blister

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noun

blis·​ter ˈbli-stər How to pronounce blister (audio)
plural blisters
1
: a fluid-filled elevation of the epidermis compare water blister
2
: an enclosed raised spot (as in paint or the surface of baked dough) resembling a blister
3
: an agent (such as lewisite) that causes blistering
4
: a fungal disease of plants marked by raised patches on the leaves
5
: any of various structures that bulge out (such as a gunner's compartment on a bomber)
blistery adjective

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verb

blistered; blistering ˈbli-st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce blister (audio)

intransitive verb

: to become affected with a blister

transitive verb

1
: to raise a blister on
2
3
: to defeat (a competitor) decisively
… Brodeur was blistered in the early rounds by lightly regarded teams … before backstopping New Jersey to the championship last season. Kostya Kennedy
4
: to hit (a ball, shot, etc.) very powerfully
… Soriano blistered a line drive toward left field. Buster Olney

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Example Sentences

Noun She developed a blister on her heel where her shoe rubbed against it.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Imagine traipsing around the city or hauling to work without any blister protection? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 31 Aug. 2022 Monkeypox lesions may be raised and filled with pus (sort of like a blister), round and firm to the touch or scabby. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 29 Aug. 2022 Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper could return to the lineup for the finale of a two-game series at Texas after an infected blister on his left index finger sidelined him for two games last weekend at Washington. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 22 June 2022 Velasquez went on the IL on July 6 with a blister on his right index finger. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 16 Aug. 2022 Less than a mile down the trail my ankles started to blister. Emily Reed, Outside Online, 17 July 2018 Our tester wore these gloves to shovel and transport many loads of gravel without developing even one blister. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease in the same virus family as smallpox with symptoms that include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a blister rash that typically dries out the skin, according to the World Health Organization. Phillip Nieto, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2022 The virus generally causes pimple or blister-like lesions and flu-like symptoms such as fever, the CDC explained. Carma Hassan And Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 17 July 2022
Verb
The disease later progresses into a rash and lesions that can blister and scab over all over the body -- usually lasting two to four weeks. Heather Chen, CNN, 27 July 2022 The disease later progresses into a rash and lesions that can blister and scab over all over the body -- usually lasting two to four weeks. Heather Chen, CNN, 27 July 2022 The disease later progresses into a rash and lesions that can blister and scab over all over the body -- usually lasting two to four weeks. Heather Chen, CNN, 27 July 2022 But in more severe cases, the marks can blister and turn into second-degree burns. Olivia Quintana, Bon Appétit, 29 July 2022 The monkeypox rash is quite distinct—skin eruptions that begin flat and red, before starting to blister and fill with white pus. Wired, 28 July 2022 The disease later progresses into a rash and lesions that can blister and scab over all over the body -- usually lasting two to four weeks. Heather Chen, CNN, 27 July 2022 The disease later progresses into a rash and lesions that can blister and scab over all over the body -- usually lasting two to four weeks. Heather Chen, CNN, 22 June 2022 The rash itself usually doesn’t blister or bleed, but in many cases, the skin may peel. Lauren Caruso, Allure, 17 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English blister, blester, probably from Old English *blȳster, *blǣster; akin to Old Norse blāstr swelling, Old English blǣst blast

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of blister was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Blister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blister. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

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noun

blis·​ter ˈbli-stər How to pronounce blister (audio)
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: a small raised area of the skin filled with a watery liquid
2
: a swelling (as in paint) that looks like a blister of the skin

blister

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verb

blistered; blistering
1
: to develop a blister or blisters
My heel blistered on the hike.
2
: to cause blisters on
Tight shoes can blister your feet.

Medical Definition

blister 1 of 2

noun

blis·​ter ˈblis-tər How to pronounce blister (audio)
1
: a fluid-filled elevation of the epidermis compare water blister
2
: an agent that causes blistering

blister

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verb

blistered; blistering -t(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce blister (audio)

intransitive verb

: to become affected with blisters

transitive verb

: to raise a blister on

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2022

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