blast·​er | \ ˈbla-stər How to pronounce blaster (audio) \
plural blasters

Definition of blaster

: 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

Examples of blaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe this feverish horn blaster is late for work or has been caught behind slowpoke drivers throughout the entire day. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 At least two dropped short passes and another dropped the ball after running through the blaster. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 Hasbro combined the characters of T'Challa and Star-Lord seamlessly, with the figurine wearing Star-Lord's iconic purple jacket and holding his signature blaster. Nina Huang,, 29 July 2021 The figure also wields a blaster, and incorporates Balvin’s signature rainbow colors and smiley face icon. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 1 July 2021 Two of them are easily stunned with a pair of blaster shots; Wrecker has to chase down the third on a hoverskiff. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 Everyone has a knock-back blaster that doesn’t do damage but can send opponents flying through the air. Erik Kain, Forbes, 22 June 2021 The first person blaster game already has 11,000 likes in Roblox. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Specific heroes will receive changes as well, including Mei, whose icy blaster can slow down opponents, but will no longer freeze them in place. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of blaster

1575, in the meaning defined above

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“Blaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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