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 Crimsix and iLLeY were quick to display the CDL may still be a two-team race at the moment against Seattle though, contributing to the biggest blowout of pool play. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘Clayster,’ Dallas Empire make work of art in 3-0 sweep of Seattle, advance to tournament semifinal," 14 June 2020 And see below for a few of our top picks from the blowout. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Vineyard Vines is taking up to 70% off sale styles," 7 July 2020 The Shock win this in a blowout, as San Francisco cruises to another tournament win. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "OWL Summer Showdown bracket prediction: Can anyone stop the San Francisco Shock?," 2 July 2020 And, the current & Other Stories summer blowout is no exception to this unfortunate rule. Emily Ruane,, "So Many New Dresses Added To The & Other Stories Summer Sale," 2 July 2020 Three-piece sets are also on sale as part of the retailer’s Independence Day blowout. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "3-piece bedding sets are on sale from $25 at Macy's—but only for a limited time," 30 June 2020 In Game 5, Detroit turned a 10-point halftime lead into a blowout. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Detroit Pistons complete '5-game sweep' of Shaq-Kobe Lakers, 16 years ago," 15 June 2020 Dallas’ early strategy resulted in a blowout in its favor. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Empire show patience, handle Minnesota Rokkr 3-1 in tournament opener," 13 June 2020 He's had first-hand looks at Ohio State's football dominance over Michigan, including blowout wins in 2018 and 2019. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Last time Michigan football beat Ohio State? New Detroit Tiger Dillon Dingler was in 8th grade," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In several attempts, the candle’s flame flickers but does not blow out. Fox News, "Bill Nye tests out coronavirus mask materials in video," 10 July 2020 In turn, the black holes blow out huge amounts of high-speed material that can drive the evolution of the entire cluster. Scientific American, "Black Hole BLOWBACK," 1 July 2020 There is a very deep one right after crossing Central on the left-hand side right at a pedestrian crosswalk that could blow out a tire, possibly causing a serious accident. John Thompson, ajc, "TAKE TO TASK," 9 May 2020 Other tourists lined up to buy tickets to the Tomb Rider 3D adventure ride, which was blowing out Vegas-casino-like air-conditioning onto the street. Elaine Ayala,, "Tourists flock to corner across the Alamo and fail to see the history there," 30 July 2019 Italian government bonds as well as European high-yield spreads blew out. Jan-patrick Barnert,, "Europe Shares Have Best Day Since 2016 on ECB’s New Bond Package," 10 May 2020 The explosion early April 2, 2018, blew out the side of the building in the 3700 block of Spring Avenue near Fair Park. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "3 men sue Atmos Energy two years after South Dallas natural gas explosion," 1 Apr. 2020 The Beavers blew out Cal 74-56 before a crowd of 4,545, taking control early behind a swarming 1-3-1 defense. oregonlive, "Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley lead Oregon State men’s basketball to a romp over Cal on Senior Day," 7 Mar. 2020 The Buckeyes blew out the Falcons to a tune of 77-10 with Barrett throwing six touchdown passes. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: How cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens develops players," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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28 Jul 2020

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“Blowout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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