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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Other Words from blast

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

If four or more of the detectors sense one such blast, your onboard computer can swivel you into position to observe the area with the LAT. Liz Kruesi, National Geographic, "Dear Fermi: What it means to see the universe's extremes," 11 June 2019 No one is injured in the blast, which happens early in the morning. Fox News, "Times Square grenade-attack plot thwarted after 'lone wolf' suspect arrested: reports," 7 June 2019 Iran, the country suspected by both the US and Saudi Arabia of being behind the blasts, was not named as responsible by the investigation this week. James Griffiths, CNN, "Multinational investigation says 'state actor' responsible for attacks on Gulf oil tankers," 6 June 2019 The tweet also included a hilarious GIF of the judges having a blast during Carrie's performance: Luke's reaction was just one of the many amazing moments from last night's finale. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Judge Luke Bryan's Reaction to Carrie Underwood's Finale Performance Is Everything," 20 May 2019 The crowd, from Todd Bishop to Eric Shiner to Michele Oka Doner, was indeed having a blast, and everyone mingled excitedly, jumping from one familiar face to another. Vogue, "Joseph La Piana Celebrates His Park Avenue Artworks With a Dinner," 15 Mar. 2019 This is just an observer effect, however; pulsars blast out radiation continuously, from their poles, but astronomers' instruments pick these beams up only when they're directed at Earth. Mike Wall, NBC News, "Einstein's theory of relativity passes its toughest test yet," 5 July 2018 First ladies blast 'immoral' policy Bush, the former first lady, wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post, published late Sunday, taking the policy to task. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Detention crisis: What we know now," 18 June 2018 Earlier: Louisville baseball survives to reach NCAA rematch with Texas Tech Thanks to the two early blasts, the drama level remained low-level for much of the night, and when Louisville (45-19) was poised to chip away, misfortune struck. Randy Rosetta, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball eliminated from NCAAs with loss to Texas Tech," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If a crisis does occur, the airport can blast out text alerts to all cellphones in the airport. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Danger at the airport: How you’ll know what to do," 12 June 2019 Residents say troops blasted a civilian home with explosives during the firefight, which continued into Friday morning. Fox News, "Police: 2 ex-cops among 4 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting," 8 June 2019 But Djokovic couldn't save a third match point at 5-6, as Thiem blasted a forehand winner to book a clash with Nadal. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Disgruntled Novak Djokovic exits French Open to end grand slam winning streak," 8 June 2019 The behavior was especially scrutinized after the Black Lives Matter movement blasted into the national conversation — and that scrutiny has continued even after that movement began grappling with its future. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Three ways YouTube could fight harassment," 6 June 2019 The plan entails blasting out and excavating 660 million tons of ore containing copper, and molybdenum, and dumping 1.2 billion tons of waste rock over more than 1,460 acres—nearly twice the size of Central Park—in a heap several hundred feet tall. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 Keep your fingers crossed and Anti blasting from your speakers; you could be blessed by Riri for the holidays. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Signing 20 Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Palettes," 15 Dec. 2018 All three shows are big on female bonding and friendship while blasting the myth that women are always catty and are way too busy sharpening their talons to give a sister a hand. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Meet the heroines of this summer's Must-See #MeToo TV," 29 June 2018 Close-in free kick to Emil Forsberg of Sweden, who blasts from point-blank range. Batted away! Mexico escapes. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 June 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

Other Words from blast

blast verb

blast

noun

Medical Definition of blast (Entry 2 of 2)

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