blast

noun
\ ˈblast How to pronounce blast (audio) \

Definition of blast

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a violent gust of wind a cold blast of air
b : the effect or accompaniment (such as sleet) of such a gust a blast of freezing rain
2 : the sound produced by an impulsion of air through a wind instrument or whistle the blast of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah the trumpet's blast
3 : something resembling a gust of wind: such as
a : a stream of air or gas forced through a hole
b : a vehement expression of feeling … let out a great blast of mirth …— Marcia Davenport a blast of anger
c : the continuous blowing to which a charge of ore or metal is subjected in a blast furnace
4a : a sudden pernicious influence or effect got a blast of reality when she left home a blast of criticism … virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast— Shakespeare
b botany : a disease of plants marked by the formation of destructive lesions on leaves and inflorescences
5a : an explosion or violent detonation The blast killed eight people. a shotgun blast
b : the shock wave of an explosion felt the blast from several miles away
c sports : a forceful hit (as in baseball) or shot (as in soccer or golf) especially : home run
6 : speed, capacity, operation turned the water on full blast go full blast
7 : an enjoyably exciting experience, occasion, or event I had a blast. Their wedding was a blast. especially : party
8 : the sending of a message (such as a fax or an e-mail) in multiple copies to numerous recipients at one time The campaign then sends Jane targeted messages via canvassers, phone calls, ads, and its increasingly sophisticated email blasts.— Tim Murphy often used before another noun a blast fax
blast from the past
: a striking reminder of an earlier time : something that excites nostalgia This picture is a real blast from the past.

blast

verb
blasted; blasting; blasts

Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : blare music blasting from the radio
2 : to make a vigorous attack blasting away at her opponent
3a : to use an explosive blast through the wall
b : shoot They walked in and started blasting.
4 : to hit a golf ball out of a sand trap with explosive force
5 : to proceed rapidly or aggressively blasting down the ski slope

transitive verb

1a : to injure by or as if by the action of wind young crops being blasted by the hot dry wind
b : blight The entire crop was blasted by fungus. The injury blasted her dreams of winning a gold medal.
2a : to shatter by or as if by an explosive blasting out nearly all of the building's windows
b : to remove, open, or form by or as if by an explosive blast a hole through the wall blast away these barriers to progress …— Elmer Davis
c : shoot The gunman blasted him down.
3 : to attack vigorously blasting their opponents in the media
4 : to cause to blast off will blast themselves from the moon's surface
5 : to hit vigorously and effectively blasted a home run
6 : to play loudly blasting rock music on the stereo
variants: or blasto-

Definition of blast- (Entry 3 of 4)

: bud : budding : germ blastodisc
\ ˌblast\

Definition of -blast (Entry 4 of 4)

: formative unit especially of living matter : germ : cell : cell layer epiblast

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Other Words from blast

Verb

blaster noun

Examples of blast in a Sentence

Noun

She opened the door and felt a cold blast. He was hit by a blast of water from the hose. The driver gave a long blast on his horn. the blast of the factory whistle The bomb blast killed eight people.

