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

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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

Amazon Prime Day kicks off on July 16, and the retailer’s warming up for the blowout by offering some steep deals leading up to the event. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Anker's fast-chargers and portable batteries are on sale for unheard-of prices for Amazon Prime users," 9 July 2018 At the time, Atlanta led 2-0, but this call was the impetus for the blowout. Avi Creditor,, "The MLS XI, Week 6: Game-Changing VAR, Zlatan's Follow-Up, Orlando Pulls a Man United," 9 Apr. 2018 It’s bad form to immediately walk out of the shower and pick up your blow-dryer and round brush for a blowout. Lauren Levinson, SELF, "8 Mistakes You're Making When You Blow-Dry Your Hair," 14 Mar. 2018 Given all their classic matchups in recent years, perhaps the Trinity-Ballard boys basketball rivalry was overdue for a blowout. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Trinity rolls past Ballard for Seventh Region boys basketball title," 5 Mar. 2018 Bridges, Ward, Langford and Winston combined for 50 points and 23 rebounds in MSU’s 78-51 blowout of Penn State at Verizon Center. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "No. 4 Michigan State basketball vs. Penn State: Five things to watch," 30 Jan. 2018 The Hoosiers were steamrolled in Miller’s first trip to East Lansing, an early 18-0 Michigan State run lighting the fuse for an 85-57 blowout. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Maybe Miller sees growth, even after Michigan State blowout," 19 Jan. 2018 Hildy also suggests the Georgetown Salon and Spa or George at the Four Seasons for TV-ready blowouts. Jennifer Conrad, Vogue, "Inspired by The Post: A Guide to D.C.’s Journalist Hangouts, Past and Present," 7 Jan. 2018 Customers can choose from a menu of nine hairstyles and offers three types of memberships at various cost levels, starting at around $60 for two monthly blowouts. Littice Bacon-blood,, "National salon franchise opening blow dry bar in Metairie," 10 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Highways blew out, homes were destroyed, and rockslides followed; the U.S. Geological Survey calculated that more than 1 million pounds of lead rushed into Lake Coeur d’Alene in a single day. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Bunker Hill Superfund Site Is Still a Toxic Mess, With Legacy of Suffering," 12 June 2016 Experts have confirmed that visiting the store, and subsequently building the furniture, can lead to arguments, or even blow out fights for real-life couples. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Unlucky In Love? IKEA Is Here To Help," 16 Feb. 2016 Of course, the United States didn't qualify for the World Cup in Russia, but one of the teams that finished ahead of Team USA in CONCACAF was blown out again on Sunday in Russia. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Sneaky Panama tried to score while England was celebrating a goal," 24 June 2018 In 2017, an 11-year-old boy invented one called Oasis, that senses when the car has stopped moving, or if the temperature is rising, and blows out cold air, while alerting parents with a text message. Julie Mazziotta,, "What to Know About Hot Car Deaths and How to Avoid Them," 19 June 2018 In astrology, birthday seasons aren't just about hosting parties and blowing out candles (although the latter can be a great form of spell-casting). Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 In the case of MLD, kids who should be in wheelchairs and too sick to attend school now run and play and have friends and blow out the candles on their birthday cakes, all thanks to a likely expensive gene therapy. Maria Kefalas, STAT, "How much would you pay for the miracle of gene therapy?," 3 May 2018 So the COPVs would need to blow out a lot of cold air at super high speeds to push even faster acceleration or deceleration times. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Here’s how Elon Musk might use rocket thrusters on the new Tesla Roadster," 16 June 2018 Mickey Moniak knocked in three runs for Clearwater, the IronPigs thrashed Pawtucket, and Reading was blown out by Harrisburg. Nick Tricome,, "Phillies minor league report: Mickey Moniak leads Clearwater in sweep of Tampa," 15 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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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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