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

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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

This came after Thomas opined that Wagner was too hurt to have been playing in a blowout loss to the Rams. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Is Bobby Wagner the most underappreciated superstar in Seattle sports history?," 20 Feb. 2019 In mop-up duty of Washington’s blowout victory over North Dakota, the redshirt freshman quarterback completed all seven of his pass attempts in the fourth quarter, throwing for 110 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ty Jones. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen was pleased with backup QB Jake Haener’s debut, but also cautions to keep things in perspective," 10 Sep. 2018 In Game 2, Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a blowout victory, draining an NBA Finals record of nine 3-pointers while scoring 33 points. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Watch NBA Finals 2018: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors," 8 June 2018 But that won't be the end of the celebrations; the newlyweds are slated to host a bigger blowout in the spring. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karlie Kloss Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Her Wedding and Honeymoon," 22 Oct. 2018 Randle, though, a 6-9, 250-pound power forward who scored 25 points in the Lakers' blowout in Miami, took the ball right at James Johnson, Winslow and Olynyk in the post and often scored with ease, using his left hand to scoop and score. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Dragic hits game-winner, carries Heat as Miami snaps 9-game road losing streak | Miami Herald," 17 Mar. 2018 Traders in eurodollars have also seen some unusual options trades in recent weeks that could indicate hedging against a blowout in FRA/OIS. Edward Bolingbroke,, "Fed Takes a Back Seat for Traders Focused on Libor's Big Blowout," 15 Mar. 2018 Republicans have suffered major losses during Trump's presidency, including a blowout in the Virginia gubernatorial race and a loss in Alabama's Senate race. Eric Bradner, CNN, "'The world is watching': GOP braces for potential upset in Pennsylvania special election," 12 Mar. 2018 Memphis is a team with 10 new players this season, a team its own fans seem to consider below the program’s standards — and a team that has beaten UConn twice, including a 24-point blowout in Memphis on Jan. 16. Dom Amore,, "Huskies' Late Rally Comes Up Short As Men Fall To Memphis, 83-79," 25 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The scene ends with Jon's candle blowing out and cold air (usually a sign that White Walkers are near) filtering into the catacomb. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A New Game of Thrones Teaser Shows Jon Snow, Arya, and Sansa Together at Winterfell," 14 Jan. 2019 One week after giving up 27 points in the first half and getting blown out as 16 1/2-point favorites in Buffalo, the Vikings gave up 28 before halftime against LA. Greg Beacham, Fox News, "Rams top Vikings, 38-31, as Goff throws for 465 yards, 5 TDs," 28 Sep. 2018 Scientists describe the effect is described as similar to blowing out candles on a birthday cake. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sweden Dropped a Laser-Guided Bomb on a Forest Fire," 25 July 2018 After travelling about 10 miles, Scott made a U-turn onto the southbound side of the highway, where police intercepted the vehicle and used a spike strip to blow out its tires. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "California woman allegedly steals ambulance, leads police on high speed chase," 15 Aug. 2018 The actress sported an off-the-shoulder white maxi dress with gold polka dots and pretended to blow out two sparklers on a cake that was designed to look just like her dress. Madison Roberts,, "Sofia Vergara Celebrated Her 46th Birthday with a Cake That Matched Her Dress Exactly," 11 July 2018 In 2013, Faid managed to escape from a prison in Lille, France, by taking four guards hostage and then detonating explosives hidden in a tissue box to blow out the prison gates, local outlets reported. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "French convict escapes prison (again) — this time on a helicopter and without explosives," 1 July 2018 The Pacers won 93-90, only to get blown out in Game 6, 117-92. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "The Pacers have always been great at (almost) great seasons," 5 June 2018 Photos and footage posted to social media showed the aftermath of the apparent explosion, which sprayed shrapnel and caused a plane window to be blown out in a chilling episode that one passenger streamed live on Facebook. Faiz Siddiqui,, "Passenger dies after being partly sucked out of plane amid engine failure," 18 Apr. 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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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
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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