blister

noun
blis·​ter | \ˈbli-stər \
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 \

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 \ 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

Just as blisters are badges of honor for distance runners, callused fingers become a rite of passage for any climber. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Forget Your Washboard Abs, the Hottest Workout Is for Your Fingers," 28 Nov. 2018 To do this, grab some rubbing alcohol and sterilize the blister and surrounding skin. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "A Visual Guide to Identifying First-, Second- and Third-Degree Burns," 6 Aug. 2018 Canares said mild burns can be treated a home with aloe or other remedies recommended by the family doctor, but more severe burns with blisters larger than an index finger require emergency attention. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "With 4th of July come warnings about dangers from fireworks," 28 June 2018 Urushiol — the clear liquid on top — can cause a painful and irritating rash on your skin, including oozing blisters. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Poison Ivy Rash and Stop Itching Like Crazy," 13 July 2018 Nothing’s worse than blisters after a hot day in rigid sandals, so this smooth suede is welcome on the skin. 5. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Found: The Ideal Summer Sandal for Women," 21 June 2018 Symptoms include itching, pain, small sores or blisters, ulcers and scabs. Karen Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Yes, President Trump, there is a difference between HIV and HPV. Here's a handy tipsheet," 21 May 2018 Even after a week when all those blisters can resolve, the pain can continue for months, on and off, provoked by external stimuli. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "What to Know About the New Shingles Vaccine — and Why You Should Get It ASAP if You're Over 50," 5 July 2018 The five-toe Injinji socks protect his toes from blisters, and the Smartwool offers extra cushion to combat soreness. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Running Socks, According to Ultramarathoners," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Avenatti leverages Twitter much as Trump does — firing off opinions, wading into controversy and rallying supporters with blistering criticism. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Avenatti to Trump: Stay off the golf course, start reuniting migrant children and parents," 6 July 2018 After years of blistering growth, Zara sales growth has flagged more recently. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Zara Boosts Profit Margin, Bucking an Industry Trend," 13 June 2018 In the interim, spend some time enjoying the weather—expect reliable temps in the mid-70s for most of June, with none of the midsummer’s blistering heat—and some culture. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Travel in June," 9 May 2018 One of my new go-tos this summer has been blistered cherry tomatoes. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 2018 Mendelssohn earned his place among the favorites by blistering the field in the UAE Derby in Dubai, winning the race by 18.5 lengths in a course-record time. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Kentucky Derby 2018: Well-traveled Mendelssohn seeks breakthrough," 3 May 2018 Add cherry tomatoes and cook until skins begin to blister, about 5 minutes. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "6 Fresh Takes on Pesto," 3 Aug. 2018 The bread will start to blister a little and turn golden brown once completely cooked. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Paneer paratha and essential Indian flatbreads," 8 June 2018 The tomatoes are done when their skins start to blister. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crank ’er up: High-heat oven roasting beats the chill deliciously," 5 Jan. 2018

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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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blister

noun

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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

blister

verb
blistered; blistering\-​t(ə-​)riŋ \

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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