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 for blowout

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 What began like another blowout and felt like another dominant performance at hand, had instead turned into something different for Ohio State, something the Buckeyes had not had to endure this season — a test. New York Times, "Ohio State Passes Its First Test of the Season by Beating Penn State," 23 Nov. 2019 Kate finished off the look with a blowout and her hoop earrings from Erdem. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore an Alexander McQueen Gown to the Royal Variety Performance," 18 Nov. 2019 Gone are those routine blowouts and Thursday night games that were barely watchable. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: All those predictions of the NFL's impending demise now seem quite silly," 14 Nov. 2019 The Ravens began the second half of their regular-season schedule Sunday with a 49-13 blowout of the winless Cincinnati Bengals. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Breaking down Ravens’ final seven games: What are the playoff implications, and which games could be flexed?," 13 Nov. 2019 The Alabama commit kept alive one of the most impressive careers in state history with a 55-0 blowout of Keith. al, "Where do top prospects play in 2nd round of Alabama HS football playoffs?," 12 Nov. 2019 Erivo can also move between sweet romantic looks with pink hair and eyeshadow to match, and edgy avant garde vamp beauty with a platinum blowout. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Cynthia Erivo Stays Red Carpet Ready With Her Beauty And We Have The Receipts," 4 Nov. 2019 The white-out crowd was frothing for another blowout and U-M looked ready to roll over. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's 2019 season will be defined by Ohio State game," 30 Oct. 2019 But his defense is atrocious, and that is why the Terrapins appear destined to stagger down the stretch in a season that started with blowout wins over Howard and Syracuse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ramsey shines in relief to help Indiana beat Maryland 34-28," 19 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others shared images of their glass windows blown out from the explosion. Fox News, "Texas chemical plant explosion erupts in flames, rattles homes for miles," 28 Nov. 2019 Smith and Cordero were coming home from an evening out when Smith’s tire blew out. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Freddie Kitchens on Chris Smith’s tragedy: ‘It’s a difficult time; the locker room is hurting for him’," 12 Sep. 2019 Fretting over the doomsday scenario re-ignited late Thursday when Buffalo blew out Arizona. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Doomsday scenario? Kentucky basketball draws another hot-shooting team in NCAA Tournament," 16 Mar. 2018 Avon Lake’s defense registered 11 tackles for loss and allowed just one touchdown as the Shoremen blew out Maple Heights, 38-6, in the Division II, Region 6 regional quarterfinal at Memorial Stadium. cleveland, "Avon Lake dominates from start to finish in 38-6 romp over Maple Heights in Div. II, Region 6 quarterfinal," 9 Nov. 2019 Trojans lose their grip early, get blown out by Oregon. oregonlive, "Before we can talk about Oregon making the CFP the Ducks have to beat ... Oregon State: Issues & Answers," 3 Nov. 2019 Some of the same customers return to the store at 2440 N. State Road 7 on Thursday morning, when the owners blow out any leftover items for 25 cents each. Ron Hurtibise,, "Treasure hunts become weekly bargains at new liquidation store," 31 Oct. 2019 Then, remember when Vern (Donovan W. Carter) blew out his knee playing paintball? Derek Lawrence,, "We interviewed Elizabeth Warren about Ballers, and only Ballers," 11 Oct. 2019 Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep exacted its revenge against Laguna Beach in a major way, blowing out the Breakers 52-14 on Friday night in a nonleague game at Kare Park in Irwindale. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach football loses to Rio Hondo Prep, suffers second straight setback," 11 Oct. 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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2 Dec 2019

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“Blowout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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