blow·​out | \ ˈblō-ˌau̇t \

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


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

From blowout budgets to movie set–worthy lighting, even the most casual tablescapes look like something out of a Wes Anderson production department. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Fete Home Is the Decor Brand You Need to Know Now," 28 Dec. 2018 Amazon’s throwing another one-day blowout sale on Logitech PC accessories, including keyboards, webcams, speakers, and mice. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Find great PC accessories at all-time low prices in Amazon's one-day Logitech blowout sale," 6 Nov. 2018 Kylie's bday night started off with a dinner, followed by a blowout party. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Juicy Details From Kylie Jenner's Over-The-Top 21st Birthday Party That You Totally Missed," 10 Aug. 2018 Disco Curls Call it the New Romantic effect: larger than life curls made a major come back, giving the polished blowout a serious run for it's money. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Beauty Trends That Broke The Internet in 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 Not yet ready for primetime, but getting there The 24-point blowout allowed Hopkins to empty the bench for the first time this season and get an extended look at freshmen Jamal Bey and Bryan Penn-Johnson. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Three takeaways from UW Huskies’ 83-59 win over Eastern Washington," 28 Nov. 2018 Spirals were giving extra spring with the help of small-sized curling irons, short styles and natural textures were zhuzhed up and topped with product to shine, while long, straight and wavy hair was given the bouncy Victoria's Secret blowout. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018: Why Charlotte Tilbury Didn't Use Highlighter on the Angels," 8 Nov. 2018 The Medicaid blowout will also put pressure on funding for cops and kids. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "ObamaCare’s Red State Trap," 29 Oct. 2018 While the occasional blowout indeed reaches Ariana's scalp, the songstress has waxed poetic a few times about the importance of keeping her hairstyle high. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Poked Fun at Her Ponytail on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

North Carolina lost a close game to Texas in Las Vegas, was blown out by No. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Surprising North Carolina State to face North Carolina," 8 Jan. 2019 In 2016, the Hughes boys basketball team fell one game short of a trip to the University of Dayton after they were blown out by Aiken in the district semifinal to culminate a 9-15 season. Shelby Dermer,, "Hughes blows past Carroll for district title," 8 Mar. 2018 Had McMillan not had Robinson in this game, Indiana may have been blown out. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "3 takeaways from the Pacers' loss to the Mavericks," 26 Feb. 2018 The Cavs went 7-10 since that day, were blown out four times by 24 or more points, and had at least one contentious, in-house meeting that apparently solved nothing. Joe Vardon,, "Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas take high road after Cleveland experiment didn't work," 9 Feb. 2018 Hitting the streets in full Beckham force, the fashion mogul's chestnut strands appeared perfectly tousled and blown out, catching a gusty breeze as though masterfully guided with a wind machine on set. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Has a Major Wind Machine Hair Moment in New York City," 28 Nov. 2018 Advertisement To avoid a 2005 curly-hair-with-straight-bangs flashback, DellAquila first blew out my curls into soft, textured waves. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "I Got Clip-In Bangs and They Changed Everything," 19 July 2018 Their starting pitcher, John Lamb, blew out his elbow. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 Two windows were blown out as a result of the blast, according to a police report. Jerome Campbell,, "East Boston man ordered held on $200,000 bail on explosive charges after apartment blast," 9 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of blowout

: a sudden loss of air caused by a hole or cut in a tire

: a large and informal social gathering : a big party

: an easy victory : a game or contest in which the winner defeats the loser by a large amount

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