaic. * (tolerate) This is almost always found in a negative form such as can’t stand', or ' No-one can stand… In this sense it is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (term) or infinitive . See .

    Derived terms

    * bestand * offstand * a leg to stand on * stand alone/stand-alone * stand aside * stand and deliver * stand back * stand by * stand corrected * stand down * stand easy * stand firm * stand for * stand from under * stand guard * stand off/stand-off * stand on * stand on ceremony * stand out * stand over * stand-in * stand in for * * stand on end * * stand pat * stand still * stand tall * stand to reason * stand watch * stand up/stand-up/standup * understand * upstand


    (en noun)
  • The act of standing.
  • *Spectator
  • *:I took my stand upon an eminenceto look into their several ladings.
  • A defensive position or effort. (rfex)
  • A resolute, unwavering position; firm opinion; action for a purpose in the face of opposition.
  • :
  • A period of performance in a given location or venue.
  • :
  • A device to hold something upright or aloft.
  • :
  • *
  • *:There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand , and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  • The platform on which a witness testifies in court; the witness stand or witness box.
  • :
  • A particular grove or other group of trees or shrubs.
  • :
  • (lb) A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.
  • A standstill, a motionless state, as of someone confused, or a hunting dog who has found game.
  • *1625 , (Francis Bacon), “Of Truth”, Essays
  • *:One of the later school of the Grecians, examineth the matter, and is at a stand , to think what should be in it, that men should love lies; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets, nor for advantage, as with the merchant; but for the lie’s sake.
  • *1819 , (Lord Byron), , I.168:
  • *:Antonia's patience now was at a stand — / "Come, come, 't is no time now for fooling there," / She whispered
  • A small building, booth, or stage, as in a bandstand or hamburger stand.
  • A designated spot where someone or something may stand or wait.
  • :(ux)
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:I have found you out a stand most fit, / Where you may have such vantage on the duke, / He shall not pass you.
  • The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc.
  • :
  • (lb) grandstand (often in plural)
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=November 11, author=Rory Houston, work=RTE Sport
  • , title= Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland , passage=The end of the opening period was relatively quite [sic] as Vassiljev's desperate shot from well outside the penalty area flew into the stand housing the Irish supporters and then Ward's ctoss [sic] was gathered by goalkeeper Pareiko.}}
  • (lb) A partnership.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 21, author=Tom Fordyce, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= England v West Indies: Hosts cruise home in Lord's Test , passage=England wrapped up a five-wicket victory in the first Test as a stand of 132 between Alastair Cook and Ian Bell saw off an early West Indies charge.}}
  • A single set, as of arms.
  • *1927 , Herbert Asbury, The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld , Paragon House (1990), ISBN 1-55778-348-9, p.170:
  • *:The police and troops captured eleven thousand stand of arms, including muskets and pistols, together with several thousand bludgeons and other weapons.
  • (lb) Rank; post; station; standing.
  • *(Samuel Daniel) (1562-1619)
  • *:Father, since your fortune did attain / So high a stand , I mean not to descend.
  • (lb) A state of perplexity or embarrassment.
  • :
  • A young tree, usually reserved when other trees are cut; also, a tree growing or standing upon its own root, in distinction from one produced from a scion set in a stock, either of the same or another kind of tree.
  • (lb) A weight of from two hundred and fifty to three hundred pounds, used in weighing pitch.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the noun "stand") * at a stand * bandstand * bicycle stand * blow this pop stand * clamp stand * coat stand * concessions stand * cruet stand * dish stand * grandstand * home stand * kickstand * music stand * one-night stand * outstanding * retort stand * ring stand * Sheffield stand * stable stand * standout * standpoint * standstill * take a firm stand * take a stand * take the stand * taxi stand * track stand * umbrella stand * upstanding * witness stand