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blister

noun blis·ter \ ˈbli-stər \
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

Definition of blister

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

play \ˈbli-st(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of blister in a Sentence

  1. She developed a blister on her heel where her shoe rubbed against it.

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Origin and Etymology of blister

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


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blister

verb

Definition of blister

blistered; blistering play \ˈbli-st(ə-)riŋ\
: to become affected with a blister
1 : to raise a blister on
2 : lambaste 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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First Known Use of blister

15th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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BLISTER Defined for English Language Learners

blister

Definition of blister for English Language Learners

  • : a raised area on the skin that contains clear liquid and that is caused by injury to the skin

  • : a raised area on a surface (such as a painted wall) that is filled with air


BLISTER Defined for Kids

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blister

noun blis·ter \ ˈbli-stər \

Definition of blister for Students

1 : 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

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blister

verb

Definition of blister for Students

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 Dictionary

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blister

noun blis·ter \ ˈblis-tər \

medical Definition of blister

1 : a fluid-filled elevation of the epidermis — compare water blister
2 : an agent that causes blistering

blistery

play \-t(ə-)rē\ adjective

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blister

verb

medical Definition of blister

blistered; blistering play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
: to become affected with blisters
: to raise a blister on


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