blow·​out | \ ˈblō-ˌau̇t How to pronounce blowout (audio) \

Definition of blowout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a festive social affair
2 : a bursting of a container (such as a tire) by pressure of the contents on a weak spot
3 : an uncontrolled eruption of an oil or gas well
4 : an easy or one-sided victory
5 : a valley or depression created by the wind in areas of shifting sand or of light cultivated soil
6 : a hair style in which the hair is blow-dried while being styled with a round brush As discovered by one Twitter user, however, [Meghan] Markle isn't just the queen of a beautiful blowout. She has rocked natural curls in the past, which has the internet praising "curls in the royal palace."— Summer Arlexis

blow out

blew out; blown out; blowing out; blows out

Definition of blow out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to extinguish by a gust
2 : to dissipate (itself) by blowing used of storms
3 : to defeat easily
4 : to damage severely she blew out her knee in the race

intransitive verb

1 : to become extinguished by a gust
2 : to erupt out of control used of an oil or gas well

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of blowout in a Sentence

Noun The car crashed after one of its tires had a blowout. We had a big blowout to celebrate his promotion. The game was expected to be close but it turned out to be a blowout. Verb blew out a smoke ring and began to tell us a good yarn
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Washington State had won four in a row against UO, including a blowout win last season. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks showed up best in big games -- and the Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin is a big one," 28 Dec. 2019 The final scoreboard read as a 19-point blowout win over the Colonels (3-6), but Eastern Kentucky hung around for most of the game thanks to Ty Taylor II's 14 points. J.l. Kirven,, "Northern Kentucky handles Eastern Kentucky's pressure to notch second-consecutive win," 9 Dec. 2019 Even after the Pelicans’ blowout win to open the season, the teams were separated by three points over the season series. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Scouting Report: Rockets vs. Pelicans," 25 Oct. 2019 Wisconsin really is as good as the first six weeks of the season showed, this team really is as strong as the blowout wins over Michigan and Michigan State looked. Pete Fiutak, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "College Football Betting Guide: 5 Best Big Game Bets - Week 9," 25 Oct. 2019 The Lions’ failure to convert early in the game quickly translated into the blowout loss. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City closes season with 5-2 home loss to Chicago Fire," 8 Oct. 2019 After suffering a 6-0 blowout loss in a series-opener on Friday, the Giants were shut out for the first six innings while its pitching staff couldn’t contain Atlanta’s lineup. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ play in Atlanta proving why upcoming offseason is so critical for franchise," 21 Sep. 2019 Maddon said the three blowout wins over the Pirates last weekend allowed him to pull Zobrist and other regulars early to get them extra rest. Mark Gonzales,, "Injuries force Joe Maddon to change the script on giving Cubs players advance notice of lineups," 18 Sep. 2019 Dabo Swinney's Tigers are the reigning national champions after a blowout win against Nick Saban's Crimson Tide, marking Clemson's second title-game win against Alabama in three seasons. Aaron Beard,, "Dominant Clemson, Alabama sit atop college football throne," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Home teams are now 41-7 this season in league games, with the Spartans having won at Northwestern on Dec. 18 and getting blown out at Purdue on Jan. 12. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Tom Izzo: Michigan State's basketball's two-game road swing is 'separation week'," 22 Jan. 2020 Rice has lost six of its last seven games and was blown out by Southern Miss 81-68 in its last game. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Men's basketball: UNT on a roll heading into game against Rice on Monday," 19 Jan. 2020 Oregon has wins over three ranked teams and blew out Alabama State 98-59 on Sunday to move into the top five for the first time since reaching No. 4 in 2016-17, when the Ducks went to the Final Four. John Marshall, The Denver Post, "AP college basketball poll: CU Buffs just miss Top 25, Gonzaga stays No. 1," 30 Dec. 2019 Utah threw its best punch and got blown out in the conference title game. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks football in a race to matter in more than a Rose Bowl way," 29 Dec. 2019 Then Brian Hoyer took over, won three games and blew out his knee. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Will the Cleveland Browns fire Freddie Kitchens? Here’s my guess...," 28 Dec. 2019 Paint on the bridge had been burned and discolored, and a light fixture was blown out. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Father and son formally charged in connection with 16th Street bridge explosion," 27 Dec. 2019 But Minnesota also has lost to Memphis and was blown out by Phoenix in this stretch. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves have a lot to fix as they work to end 6-game losing streak," 12 Dec. 2019 Brady and the Patriots are going to explode at home on Sunday and blow out a Dallas Cowboys team that is good, but far from great. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "This is when Tom Brady and the Patriots are at their very best," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of blowout


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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11 Feb 2020

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“Blowout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blowout

: a sudden loss of air caused by a hole or cut in a tire
informal : a large and informal social gathering : a big party
US, informal : an easy victory : a game or contest in which the winner defeats the loser by a large amount

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