from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Failure of a jet aircraft engine, especially in flight, caused by the extinction of the flame in the combustion chamber.
  • noun Sudden failure or disgrace, especially of a very successful or prominent person.
  • noun Physical or emotional exhaustion; burnout.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of flaming out or burning out; extinguishing.
  • noun The act of quitting or failing, especially due to overwork or in a dramatic manner.
  • noun The sudden extinguishing of the flame of a burner (due to obstruction of fuel)


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  • The spokesman also said that federal investigators didn't uncover any basic flaw with the engine, but urged industry after the crash to look at modifications that could help pilots who fail to precisely follow engine restart procedures in case of a so-called flameout, or abrupt engine stoppage in midair.

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  • The novel's black comedy is on display in the opening chapter, as its protagonist, a self described "flameout" in her "previously lucrative career as a professional doormat," discovers a dead body in her co-op's laundry room:

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  • At the time, a GE spokesman said the high-altitude "flameout" created "a scenario that's new for everybody."

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