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: 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 The Pelicans have a three-game winning streak, including a blowout of the Grizzlies on Friday. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Scouting report: Rockets vs. Pelicans," 1 Feb. 2020 Buddy Ryan carried off: The defensive coordinator of the famed 1985 Chicago Bears defense got the same treatment as coach Mike Ditka after a 46-10 blowout of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "The 54 greatest Super Bowl moments in NFL history," 23 Jan. 2020 After the blowout of Damien, the Gaels couldn’t overcome a 23-8 second-quarter run by Fairfax and lost Saturday. Mitch Stephens,, "No. 1 Bay Area team Dublin finishes 11th in tournament with top talent," 30 Dec. 2019 Clemson has won all three of the previous meetings, including a 31-0 blowout of the Buckeyes in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl semifinal. Jill Martin, CNN, "Transfer quarterbacks loom large in the College Football Playoff semifinals," 24 Dec. 2019 Indiana has won three straight outright, including a 107-85 blowout of the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers odds, picks and best bets," 17 Dec. 2019 All those questions leave Amani Gilmore, who played briefly in the blowout of UT Martin but did not attempt a pass, with an opportunity to at least push for the backup job if Wilson returns in time for the 2020 season as expected. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "These Kentucky football freshmen could stake claim to 2020 roles in Belk Bowl practices," 16 Dec. 2019 This season appeared to be providing a glimmer of hope over a three-game winning streak that saw UM rally for impressive victories at Pittsburgh and Florida State and then return home for a Senior Day blowout of Louisville. David Furones,, "A win at Duke can’t erase Hurricanes’ crushing loss to FIU — it can only start the recovery," 29 Nov. 2019 Gregg Williams’ defense was terrific in the 34-3 blowout of the Raiders, stuffing Josh Jacobs and the Raiders ground game. Brad Biggs,, "NFL power rankings for Week 13: The No. 1 Ravens and No. 2 49ers will meet on Sunday; Bears inch back into top 20," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Home teams are now 41-7 this season in league games, with the Spartans having won at Northwestern on Dec. 18 and getting blown out at Purdue on Jan. 12. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Tom Izzo: Michigan State's basketball's two-game road swing is 'separation week'," 22 Jan. 2020 Rice has lost six of its last seven games and was blown out by Southern Miss 81-68 in its last game. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Men's basketball: UNT on a roll heading into game against Rice on Monday," 19 Jan. 2020 Oregon has wins over three ranked teams and blew out Alabama State 98-59 on Sunday to move into the top five for the first time since reaching No. 4 in 2016-17, when the Ducks went to the Final Four. John Marshall, The Denver Post, "AP college basketball poll: CU Buffs just miss Top 25, Gonzaga stays No. 1," 30 Dec. 2019 Utah threw its best punch and got blown out in the conference title game. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks football in a race to matter in more than a Rose Bowl way," 29 Dec. 2019 Then Brian Hoyer took over, won three games and blew out his knee. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Will the Cleveland Browns fire Freddie Kitchens? Here’s my guess...," 28 Dec. 2019 Paint on the bridge had been burned and discolored, and a light fixture was blown out. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Father and son formally charged in connection with 16th Street bridge explosion," 27 Dec. 2019 But Minnesota also has lost to Memphis and was blown out by Phoenix in this stretch. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves have a lot to fix as they work to end 6-game losing streak," 12 Dec. 2019 Brady and the Patriots are going to explode at home on Sunday and blow out a Dallas Cowboys team that is good, but far from great. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "This is when Tom Brady and the Patriots are at their very best," 22 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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25 Feb 2020

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“Blowout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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