flame out

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flame + out


flame out (third-person singular simple present flames out, present participle flaming out, simple past and past participle flamed out)

  1. (now rare) To become suddenly angry; to break out into indignation or similar emotion; to flare up. [from 16th c.]
  2. (of processes and equipment involving combustion) To fail due to extinction of flame. [from 20th c.]
    • 1967, American Labor Arbitration Awards, vol. 11, Prentice-Hall,
      If on flame out, steam pressure goes below 75# you must go back on gas to return [....] The grievant replied that If he did so, the boiler would flame out.
    • 2000, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hot mix asphalt plants technical systems audit of testing at plant "C", EPA-454R-00-026,
      On 24 July 1998, the silo THC analyzer's FID flamed out and could not be relighted.
    • 2004, Philip P. Walsh and Paul Fletcher, Gas Turbine Performance, page 487:
      Restarting in flight is a very important engine capability for all aircraft, as occasionally engines do flame out.
    • 2007 January 9, National Transportation Safety Board, “2.2.2 Aerodynamic Stall and Upset Event”, in Aircraft Accident Report: Crash of Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701, Bombardier CL-600-2B19, N8396A, Jefferson City, Missouri, October 14, 2004[1], archived from the original on 15 March 2022, retrieved 16 June 2022, page 46:
      While the pitch angle was decreasing, a left rolling motion began, which eventually reached 82º left wing down, and the N1 and fuel flow indications for both engines declined steadily to zero, indicating that both engines had flamed out. The Safety Board concludes that the upset event exposed both engines to inlet airflow disruption conditions that led to engine stalls and a complete loss of engine power.
  3. (figuratively) To fail, usually spectacularly.