Definition of blowdown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈblōdoun/


1North American A tree or trees that have been blown down by the wind: crews will be removing blowdown for a number of days
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  • They were built as a system of separate fortresses, abatis lines, and on forested terrain, tree blowdowns.
  • The understory data for intact forests matches the regeneration we recorded in blowdowns very closely, suggesting that blowdowns leave the understory undamaged.
  • Although uncommon, large blowdowns generated from inland hurricanes provide an opportunity to study the effects of catastrophic windfall.
1.1The blowing down of a tree or trees: the measures did not prevent mass blowdown
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  • Disturbance rates derived from public land survey data have been widely cited in the literature, because they provide estimates of blowdown and fire occurrence at a regional scale prior to extensive European settlement.
  • We reached the section of the trail where the bikes had to be carried due to copious amounts of blowdown.
  • A freak straight-line windstorm caused a massive blowdown of trees in the area in 1999, and the profusion of fallen timber raised fears of a catastrophic firestorm.
2The removal of solids or liquids from a container or pipe using pressure.
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  • The liquid blowdown stream from the main wet scrubbing system is mixed with a hot flue gas slipstream.
  • Blowdown liquid withdrawn from the recycle acid liquor, may be recycled to the incinerator or further treated by neutralization, precipitation, and filtration of the precipitated toxic metals.
  • Boiler blowdown is essential for the continued operation of any boiler.

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Syllabification: blow·down

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