noun af·ter·blow \ˈaf-tər-ˌblō\

Definition of afterblow

  1. :  the continuation of the blow after the complete oxidation of the carbon in the Bessemer process in order to oxidize and separate the phosphorus

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of afterblow

after- + 2blow

First Known Use: 1879

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up afterblow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help become familiar with something

Get Word of the Day daily email!