or flame·out

[ fleym-out ]

  1. the failure of a jet engine due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion.

Origin of flame-out

First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase flame out

Words Nearby flame-out

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How to use flame-out in a sentence

  • For no other reason did Rudolph Mendenhall flame out his soul for the Cause and sing his wild swan-song that last night of life.

    The Iron Heel | Jack London
  • They might burn for their country's success, and flame out against those who threatened her.

British Dictionary definitions for flameout


/ (ˈfleɪmˌaʊt) /

  1. the failure of an aircraft jet engine in flight due to extinction of the flame

  2. a complete failure

verbflame out (adverb)
  1. (of a jet engine) to fail in flight or to cause (a jet engine) to fail in flight

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