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 retailing giant, which reported a blowout quarterly performance Tuesday, is one of the few winners of the coronavirus crisis that has upended every aspect of modern life and hurt sectors from aviation to luxury. Jinshan Hong,, "Walmart to Quadruple Sam’s Clubs in China After Virus-Led Boom," 26 May 2020 The retailing giant, which reported a blowout quarterly performance Tuesday, is one of the few winners of the coronavirus crisis that has upended every aspect of modern life and hurt sectors from aviation to luxury., "Innovation Park in Andover to be upgraded," 21 May 2020 If not detangled properly, curls are more prone to frizz and a blowout is difficult to get smooth. Nykia Spradley, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Detangling Brushes That Actually Get Through My Knots with Ease," 12 May 2020 The 1969 season was Alabama’s worst in a decade, with an October loss to lowly Vanderbilt, and blowout defeats to Tennessee and Auburn. Creg Stephenson |, al, "What if Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant had taken the Miami Dolphins job in 1970?," 11 May 2020 His total more than likely would’ve been higher if some of Lancaster’s games hadn’t been huge blowouts. Joshua Friemel, Dallas News, "Top returning stat leaders, 5A passers: TD-to-INT ratios off the charts! Frisco Lone Star, Independence QBs go 1-2," 11 May 2020 Hines said competitive equity in the playoffs led to the new model of placing schools for football because there had been so many blowouts and a lack of intrigue in games. Richard Obert, azcentral, "AIA court case begins electronically with focus on football players' size, safety," 7 May 2020 Michigan State made the playoff in 2015 ... does that mean Wisconsin could do it, too, or does that blowout Michigan State suffered in the playoff hurt Wisconsin’s chances with the playoff committee? Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ranting about Wisconsin as a Big Ten playoff challenger to Ohio State this season: Buckeye Talk Daily Pod," 5 May 2020 This inventive It Cosmetics wand borrows its bristle design from the Drybar round brushes used in the salon’s blowouts: The tiny ball tips help align lashes and evenly distribute the formulation to volumize, add length and define. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Beauty Awards," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Italian government bonds as well as European high-yield spreads blew out. Jan-patrick Barnert,, "Europe Shares Have Best Day Since 2016 on ECB’s New Bond Package," 10 May 2020 The explosion early April 2, 2018, blew out the side of the building in the 3700 block of Spring Avenue near Fair Park. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "3 men sue Atmos Energy two years after South Dallas natural gas explosion," 1 Apr. 2020 The Beavers blew out Cal 74-56 before a crowd of 4,545, taking control early behind a swarming 1-3-1 defense. oregonlive, "Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley lead Oregon State men’s basketball to a romp over Cal on Senior Day," 7 Mar. 2020 The Buckeyes blew out the Falcons to a tune of 77-10 with Barrett throwing six touchdown passes. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: How cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens develops players," 25 Feb. 2020 By October, still in the belly of the southern hemisphere’s spring season, fires to Sydney’s west and south blew out of control, and the cloak of a climate change–stained sky settled over the city. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Australia’s Infernal Denial," 7 Jan. 2020 With the Robinson twins -- guards Latrey and Latrell -- leading the break, Chavez blew out Tempe 93-41 Thursday in the first round of the Tempe McClintock Holiday Shootout. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Cesar Chavez hoops moves on without star TyTy Washington, routs Tempe," 26 Dec. 2019 The blast blew out windows several blocks away and knocked over residents in their own homes. CBS News, "1 feared dead after Philadelphia house explosion," 19 Dec. 2019 High winds blew out the windows as rainwater poured in, ruining her furniture. New York Times, "Two Years After Hurricane Harvey, One Group Says It Has Been Overlooked: Renters," 11 Oct. 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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2 Jun 2020

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“Blowout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 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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