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 The Vac-Con combination sewer cleaner truck also features a high-pressure air blaster that clears sewer lines, then extracts the debris at manholes. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Shaker undertakes work on city’s largest sanitary sewer overflow, flooding at Lynnfield-Lomond," 9 June 2020 There are several types of headsets to build, including one to make a blaster gun out of cardboard pieces for shooting games. Wired Staff, Wired, "14 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, Smartwatches, and More," 6 June 2020 The result is a version of the game where all the doors have been replaced with Arwings, which can swarm around Link from the air, attack him with damaging blaster fire, and even crash to the ground in flames when attacked. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "This amazing glitch puts Star Fox 64 ships in an unmodified Zelda cartridge," 24 Jan. 2020 Thankfully, Nash — who later (appropriately) gives Cisco crap for not having a protocol in place to prevent this kind of thing — shows up with a Harry Well’s blaster and sends the gaudily dressed speedster running away. Chancellor Agard,, "The Flash recap: Pied Piper returns as Team Flash faces Godspeed," 6 May 2020 The video showed an excited Sire going through the store and, with the help of his parents, picked out many gifts, including a small Geoffrey the Giraffe, a LEGO set, and a NERF blaster. Eric Todisco,, "50 Cent 'Shuts Down' Toys 'R' Us Store for 7-Year-Old Son Sire Before Christmas," 22 Dec. 2019 In the New Jersey store, kids shot Nerf blasters and sat in a circle for story time while Geoffrey, the chain’s mascot, roamed around. Washington Post, "Toy stores hope playtime inside their shops leads to sales," 20 Dec. 2019 Inside the mech, Kiki has access to a blaster weapon that can only fire in three directions (forward, up and down) and whose shots only travel a short distance before disappearing. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Gato Roboto is a streamlined Metroid starring a cat in a mech," 30 June 2019 Imagine Fortnite, from a top-down viewpoint and in which all the guns have been replaced with blasters that shoot ketchup and butter. Popular Science, "How to get the most out of Apple Arcade’s multiplayer games," 11 Apr. 2020

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1575, in the meaning defined above

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“Blaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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