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 Sabonis played 37 minutes in a blowout loss to Miami in which his team trailed by 28 entering the fourth quarter. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Missing 2 starters, Indiana Pacers lean heavily on ex-Chicago Bulls to win on road," 11 Jan. 2020 Biggest win: Marquette was a fringe Top 25 team to start the season, but lost some of that attention with a couple blowout losses. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Breaking down the ballot (1/6): Sam Blum discusses this week’s AP poll for men’s basketball," 6 Jan. 2020 Westlake 68, Avon 65: The Demons bounced back from a blowout loss to Perrysburg, as junior forward Justin Garcia scored 24 points on the road. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 12 Rhodes, No. 10 Lorain earn vital wins ahead of Scholastic Play By Play Classic: Friday’s boys basketball roundup," 4 Jan. 2020 The Utes also have losses to Coastal Carolina and Tulane and scored 52 points in a blowout loss to No. John Marshall, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 builds expectations after strong nonconference season," 29 Dec. 2019 Prediction Seahawks 31, Panthers 17 The Panthers put up a strong fight in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints, but their other games over the past four weeks have included two blowout losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers odds, picks, and best bets," 12 Dec. 2019 That was before blowout losses to the New York Jets and Kansas City. oregonlive, "Oakland Raiders vs Tennessee Titans: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 8 Dec. 2019 The Knicks cut ties with Fizdale on Friday after two straight blowout losses dropped them to 4-18 and promoted assistant Mike Miller to interim head coach., "The New York Knicks have made another coaching change, firing David Fizdale after barely 100 games on the job.," 7 Dec. 2019 Coming off an embarrassing blowout loss to the Ravens, the Rams entered Week 13 with their playoff hopes fading. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 14 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The opponent, Michigan, is itself is reeling from a three-loss season in which it was blown out by Ohio State and narrowly escaped a home loss to Army. Mike Rodak |, al, "What is Alabama able to prove in the Citrus Bowl?," 31 Dec. 2019 No need to be like the nodosaur who blows out the menorah’s lights when no one is looking. Ryan E. Smith,, "Hanukkah books for kids come with important lessons," 20 Dec. 2019 Even for a team on the backslide the Colts are on -- now losers of six of their past seven -- this is not a team that usually gets blown out. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts coach Frank Reich on Monday night debacle: 'Make no mistake, that is on me'," 17 Dec. 2019 The only team of fall out of the rankings was Virginia, which was blown out by Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Ralph D. Russo, The Denver Post, "AP college football poll: LSU finishes season No. 1, Air Force climbs to No. 24," 8 Dec. 2019 Michigan hasn't won a bowl game since Jim Harbaugh's first season, when a resurgent squad blew out Florida in the Citrus Bowl. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Alabama in the Citrus Bowl: Three things we're watching," 8 Dec. 2019 The first came in 2014 when OSU blew out Wisconsin, 59-0, on its way to winning a national championship. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Ohio State vs. Wisconsin in Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis | How to buy tickets, book flights, hotels for Dec. 7 game," 1 Dec. 2019 The first blast, which blew out the windows and doors of nearby homes, injured three workers. CBS News, "60,000 people forced to evacuate after explosions at Texas chemical plant," 27 Nov. 2019 That semifinal will be played next Saturday at a site to be determined at 6 p.m. Chandler will face 4A Tucson Salpointe Catholic, which blew out 6A Phoenix Pinnacle, in the other Open semifinal at a neutral site to be determined. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Hamilton's run continues to Open Division semifinals with win at No. 2 Centennial," 15 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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14 Jan 2020

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“Blowout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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