blaster

noun
blast·er | \ˈbla-stər \

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

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Around the same time that Han Solo was declaring the superiority of a blaster by your side, Russian engineers were working on a real laser pistol for cosmonauts to carry, another piece of the secret Soviet arsenal of space weapons. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "The Soviet Laser Space Pistol, Revealed," 14 June 2018 Your iPhone doesn’t contain an IR blaster (the infrared technology used by most remote-control systems), but the Pronto and Peel combination makes up for this shortcoming. Kim Komando, Fox News, "9 clever ways to repurpose your old cell phone," 25 May 2018 The blaster was part of a collection from the U.S. art director on the film, James L. Schoppe. Andrea Park, CBS News, "Han Solo blaster from "Return of the Jedi" sells for $550,000 at auction," 25 June 2018 The blaster was part of a collection from the U.S. art director on the film, James L. Schoppe. Andrea Park, CBS News, "Han Solo blaster from "Return of the Jedi" sells for $550,000 at auction," 25 June 2018 Your iPhone doesn’t contain an IR blaster (the infrared technology used by most remote-control systems), but the Pronto and Peel combination makes up for this shortcoming. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "9 clever ways to re-purpose your old cell phone," 29 May 2018 Auctions of props from Star Wars always fetch big bids, but when the item is Han Solo’s blaster from Return of the Jedi, that ups the stakes considerably. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Han Solo's Blaster Sells for $550,000 at Auction," 25 June 2018 The blaster was part of a collection from the U.S. art director on the film, James L. Schoppe. Andrea Park, CBS News, "Han Solo blaster from "Return of the Jedi" sells for $550,000 at auction," 25 June 2018 The blaster was part of a collection from the U.S. art director on the film, James L. Schoppe. Andrea Park, CBS News, "Han Solo blaster from "Return of the Jedi" sells for $550,000 at auction," 25 June 2018

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1575, in the meaning defined above

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