blast

noun
\ ˈblast How to pronounce blast (audio) \

Definition of blast

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a violent gust of wind a cold blast of air
b : the effect or accompaniment (such as sleet) of such a gust a blast of freezing rain
2 : the sound produced by an impulsion of air through a wind instrument or whistle the blast of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah the trumpet's blast
3 : something resembling a gust of wind: such as
a : a stream of air or gas forced through a hole
b : a vehement expression of feeling … let out a great blast of mirth …— Marcia Davenport a blast of anger
c : the continuous blowing to which a charge of ore or metal is subjected in a blast furnace
4a : a sudden pernicious influence or effect got a blast of reality when she left home a blast of criticism … virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast— Shakespeare
b botany : a disease of plants marked by the formation of destructive lesions on leaves and inflorescences
5a : an explosion or violent detonation The blast killed eight people. a shotgun blast
b : the shock wave of an explosion felt the blast from several miles away
c sports : a forceful hit (as in baseball) or shot (as in soccer or golf) especially : home run
6 : speed, capacity, operation turned the water on full blast go full blast
7 : an enjoyably exciting experience, occasion, or event I had a blast. Their wedding was a blast. especially : party
8 : the sending of a message (such as a fax or an e-mail) in multiple copies to numerous recipients at one time The campaign then sends Jane targeted messages via canvassers, phone calls, ads, and its increasingly sophisticated email blasts.— Tim Murphy often used before another noun a blast fax
blast from the past
: a striking reminder of an earlier time : something that excites nostalgia This picture is a real blast from the past.

blast

verb
blasted; blasting; blasts

Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : blare music blasting from the radio
2 : to make a vigorous attack blasting away at her opponent
3a : to use an explosive blast through the wall
b : shoot They walked in and started blasting.
4 : to hit a golf ball out of a sand trap with explosive force
5 : to proceed rapidly or aggressively blasting down the ski slope

transitive verb

1a : to injure by or as if by the action of wind young crops being blasted by the hot dry wind
b : blight The entire crop was blasted by fungus. The injury blasted her dreams of winning a gold medal.
2a : to shatter by or as if by an explosive blasting out nearly all of the building's windows
b : to remove, open, or form by or as if by an explosive blast a hole through the wall blast away these barriers to progress …— Elmer Davis
c : shoot The gunman blasted him down.
3 : to attack vigorously blasting their opponents in the media
4 : to cause to blast off will blast themselves from the moon's surface
5 : to hit vigorously and effectively blasted a home run
6 : to play loudly blasting rock music on the stereo
variants: or blasto-

Definition of blast- (Entry 3 of 4)

: bud : budding : germ blastodisc
\ ˌblast\

Definition of -blast (Entry 4 of 4)

: formative unit especially of living matter : germ : cell : cell layer epiblast

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Verb

blaster noun

Examples of blast in a Sentence

Noun

She opened the door and felt a cold blast. He was hit by a blast of water from the hose. The driver gave a long blast on his horn. the blast of the factory whistle The bomb blast killed eight people.

