blister

noun
blis·​ter | \ ˈbli-stər How to pronounce blister (audio) \
plural blisters

Definition of blister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

blister

verb
blistered; blistering\ ˈbli-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blistering (audio) \

Definition of blister (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become affected with a blister

transitive verb

1 : to raise a blister on
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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Other Words from blister

Noun

blistery \ ˈbli-​st(ə-​)rē How to pronounce blistery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of blister in a Sentence

Noun She developed a blister on her heel where her shoe rubbed against it.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gently press down on the vegetables and bake uncovered until the tomatoes blister and the squash starts to brown, for 40-45 minutes. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, "Cooking with legendary Bay Area drag queen helped me see beauty in community," 25 June 2020 Wet feet are the quickest way to blisters, frostbite, and even foot rot. Outdoor Life, "Four boots made to keep your feet dry," 13 May 2020 Neither did blisters, sudorifics, nor dousing patients with buckets of cold water—all of which were, at the time, standard practice. Frederick Kaufman, The New Yorker, "Pandemics Go Hand in Hand with Conspiracy Theories," 13 May 2020 Herpes infections can lead to recurring, often painful, blisters. NBC News, "Herpes virus infects billions of people worldwide. Why isn't there a vaccine yet?," 4 May 2020 According to guidance published by Johns Hopkins Medicine, common trauma includes blisters, cysts, and polyps, like the one that Jones was suffering from. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Where Is Sheinelle Jones? The 'Today' Host Will Be Off the Air for 6 Weeks," 25 Feb. 2020 Bites from the flightless bugs can lead to blisters, hives or an allergic reaction, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lateshia Beachum, Anchorage Daily News, "Somebody released bedbugs inside a Walmart. Pennsylvania authorities want to know who - and why.," 6 Jan. 2020 But there were no visible blisters, raising his doctor's suspicions. Fox News, "Wisconsin teen diagnosed with cancer while battling rare 'butterfly skin' disease: 'He is resilient'," 21 Dec. 2019 Symptoms of a mild non-polio enterovirus illness include fever, runny nose, skin rash, mouth blisters, and body and muscle aches. Amelia Harnish, Health.com, "What Is Enterovirus? Here's What to Know, According to an Infectious Disease Specialist," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tear gas them, rubber bullet them, spray them with chemical water and blister their butts. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "School officials will address social media comments by Dothan High assistant coach," 1 June 2020 Unschooled in childhood, she and her siblings are repeatedly imperilled by their parents’ blistering paranoia about civilization and modern medicine. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 17 Apr. 2018 Liesch, who has been in his position for six years, said blister beetles produce cantharidin as a defense, and the chemical can cause irritation and blistering either on the skin or internally if it is ingested by a human or other animal. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Horse ranch near the Dells blames 'heartbreaking' loss of 14 horses on toxic beetles," 14 Jan. 2020 Everyone seemed dumbstruck by the play’s blistering emotional force. oregonlive, "‘Mother, Come Home’ is a traumatizing and transcendent adaptation of a graphic novel about death and grief," 7 Oct. 2019 As a result, other women began sharing their own stories of discomfort with heels, posting photos of their bloodied and blistered feet in solidarity with Ishikawa. Vivian Rachelle, Quartz, "Japan’s #KuToo movement is fighting back against regressive dress codes for women," 29 Aug. 2019 The Justice Department’s blistering 2015 report criticized Cleveland police for drawing their guns while responding to non-violent crimes and firing guns at moving cars. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Attorneys: Man killed by off-duty Cleveland cop never threatened officer or flashed gun," 13 May 2020 Sessions gave up the Senate seat when he was appointed Trump’s attorney general, a position he was forced to resign after his recusal from the Russia inquiry sparked blistering criticism from the president. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump attacks Sessions ahead of primary runoff for US Senate," 4 Mar. 2020 But Sessions' recusal from the Russia inquiry prompted blistering public criticism from Trump, who eventually asked him to resign. Brian Slodysko And Kim Chandler, chicagotribune.com, "Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce Alabama Senate bid, sources say," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of blister

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for blister

Noun

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

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

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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blister. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for blister

blister

noun
How to pronounce blister (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of blister

: 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

noun
blis·​ter | \ ˈbli-stər How to pronounce blister (audio) \

Kids Definition of blister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

blister

verb
blistered; blistering

Kids Definition of blister (Entry 2 of 2)

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

blister

noun
blis·​ter | \ ˈblis-tər How to pronounce blister (audio) \

Medical Definition of blister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from blister

blistery \ -​t(ə-​)rē How to pronounce blistery (audio) \ adjective

blister

verb
blistered; blistering\ -​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blistering (audio) \

Medical Definition of blister (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become affected with blisters

transitive verb

: to raise a blister on

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