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blowdown

[bloh-doun] /ˈbloʊˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
Automotive. a procedure for measuring the compression within an engine to identify certain mechanical defects, such as worn piston rings.
2.
a tree or stand of timber that has been blown down by the wind.
Origin of blowdown
1880-1885
1880-85 for earlier sense; noun use of verb phrase blow down
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  • A blazing mass of tops, twisted in a blowdown, fronted them, and they were forced to make a long detour.

  • “The fool Indian ought to make allowance for a blowdown,” he reflected, angrily.

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blowdown

/ˈbləʊˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
an accident in a nuclear reactor in which a cooling pipe bursts causing the loss of essential coolant
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