from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sudden rupture or bursting, as of an automobile tire.
  • noun The hole made by such a rupture.
  • noun A sudden escape of a confined gas or liquid, as from a well.
  • noun A large party or other social affair.
  • noun A lopsided victory or thorough defeat.
  • noun A sale in which the discounts are unusually large.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. a gay or lavish festivity.
  • noun the sudden deflation of an inflatable tire due to a puncture or rupture, often accompanied by a bang.
  • noun the sudden escape of gas or liquid confined under pressure, such as in a gas or oil well, or in a system containing pressurized air or steam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a sudden puncturing of a pneumatic tyre / tire
  • noun a sudden release of oil and gas from a well
  • noun a social function, especially one with large quantities of food
  • noun slang, sports A sporting contest that is decidedly one-sided and whose outcome is no longer in doubt. Often occurs when one team is superior to the other.
  • noun geology A sandy depression in a sand dune ecosystem caused by the removal of sediments by wind.
  • noun Australia an extreme and unexpected increase in costs, such as in government estimates for a project.
  • noun The cleaning of the flues of a boiler from scale, etc., by a blast of steam.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an easy victory
  • noun a sudden malfunction of a part or apparatus
  • noun a gay festivity


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  • A lavish, celebratory meal in the Philippines.

    July 25, 2008

  • And elsewhere, no?

    July 25, 2008

  • A gay festivity.

    October 21, 2009

  • Also see blow-out.

    March 22, 2023