• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Blow-out The cleaning of the flues of a boiler from scale, etc., by a blast of steam.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A gator in the road is a huge piece of tire from a blow out on a truck, called a gator because the fly up when a truck runs one over and take out your air lines causing you to lose air and forcing your spring brakes to come on which causes a rather abrupt stop.
    • n blow-out A feast; an entertainment; a great demonstration; a spree.
    • n blow-out A recess or hollow in a sand-dune formed by the action of the wind in carrying away the lighter particles. A false blow-out may be formed by the wind carrying forward and depositing a mass of sand so as to leave a hollow region. Blowouts are usually formed in the rear of an obstacle by the action of the wind as it curves around behind it.
    • n blow-out In electricity, a device for blowing out by an air-blast, a magnetic field, etc., the are formed in opening an electric circuit.
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  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.”
  • Michel De Saint-Pierre
    Michel De Saint-Pierre
    “An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?”
  • Walter Wriston
    Walter Wriston
    “The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We seldom lose our faith by a blow out, usually is just a slow leak.”
  • M. R. Dehaan
    M. R. Dehaan
    “It's not necessary to blow out your neighbor's light to let your own shine.”


Blow out of the water - If something, like an idea, is blown out of the water, it is destroyed or defeated comprehensively.


In literature:

It was of a sudden, unexpected, and treacherous blow-out that the young sailor was thinking.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
That plant wuzn't expected to blow out in several years, but all of a sudden it shot up that immense stalk, up, up to thirty feet.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
This was more than Smith could bear; he rushed at his master, and with one blow of his bat knocked his brains out.
"The Beginner's American History" by D. H. Montgomery
Now the only thing that gets me out of bed, or takes me out of doors, is to watch which way the wind blows.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
Whenever you like, you can blow out your breath between these folds of skin in your voice box.
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
He refused to linger, and went out again after a few commonplaces, feeling as if he had been struck a stunning blow between the eyes.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
He knew an' I knew you might blow in an' blow out an' never get word unless I was right here all the time.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
If the candle is sooty, or shows a spark in the wick on blowing out, it is a sign that a letter is on its way.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
You want to blow out, man, and trim up, get your packing set out and carry less juice.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
There they are; and if they was to blow each other's brains out in the gig to-night, I shouldn't be a bit surprised for one.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Waters glisten and sunbeams quiver,
The wind blows fresh and free.
Take my boat to your breast, O River!
Carry me out to Sea!
"Valgovind's Boat Song" by Laurence Hope
With that, there came an arrow keene
Out of an English bow,
Which strucke Erle Douglas to the heart,
A deepe and deadlye blow:
"The More Modern Ballad of Chevy Chace" by Anonymous British
And if any vessel come there,
The winds blow out from the shore,
And at morn, when the wind abateth,
The Isle is seen no more.
"Brandan's Isle" by Cicely Fox Smith
Your feet in the full-grown grasses
Moved soft as a weak wind blows;
You passed me as April passes,
With face made out of a rose.
"An Interlude" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The dreary wind of night is out,
Homeless and wandering slow;
O'er pale seas moaning like a doubt,
It breathes, but will not blow.
"Songs of the Summer Nights" by George MacDonald
The fleet, with idle canvas hung,
Like a brute life, sleeps patiently.
The headlights nod across the cliff,
The fog blows out to sea.
"Gloucester Harbor" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

3 Georgia blows out hapless Ga. Tuesday, December 11, 2012.
3 Georgia blows out hapless Ga. Saturday, November 24, 2012.
3 Georgia blows out hapless Ga.
3 Georgia blows out hapless Ga. View complete forecast.
3 Georgia blows out hapless Ga. Part of the Bay Area News Group.
3 Georgia Blows Out Hapless Ga. National Sports Headlines.
3 Georgia blows out hapless Ga. Back to Sports.
"Get out of the car before I blow your head off," the man with the gun said, according to the victim.
Briar Woods blows out Heritage -Lynchburg 52-0.
Andy Boyar said he was pretty well prepared for Hurricane Sandy, but even so, there are always more things that a person can learn when the remnants of a hurricane blow through and knock out power for an extended period of time.
The wind hasn't stopped blowing in two weeks, and my thermostat switch is worn out from changing between heat and AC.
Coweta blows out Tahlequah, 54-0.
The current production schedule for 2011 is almost mind-blowing as so many new Hummels are reaching out to collectors across the world.
As lawmakers move to trim the national deficit, tax experts say that state and local government officials that leave themselves out of the debate about municipal bonds could suffer a major blow.
Politics Napier Blows Out Crowded GOP Sheriff Field.

In science:

The new system of ODE can be solved in a unique way in a neighborhood of the time of blow up and the solution turns out to preserve the energy E also after this time.
Conservative solution of the Camassa Holm Equation on the real line
Spaces of this type turn out to naturally arise as blow-up limits in many problems related to the convergence of sequences of Bach-f lat metrics, and a complete classif ication would provide a powerful tool for proving that curvature can only accumulate and bubble of f in very specif ic circumstances.
Future Directions of Research in Geometry: A Summary of the Panel Discussion at the 2007 Midwest Geometry Conference
Physically, the negatively charged driver “blows out” the background plasma electrons creating a low density region behind the driver.
Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration
The non-linear “blow out” regime has quite useful properties that make it successful in plasma-based acceleration: it provides the very high accelerating field, which does not depend on the transverse c oordinate, while the transverse fields are focusing both for the driver and for the witness bunch.
Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration
It is much more difficult to reach the blow-out regime with a po sitively charged driver, such as protons.
Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration