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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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HEALTH and safety officials claim Boulby miner John Anderson was not following safety guidelines when he was killed in an "extraordinary" gas blowout, an inquest has heard.
They include the geometric center of nebkhas in the depression, the inflection points of buildings, and typical trees; the ground control points are evenly distributed within the study area, and the number of points is increased in areas around blowouts. Secondly, image enhancement for more precise extraction of blowout morphological parameters.
He said the blowout occurred following gas leak in side valve tubing head spool.
In other words, it was primed for a blowout. This became clear during drilling in March and April, when the Deepwater Horizon experienced several "kicks" due to hydrocarbon flows and lost circulation due to formation fracturing.
During more than 20 years of touring with the Blues Harmonica Blowout, Mark Hummel never has brought the show to Eugene.
The State of Alaska's drilling rules were very strong even before Macondo--stronger that the federal government's--and a detailed post-Macondo review of regulations by the AOGCC and outside experts revealed no major flaws except in one area, a specific requirement for a plan to control a blowout, according to Kathy Foerster, another AOGCC Commissioners.
We quantified seed production and viability, floral herbivory and fungal infection on blowout penstemon (Penstemon haydenii S.
Total area of blowouts at sites was our measure of quantity of habitat because blowouts are integral to the shinnery-oak-sand-dune habitat, they are used by multiple species of lizards, they are a critical feature of habitat for S.
Less than 20 seconds elapsed from the time the blowout occurred to the time I laid the bike on its side in the grassy median.
And it was not helped by two tyre blowouts soon after it left Barry Docks, leaving it blocking traffic behind for around 20 minutes yesterday.
You can expect to get crushed when the 'public' teams (New England, Indianapolis and Philadelphia) win in blowouts, but the upside to that is that people who play teasers on the dogs also get crushed.
Firefighter Red Adair (above, and left in typically daring action) has died aged 89 after a life spent tackling blowouts and fires across the world