Verb

Workers were blasting rock where the new highway will go. The rock has been blasted away. The explosion blasted a hole in the side of the ship. The mayor was blasted by the local press. The judge blasted the lawyers for delaying the trial. Human rights groups have blasted the government for its treatment of political prisoners. He blasted his rival with a pistol. A gunship blasted enemy headquarters. They blasted the enemy plane out of the sky.
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Other than that, Black Ops 4’s zombies, multiplayer, and battle royale modes are a blast. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The 13 best games for your new PC," 26 Dec. 2018 The blasts are conducted in preparation for potential offshore drilling, which the administration has proposed to expand from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific oceans. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Environmental groups to sue over offshore drilling tests," 10 Dec. 2018 The blast was reported around 7:15 p.m., and appeared to be centered on the Barr House, a local pub. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Wisconsin gas explosion levels Main Street buildings; firefighters, police officer reported injured," 2 Oct. 2018 The blasts from the guns are believed to damage the ears and internal organs of marine animals, and can prevent critters from communicating with one another. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Record the Sounds of the Elusive Narwhal," 15 June 2018 The blast was reported about 5 p.m. Tuesday and shook the surrounding area, knocking out power to nearby homes and causing the evacuation of some. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Bensalem PD: Crews recover body of gas-station owner killed in explosion," 13 June 2018 The accidental siren blast was blamed by the Los Angeles County Mechanical Department on a malfunction due to a ham radio operator broadcasting on the wrong frequency. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Sun owner pays annual summer tribute to blossoming yuccas by featuring them on cover," 11 June 2018 Ghafor Aziz, police chief of Kabul's 5th District, says the blast was caused by a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives near the entrance of a compound where the religious body, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, was meeting on Monday. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest on Kabul’s Suicide Bombing," 4 June 2018 The blasts were set off on three tunnels into the site and observation towers. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Reports: North Korea demolishes nuclear test site," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Supra fairly demolishes these numbers, requiring just 3.8 seconds to achieve 60 mph and blasting through the quarter a full second quicker, at 12.3 seconds, with a trap speed of 113 mph. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Supra and Chevrolet Camaro V-6 1LE by the Numbers: A Tale of Two Sixes and an $18K Price Difference," 16 May 2019 Taking trips to the beach, blasting country songs, making campfire recipes, hanging pretty string lights outside, and relaxing on fun pool floats are just a few of the summer activities that make warm weather and sunshine so enjoyable. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "50+ Summer Captions for Every Beach Photo You Post on Instagram," 5 Apr. 2019 The display can blast out up to 400 nits, even with the new 1-watt panel technology—a huge deal, and one of the most important announcements to come out of Computex this year. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life," 23 Oct. 2018 But at 9:30, the DJ blasted out some of the new songs from this new album, and things got out of control. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Noise at Kanye West album party in rural Kane County results in more than 20 complaints: sheriff's official," 9 June 2018 All the while, Wu-Tang blasts through the speakers. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Wu-Tang Clan Dinner Series Ain’t Nothing to F**** With," 8 May 2018 With DJs like Aurora Halal, Juliana Huxtable, and Kilbourne playing in a venue that’s adjacent to a clothing-optional beach, the setting will provide a relaxing juxtaposition to music that would otherwise blast out of the Berghain sound system. Vogue, "Forget Coachella: These Far-Flung Alternatives Are Pushing Festival Style Forward," 9 Mar. 2019 Georgia’s booming film industry may be a plus for the state’s economy, but blasting celebrities for their political stances is proving to be a tempting plotline as Lt. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Hollywood makes a cameo in Cagle-Kemp battle," 26 June 2018 Nikita Kucherov doubled the lead about five minutes later when Victor Hedman set Kucherov up on the power play for a one-timer that blasted past Rask. Kristen Nelson, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoff Roundup: Vegas Holds on to Defeat Sharks; Lightning Strike in Overtime," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of blast

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blast

Noun

Middle English, from Old English blǣst; akin to Old High German blāst blast, blāsan to blow, Old English blāwan — more at blow

Verb

Middle English blasten, derivative of blast blast entry 1

Combining form

combining form from Greek blastós "shoot, bud, embryo, germ" — more at -blast

Noun combining form

combining form from Greek blastós "shoot, bud, embryo, germ," noun derivative from the base of blastánein "to bud, sprout, grow," of obscure origin

Note: The supposed base *melōdh- "protuberance, head" in Julius Pokorny, Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (citing, in addition to blastós, Sanskrit mūrdhan- "head," Greek blōthrós "tall," Old English molda "top of the head") is improbable as an Indo-European root;a substratal origin is possible, but the semantic links are weak.

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blast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mass of air that moves very quickly and forcefully
: a mass of water, gas, heat, etc., that moves very quickly and forcefully through the air
: the loud sound made by a horn or a whistle

blast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 2)

: to destroy, break apart, or remove (something) with an explosive
: to create (a space or opening) with explosives
: to strongly criticize (someone or something) especially in public

blast

noun
\ ˈblast How to pronounce blast (audio) \

Kids Definition of blast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the sound made by a wind instrument the blast of a whistle
3 : a strong gust of wind icy blasts of winter
4 : a stream of air or gas forced through an opening
5 : a very enjoyable experience The party was a blast.

blast

verb
blasted; blasting

Kids Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to break to pieces by an explosion : shatter blast rock
2 : to hit with great force He blasted a home run.
4 : to hit (someone or something) with something (as air or water) that is moving forcefully She blasted us with water from the hose.
5 : to make a loud unpleasant sound a television blasting
6 : to strongly criticize He was blasted for the mistake.
blast off
: to take off The rocket blasted off.

blast

noun
\ ˈblast How to pronounce blast (audio) \

Medical Definition of blast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an explosion or violent detonation
2 : the violent effect produced in the vicinity of an explosion that consists of a wave of increased atmospheric pressure followed by a wave of decreased atmospheric pressure

Other Words from blast

blast verb

blast

noun

Medical Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 2)

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