What does blowback mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blowback, backfire(noun)

    the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

  2. blowback(noun)

    misinformation resulting from the recirculation into the source country of disinformation previously planted abroad by that country's intelligence service


  1. blowback(Noun)

    A type of action where the pressure from the fired cartridge blows a sliding mechanism backward to extract the fired cartridge, chamber another cartridge, and cock the hammer.

  2. blowback(Noun)

    An unintended adverse result, especially of a political action.

  3. blowback(Noun)

    The act of shotgunning (inhaling from a pipe etc. and exhaling into another smoker's mouth).


  1. Blowback

    Blowback is a system of operation for self-loading firearms that obtains energy from the motion of the cartridge case as it is pushed to the rear by expanding gases created by the ignition of the propellant charge. Several types of blowback systems exist within this broad principle of operation, each distinguished by the level of energy derived through the blowback principle and the methods used to control bolt movement. In most actions that use blowback operation, the breech is not locked mechanically at the time of firing: the inertia of the bolt and recoil spring, relative to the weight of the bullet, delays opening of the breech until the bullet has left the barrel. A few locked breech designs use a form of blowback to perform the unlocking function. Other operating principles for self-loading firearms include blow forward, gas operation, recoil operation, Gatling, and chain. The blowback principle may be considered a simplified form of gas operation, since the cartridge case behaves like a piston driven by the powder gases.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. blowback

    1. Escape, to the rear and under pressure, of gases formed during the firing of the weapon. Blowback may be caused by a defective breech mechanism, a ruptured cartridge case, or a faulty primer. 2. Type of weapon operation in which the force of expanding gases acting to the rear against the face of the bolt furnishes all the energy required to initiate the complete cycle of operation. A weapon which employs this method of operation is characterized by the absence of any breech-lock or bolt-lock mechanism.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blowback in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blowback in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeetendr Sehdev:

    Focus on what you believe and what you want to create, regardless of the blowback.

  2. Sartaj Aziz:

    So we have to make sure that we move in a decisive way, but at a measured pace and according to our capacity, and ensuring that the blowback is manageable.

  3. Grant Duwe:

    Part of the blowback with connecting mental illness to mass shootings is the fear that mentally ill people will be stigmatized, that’s what we try to be careful with, most of the people with serious mental illness are not violent.

  4. Erik Meyersson:

    The likely target here is instead the HDP. By striking hard at the PKK, the Turkish government is pressuring the HDP to pick a side, either it denounces PKK to end violence, risking political blowback among its Kurdish base, or it adopts a more pro-Kurdish rhetoric, risking the ire of the Turkish public as well as the judiciary, which has a long history of banning Kurdish parties and politicians.

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