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

When exposed to sunlight, the blisters leave permanent purple scars. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "This invasive European plant can blind you. It’s now growing in NC.," 12 July 2018 After consistent applications of Bio-Oil, the blister is gone without any permanent scarring. 1. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "9 Ways to Use Bio-Oil, the Drugstore Scar Treatment People Love," 22 June 2018 Zach Eflin has been excellent since the start of June, and he won’t be bumped from the rotation unless his finger blister becomes an issue. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "What a Phillies trade for Cole Hamels might mean for their rotation | Extra Innings," 5 July 2018 Much like a rock-climbing shoe or a pure alpine boot, the Alp Trainer has lacing all the way to the toe to help lock in fit and prevent blisters. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "10 Best Hiking Boots for Men," 22 Jan. 2018 Though there were allegedly visible blisters and scabs on her feet, her employer accused Stratichuk of fabricating the note. Christina Oehler, Woman's Day, "Restaurant Ignores Server's Doctor's Note, Forces Her to Work in High Heels or Quit," 16 June 2015 These chemicals make human skin extremely sensitive to sunlight, so contact with the plant and subsequent exposure to normal amounts of sunlight can cause severe, painful blisters and scarring. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Towering, Toxic Plant that Causes Burns and Blindness Has Appeared in Virginia," 20 June 2018 Giant hogweed exudes a sap that can cause burns, blisters and blindness. Fox News, "Giant hogweed plant burns unsuspecting teen landscaper," 13 July 2018 Sitting on their knees to steer, drivers often wear gloves to avoid blisters and kneepads to cushion the blows. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bandaging keeps air off the area, reduces pain and protects blistered skin. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: What to do if you get burned by a firework," 4 July 2018 The owners of Fausto restaurant in Brooklyn share their recipe for a beautiful pasta packed with tomatoes, peppers, and blistered basil. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "The Best PEOPLE Pasta Recipes of All Time," 29 June 2018 The bacteria can cause skin infections after an open wound is exposed to brackish or saltwater, or bloodstream infections that bring on blistering skin lesions and are sometimes fatal. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Travis Shaw, who has been blistering the ball of late, got the home run derby started against right-hander Matt Koch in the first with a two-run shot – a towering blast that clanged high off the foul pole down the right-field line. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 2: Early long balls lead the way to a series victory," 16 May 2018 Tuesday night's meeting at Boyet Junior High School came just five days after representatives of the Cross Gates Homeowners Association and Turtle Creek subdivision appeared before the Parish Council and blistered Tammany Utilities East. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Citizens demand improvements to Tammany Utilities East," 9 May 2018 Japan can look forward to blistering electro-pop from Zedd, international trap from DJ Snake, high-quality hooks from Galantis, and all the Dutch house boom of Afrojack. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Ultra Japan 2018 Lineup: Zedd, Axwell & Ingrosso, DJ Snake & More," 12 July 2018 Heron’s blistering performance is surely part of why. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Grandeur of Great Protest Music," 1 July 2018 Applewood bacon goes on top, followed by fresh serrano peppers blistered on the grill. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis burger restaurant keeps winning best burger awards," 28 June 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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