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

Still, Gimenez believes it’s becoming more realistic to carry a backup position player who can pitch in an emergency situation and blowout games, especially in this era of specialization. Mark Gonzales,, "Chris Gimenez on the perils of pitching for position players: 'The slope will do weird things to your arm'," 14 June 2018 Time to take your tushie over to Amazon right now to get in on these deals and get your summer blowout game on point. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Revlon Hair Dryers Are All Under $50 on Amazon Right Now," 9 May 2018 However, the Aggies wound up winning just five of their 14 road games and lost their last three regular-season contests away from the Pavilion, including a 79-49 blowout loss to regular-season champ UC Irvine in the finale. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "As UC Davis falls short of March Madness, here's a look back at the Aggies' 2017 run | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The storm blew out the menu marquee and knocked a hole in the restaurant roof but glass windows stayed intact. Stephen Hudak,, "Tavares twister 'nightmarish' for restaurateur but tame in the scheme of things," 5 July 2018 The fire burned so hot that the windows blew out and smoke billowed out. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Remarkable video captures intense house fire battle, dog rescue in Stockton blaze," 2 July 2018 Johnson was on the way to his father's funeral at the time, blew out a tire and stopped on the bridge, according to police. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Man falls to his death off bridge on way to father's funeral in Tennessee," 12 June 2018 Porzingis blew out his knee this season, and Hornacek coached out the remaining months as a Dead Coach Walking. Michael Powell, New York Times, "David Fizdale Is Totally Going to Save the Knicks," 4 May 2018 The incident comes two weeks after a female passenger on a Southwest flight died when an engine explosion blew out her window and she was partially sucked out of the plane. Dave Quinn,, "Southwest Flight with Broken Window Makes Unscheduled Landing Two Weeks After Deadly Incident," 2 May 2018 Facebook screenshot/Amanda Bourman A piece of shrapnel from the explosion blew out a window, and a female passenger was partially sucked out of the gaping hole, sending her fellow fliers scrambling to her rescue, reported the New York Post. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Southwest flight survivors recover in NC home, recall prayer and panic after explosion | Charlotte Observer," 18 Apr. 2018 In Washington, Cousins turned out to be better than Griffin, although Griffin blew out his knee and clashed with coach Mike Shanahan. Mary Kay Cabot,, "With Lamar Jackson visiting the Browns next week, would they draft 2 QBs?," 5 Apr. 2018 In March, the reliever was riding a bicycle to the Padres’ spring training complex when his front tire blew out and Baumann, who was thrown to the ground, landed on his left shoulder. Dennis Lin,, "Manuel Margot returns from paternity leave," 23 July 2017

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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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The first known use of blowout was in the 14th century

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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