Verb

Workers were blasting rock where the new highway will go. The rock has been blasted away. The explosion blasted a hole in the side of the ship. The mayor was blasted by the local press. The judge blasted the lawyers for delaying the trial. Human rights groups have blasted the government for its treatment of political prisoners. He blasted his rival with a pistol. A gunship blasted enemy headquarters. They blasted the enemy plane out of the sky.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even a quick blast of compressed air to dry off a fastener will leave an oily film behind, affecting ultimate torque. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 More than a thousand flights are being grounded as a blast of arctic air barrels over the Midwest, bringing with it temperatures too low for airfield workers to load bags or get planes ready for takeoff. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Airlines Cancel Flights as Arctic Chill Bears Down on Midwest," 29 Jan. 2019 My favorite blast from what now seems a technologically prehistoric past describes a demonstration to skeptical journalists in 1975 of a then-state-of-the-art 32-pound tabletop computer named the Teleram P-1800 Portable Terminal. Diane Cole, WSJ, "The Best Books of 2018 on Aging Well," 20 Nov. 2018 So naturally when the geyser erupted in September, unleashing its usual blast of searing-hot water and air, a nasty wave of dreck followed. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Heavily Littered Yellowstone Geyser Spews Tons of Trash Into Air During Eruption," 5 Oct. 2018 One teenager tossed an M1000 — a firecracker known for its loud blast — straight at Kelly’s car. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Fireworks fascination can never be defused, so keep your ears plugged," 9 July 2018 Smith missed a home run by inches as his blast to straight-away center hit the yellow line atop the fence. Mike Malloy, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gators earn 9-6 win over Texas Tech, extend run in CWS," 22 June 2018 His blast from distance whizzed over the crossbar, though, leaving Mexico with its one-goal advantage. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "WATCH: Chucky Lozano Gives Mexico World Cup Win Over Germany," 17 June 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Policy KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Evan Gattis arrived and smashed his left foot upon home plate, the throng of baserunners his latest blast brought in eagerly awaiting his arrival. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis' grand slam lifts Astros over Royals," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Follow these tips to blast belly fat or prevent it from piling on in the first place and decrease your risk of having a heart attack: 1. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019 Indian political parties have also taken to the service, with legions of workers using it to blast out messages to thousands of supporters about coming elections. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "Facebook’s WhatsApp Fights Fake News by Curbing Message Forwarding," 21 Jan. 2019 Their proposal, blasted by President Donald Trump, would also fund the detainment of 35,520 people overall. Astrid Galvan, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: How immigration detention works," 11 Feb. 2019 The backlash began after David posted a photo of him and his 7-year-old daughter having fun at an ice skating rink and giving each other a small peck on the lips (back in 2017, David was blasted by critics for sharing a similar picture). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tom Brady Defends David Beckham After He Gets Slammed for Kissing Daughter," 28 Nov. 2018 Despite being blasted by fashion critics, the range of grunge pieces became some of the decade's most defining looks and went on to kickstart Jacobs' career. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Marc Jacobs Is Reissuing His Iconic 1993 Grunge Collection," 7 Nov. 2018 Where Jong-su drives a truck, Ben tools around in a Porsche; where Jong-su lives on his family’s farm blasted by propaganda from North Korean loudspeakers, Ben has a sleek apartment in the posh Gangnam neighborhood immortalized by Psy. John Powers, Vogue, "Burning Is the New Thriller About Toxic Masculinity That You Didn’t Know You Needed," 26 Oct. 2018 The comments were blasted by some Democrats as well as Republicans. Fox News, "Calls for civility after vandalism, violent clashes outside GOP headquarters in New York," 13 Oct. 2018 Stones covering benches were blasted away in favor of a stucco-smooth surface faced with blue glass mosaic tile. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "Before and After: A reimagined Midcentury design helps turn a home from frumpy to fabulous," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of blast

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blast

Noun

Middle English, from Old English blǣst; akin to Old High German blāst blast, blāsan to blow, Old English blāwan — more at blow

Verb

Middle English blasten, derivative of blast blast entry 1

Combining form

combining form from Greek blastós "shoot, bud, embryo, germ" — more at -blast

Noun combining form

combining form from Greek blastós "shoot, bud, embryo, germ," noun derivative from the base of blastánein "to bud, sprout, grow," of obscure origin

Note: The supposed base *melōdh- "protuberance, head" in Julius Pokorny, Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (citing, in addition to blastós, Sanskrit mūrdhan- "head," Greek blōthrós "tall," Old English molda "top of the head") is improbable as an Indo-European root;a substratal origin is possible, but the semantic links are weak.

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blast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mass of air that moves very quickly and forcefully
: a mass of water, gas, heat, etc., that moves very quickly and forcefully through the air
: the loud sound made by a horn or a whistle

blast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 2)

: to destroy, break apart, or remove (something) with an explosive
: to create (a space or opening) with explosives
: to strongly criticize (someone or something) especially in public

blast

noun
\ ˈblast How to pronounce blast (audio) \

Kids Definition of blast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the sound made by a wind instrument the blast of a whistle
3 : a strong gust of wind icy blasts of winter
4 : a stream of air or gas forced through an opening
5 : a very enjoyable experience The party was a blast.

blast

verb
blasted; blasting

Kids Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to break to pieces by an explosion : shatter blast rock
2 : to hit with great force He blasted a home run.
4 : to hit (someone or something) with something (as air or water) that is moving forcefully She blasted us with water from the hose.
5 : to make a loud unpleasant sound a television blasting
6 : to strongly criticize He was blasted for the mistake.
blast off
: to take off The rocket blasted off.

blast

noun
\ ˈblast How to pronounce blast (audio) \

Medical Definition of blast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an explosion or violent detonation
2 : the violent effect produced in the vicinity of an explosion that consists of a wave of increased atmospheric pressure followed by a wave of decreased atmospheric pressure

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blast

noun

Medical Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 2)

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