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

Perez began breaking out in blisters and his limbs began to change color. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "New Jersey man who contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing has forearms, hands amputated, family says," 16 Aug. 2018 Hill insisted that his time off was not related to blisters. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill is put on disabled list because of cracked fingernail," 19 Apr. 2018 If the blister is open, keep it closed and wash gently with mild soap and warm water. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Stretch Shoes That Are Too Small," 24 Dec. 2018 Exterior Wood Primer & Undercoat dries to a more flexible finish to allow the wood to expand and contract, while added breathability keeps moisture from getting trapped inside the wood, which can cause the paint to blister and bubble. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Ready For A Paint Makeover? Here's What You Need To Know About Primer," 16 Jan. 2019 The shoe’s soft, worn-in leather (definitely fake, but still soft) keeps me from getting blisters. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Black Lace-Up Sandals," 22 Aug. 2018 Around the horn Right-hander Alex Cobb, who left Sunday’s game with a blister on his right index finger, is expected to make his next scheduled start Friday. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Mariñez, Hart added to restock bullpen; Showalter on Machado-to-Yankees speculation," 10 July 2018 The only concerning news was that Eflin left the game after seven innings with a blister on his middle finger. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Phillies look to get 10 games over .500 vs. O's | Extra Innings," 4 July 2018 Kozlova stayed steady despite the enormity of the moment and while dealing with a blister on the back of her right foot. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Defending champ Jelena Ostapenko loses opener; Venus Williams ousted, too," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More than a thousand fans blasted the gimmick in blistering Amazon reviews. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Beer Coolers and Hookahs—Welcome to the World of German Pop Music," 23 Jan. 2019 With daily fieldwork and nightly lectures, participants bunk in ramshackle shelters and see as much bone-chilling wind and rain as skin-blistering sun reflected off endless mounds of snow. Scott Yorko, Popular Mechanics, "Back to Alaska: How a Legendary Glacier Adventure Almost Died When the World Needed It Most," 12 Sep. 2018 The report arrives days after the Daily Mail published a blistering nine-hour interview with Meghan's father Thomas Markle over the weekend. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Reportedly Helping Meghan Markle Cope with Her Family in the News," 30 July 2018 Others wielded parasols as shields against the blistering sun. Michael R. Sisak And Julie Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, "New York protesters face the heat to decry ICE practices," 2 July 2018 The fatter tires on the widebody help deliver a 10.8-second quarter-mile time, while the standard version trails it at a still-blistering 11.1 seconds. Fox News, "2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye unveiled with demonic 797 hp," 28 June 2018 Thanks to the volunteer coder army, the game morphs and changes at a pace that is simultaneously blistering and glacial. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can't Beat It, Code It," 17 Dec. 2018 The event has since been moved to November to avoid Qatar’s blistering summer temperatures, bribery accusations abound, and potential human rights violations at the stadium sites have caused outrage from the international community. Fortune, "The U.S. Might Be Fighting With Canada and Mexico, But They United Long Enough to Win the 2026 World Cup Bid," 13 June 2018 Try to find padded pliers so your hands don't blister. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Every Tool You Need In Your DIY Kit, Plus When To Actually Use It," 24 Jan. 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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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 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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