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 blister (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 blister (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 LHP Max Fried will return to the rotation Wednesday after missing one turn with a blister on his index finger. George Henry, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 Aaron Sanchez exited his rehab start at Triple-A Sacramento with a finger blister. . . . John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 June 2021 When Alex Cobb was forced to miss a start with a blister May 10 against the Houston Astros, Suarez followed opener Junior Guerra and gave up only one run in four innings in his season debut. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 MacKenzie Gore was shipped to Arizona to again tinker with delivery issues and the organization’s most vexing blister. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2021 Fried has also missed time with a hamstring pull and blister issues. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 26 June 2021 Roast 15 to 20 minutes, stirring halfway through but leaving the feta in place, until the broccolini is charred at the tips, the stems are easily pierced with a fork and the tomato skins start to blister and break down. Genevieve Ko New York Times, Star Tribune, 7 Apr. 2021 Ahead, our editors shared 13 pairs of their go-to sandals that will keep you blister-free, even on long-haul walks. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, 16 June 2021 If a blister breaks, clean it with mild soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment and cover it with a nonstick bandage. Julie Washington, cleveland, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb A few minutes are enough to blister their skins and boost the flavor of the blend. Casey Barber, CNN, 6 July 2021 Women gasp for air when the laces are pulled taught; others blister around the edges of the garment. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Dec. 2020 Violence and racial unrest continue to blister the country. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2020 The Washington Post reported that Baghdad's record-breaking heat is so bad that metal door handles can blister skin. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2020 Toss and allow other side of peas to blister for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 7 Aug. 2020 Tear gas them, rubber bullet them, spray them with chemical water and blister their butts. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 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, 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, 14 Jan. 2020

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Blister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blister. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for blister

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 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 blister (audio) \ adjective

blister

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