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blowout

[′blō‚au̇t]
(electricity)
The melting of an electric fuse because of excessive current.
(electromagnetism)
The extinguishing of an electric arc by deflection in a magnetic field. Also known as magnetic blowout.
(engineering)
The bursting of a container (such as a tube pipe, pneumatic tire, or dam) by the pressure of the contained fluid.
The rupture left by such bursting.
The abrupt escape of air from the working chamber of a pneumatic caisson.
(geology)
Any of the various trough-, saucer-, or cuplike hollows formed by wind erosion on a dune or other sand deposit.
(hydrology)
A bubbling spring which bursts from the ground behind a river levee when water at flood stage is forced under the levee through pervious layers of sand or silt. Also known as sand boil.
(petroleum engineering)
A sudden, unplanned escape of oil or gas from a well during drilling.

blowing

1. See popping.
2. The upward movement of soil material at the base of an excavation or cofferdam as a result of groundwater pressure.

blowout

The flameout of the afterburner, or of the main gas turbine engine, caused by the excessive velocity of incoming primary airflow.
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However they questioned the "silly" decision by mine bosses not to pass down a map to line managers showing where the increasingly frequent gas blowouts were occurring.
The problem, said safety board investigator Mary Beth Mulcahy, was that well owner BP and rig operator Transocean didn't test the blowout preventer's individual safety systems.
Oil and gas well blowouts are susceptible to occur again, but engineers and technicians can minimize damage," he added.
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New requirements include offshore operators demonstrating that they have the capability of handling a blowout, new standards for well design, environmental compliance and other safeguards.
Based on observations of damage, our aim was to evaluate whether insect herbivory or fungal pathogens negatively influenced blowout penstemon seed production or viability, reducing seed available for seed banks and seedling recruitment.
Thus, we used linear regression to test for a relationship between mean size of blowout (site-wide quality of habitat) and total area of blowouts (quantity of habitat), with total area of blowouts as the independent variable.
The popular keratin-based hair-straightening treatment called Brazilian Blowout promises to transform unruly curls into frizz-free, smooth hair for months.
Blowout in the Gulf: The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America, William Freudenburg and Robert Gramling, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2010, 240 pages.
Summary: BP have sued Cameron International Corp for negligence, after a blowout preventer failed to avert the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.