blaster

noun

blast·​er ˈbla-stər How to pronounce blaster (audio)
plural blasters
: someone or something that blasts something: such as
a
: one whose work is shattering or demolishing something (such as rock) with an explosive device or agent
Demolition companies that level buildings with explosive charges—and so are called blasters—have been letting the team plant transmitters in the ill-fated structures … Peter Weiss
At work in their gaslit catacomb the laborers split into the specialty groups that would become standard in tunnel driving: drillers and blasters worked the heading, blasting out the raw rock … Donald Dale Jackson
b
: something that produces a loud sound
specifically : a radio with powerful speakers : ghetto blaster
… he listens to alternative rock—Live, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Green Day—very loud, dutifully shouting answers over the blaster and the hair dryer. Fred Schruers
c
science fiction : a handheld weapon similar to a gun that fires bolts of energy instead of physical projectiles
For about $30 each, players don headsets and heavy vests—computer and battery pack in back, and on the front the "haptics" technology that creates physical sensations like the rumble of the spaceship's engines or the tingle of a shot from a blaster rifle hitting your body armor. Marjie Lambert

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, Cassian Andor pretty much has just his wits and — on occasion– a blaster. Andy Meek, BGR, 4 Nov. 2022 Best for: Resort riders looking to get a foot in the backcountry door without spending an arm and a leg, and freestylers who want a backcountry booter blaster. Drew Zieff, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 From bumper blaster to banana foamer, an automatic carwash is a drive-through Rube Goldberg machine. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 14 Nov. 2022 Learn about the physics of air as a 16-page manual guides you in assembling the blaster from more than 100 pieces. Marylou Tousignant, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 Here are the full details on each new blaster, straight from Hasbro. Sean Hollister, The Verge, 25 Jan. 2021 This isn’t tech, but The Verge’s Sean Hollister (a Nerf connoisseur) thinks the Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 is an excellent blaster, so this deal at Walmart popped out to him. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, 27 Jan. 2021 Han Solo’s original blaster, one of the most iconic SciFi weapons, is about to go for auction and is expected to fetch at least half a million dollars. Alice Hearing, Fortune, 12 Aug. 2022 Instead of shutting the tank down while the contractors cleaned it, TECO asked them to use a high-pressure water blaster while the unit was still online, the DOJ reported. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blaster was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Blaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blaster. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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