[ bloh-doun ]
/ ˈbloʊˌdaʊn /
Automotive. a procedure for measuring the compression within an engine to identify certain mechanical defects, such as worn piston rings.
a tree or stand of timber that has been blown down by the wind.
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Origin of blowdown
1880–85 for earlier sense; noun use of verb phrase blow down
Words nearby blowdown
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Example sentences from the Web for blowdown
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.
British Dictionary definitions for blowdown
/ (ˈbləʊˌdaʊn) /
an accident in a nuclear reactor in which a cooling pipe bursts causing the loss of essential coolant
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