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

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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Nerf’s blaster brand has been dented by products like Zuru Toys Inc.’s X-Shot line and its sub-$20 dart guns. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Nerf Is Getting Blasted From Below," 6 Apr. 2019 Some Star Wars heroes need a blaster, others a lightsaber. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Star Wars Toys for Any Aspiring Jedi," 27 Mar. 2019 Equal parts impressive and impractical, this blaster fires by trapping expanding liquid nitrogen in a chamber where its only way out is a DIY burst disk made of potato chip bag. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Liquid Nitrogen-Powered Nerf Gun Is Delightfully Absurd," 29 Dec. 2017 The first weapon in the new line is the AR-L blaster, which has a flywheel firing system, a 10-dart clip, and a flip-up sight. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf Is Bringing 'Fortnite' Into the Real World," 25 Oct. 2018 For the most part, getting good at combat is less about twitchy aiming and more about controlling large crowds beneath your grind-and-hop path, thanks to a mix of auto-aiming machine guns and large, area-of-effect blasters. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 The blaster’s ability to treat cellulite was discovered accidentally when the girlfriend of one of Black’s athlete clients tried it on her cellulite, which subsequently disappeared. Emily Listfield, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Body Sculptors," 1 June 2017 And finally there is the classic drugstore pore-blaster that is Biore; their Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser has an appealing squeaky clean effect. Fiorella Valdesolo, Town & Country, "Dark Star," 29 May 2014 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

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1575, in the meaning defined above

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