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

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 Democrats won a state senate seat by a ten-point blowout in a Wisconsin district that Trump had carried by 17 points in 2016. Allan Lichtman, Time, "Democrats Can’t Survive on Anti-Trumpism Alone," 26 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Skipping Wolfords in place of toned, healthy looking skin, Blunt confidently strode into Good Morning America, revealing her glowing limbs and risky seasonal shoe choice—smooth blow out in tow. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Emily Blunt Steps Out with Bare Legs—and Winter's Best Anti-Pedicure," 17 Dec. 2018 This month, your old concept of failure is being blown out of the water. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 Oct. 2018 Post one pic about getting Astroworld to number one and, bam, Sweetner could be blown out of the water. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "[Updated] OMG Ariana Grande Totally Just Shaded Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner," 23 Aug. 2018 Krajnyak was blown out of the building in the fiery explosion that shook the surrounding area. Michael Balsamo And Amanda Lee Myers,, "Ex-boyfriend of California blast victim arrested on explosives charge," 18 May 2018 In 1990, one of the pilots on British Airways Flight 5390 was blown partially out of the cabin window after its windshield blew out at 23,000 feet. Author: Brenda Goh, Anchorage Daily News, "Sichuan Airlines copilot ‘sucked halfway’ out of cockpit when windshield blows out," 15 May 2018 This, according to the actor, has been blown out of proportion. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Alden Ehrenreich Wants to Set the Record Straight About Solo Acting Coach Rumors," 24 Apr. 2018 Allen's team had just been blown out like a playoff candle by the Pelicans, this time by a 131-123 margin. John Canzano,, "Canzano: Portland Trail Blazers are in need of sweeping changes after playoff exit," 21 Apr. 2018 North Carolina lost a close game to Texas in Las Vegas, was blown out by No. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Surprising North Carolina State to face North Carolina," 8 Jan. 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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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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excited commotion or publicity

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