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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Examples of blowout in a Sentence


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.


blew out a smoke ring and began to tell us a good yarn
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The right-hander who had three consecutive quality starts coming into Wednesday was hit around for eight runs (six earned) in a blowout loss to Chicago. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Chris Rusin assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque after clearing waivers and more Rockies updates," 12 June 2019 The Blues could have easily been deflated after a 7-2 blowout loss in Game 3, but instead came out firing to score within 43 seconds of the puck drop on Monday. Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "Stanley Cup Final: TV, fast facts for Boston Bruins-St. Louis Blues in Game 5," 6 June 2019 The Sixers made eight 3-pointers in the first quarter for the second straight game, the most allowed in the opening frame by the Timberwolves in franchise history, and surged to a 41-20 lead that looked a lot like that earlier blowout. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "In Butler’s return, 76ers top Wolves 118-109," 30 Mar. 2019 Who has time for all the commercial breaks, blowouts and between-play nonsense? David Pierce, WSJ, "The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive and Intense," 17 Mar. 2019 Chrissy Teigen uses her social media to tremendous effect, from teaching us all how to cook to giving the inside scoop about her life with John Legend (including their big, blowout fight at the Kardashian wedding). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ummm, Princess Beatrice Literally Just Tweeted Chrissy Teigen," 22 Feb. 2019 Adora takes Camille and Amma to the dress store because Camille’s all-black garb simply won’t do for the blowout Calhoun Day party thrown at the house. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 9 Biggest Moments From 'Sharp Objects' Episode 5," 6 Aug. 2018 But the Angels last decade repeatedly showed how to win despite a modest run differential: with a good but not deep bullpen, and with winning the close games and losing the blowouts. Bill Shaikin,, "Three up, three down: Paul Goldschmidt has awoken; all six division winners could repeat," 16 June 2018 But as the blowout deepens and the time ticks away, this game erodes into typical all-star schlock. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: In final high school game, Romeo Langford doesn't disappoint the fans," 10 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wind gusts measuring as high as 71 mph (114 kph) blew out the windows of high-rise buildings and tore trees apart, taking power and telephone lines with them, especially in Dallas and its northern suburbs. Fox News, "Dallas crane collapse victim identified as 29-year-old woman," 9 June 2019 Wind gusts measuring as high as 71 mph (114 kph) blew out the windows of high-rise buildings and tore trees apart, taking power and telephone lines with them, especially in Dallas and its northern suburbs. Washington Post, "Dallas crane collapse victim identified as 29-year-old woman," 9 June 2019 Flowing at a rate above 1 psi, natural gas can blow out appliances and force its way into basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 Debris from the engine blew out a window, causing passenger Jennifer Riordan to almost get sucked out of the plane. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Southwest gives $5,000 check to passengers on Flight 1380," 20 Apr. 2018 Florida blew out Montreal 5-0 on Thursday night as Roberto Luongo made 40 saves and five different Panthers scored goals. Matthew Defranks,, "Preview: Rangers at Panthers, 7 p.m., Saturday," 9 Mar. 2018 Made with waterproof vulcanized rubber, this boot is doubled up on areas that often blow out in other boots. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Boots for Stomping Through Mud," 29 Mar. 2019 By 100% freak accident, Elianna put her mouth to blow out at the same time someone blew in the other end, causing the water to shoot directly down her throat. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "What Every Parent Needs to Know About "Dry Drowning"," 27 Mar. 2019 Russia’s national team then provided a historic encore, blowing out Saudi Arabia, 5-0, in one of the most lopsided World Cup openers ever. Kevin Baxter,, "Russia beats Saudi Arabia 5-0 for first World Cup win in 16 years," 14 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for blowout



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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