blis·ter·ing | \ˈbli-st(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of blistering 

1 : extremely intense or severe blistering heat

2 : very rapid a blistering pace

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Other Words from blistering

blistering adverb
blisteringly \ˈbli-st(ə-)riŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of blistering in a Sentence

a hockey player with a blistering slap shot even after a blistering attack from the enemy, the fortress held

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But while migrants from other sub-Saharan countries were dropped in the desert secretly and forced to walk for miles under the blistering sun, the Nigeriens have long been driven to the border by convoys. Lori Hinnant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Algeria stops expelling migrants into Sahara after pushback," 13 July 2018 Allard ferries in the latter parts of the song with a blistering, feral solo. Ben Brazil,, "Joyous Wolf, an O.C.-based rock band, signs a major-label record deal," 23 Mar. 2018 Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville, Mo., is showing signs of progress after a blistering audit last year prompted a Missouri attorney general investigation, but remains in poor financial condition, according to a new report. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Things still aren’t going well for Missouri hospital skewered by an audit last year," 11 July 2018 Sales at the nation’s top 25 developers rose by a blistering 50% year-over-year in the first six months. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "Chinese Developers Sit Out Wider Asian Rally," 10 July 2018 Whether commanding attention from show-goers in person, or eliciting double taps on Instagram feeds, the awe-inspiring, boundary-pushing hair and makeup looks offered up dreamy respite from the blistering summer heat. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Blew Up on the Paris Runways," 6 July 2018 The fast-moving West Fire leveled homes, blackened hundreds of acres and forced evacuations Friday while tearing through rural neighborhoods near Viejas Casino amid a blistering heat wave, City News Service reported. Ramona Sentinel, "Friday fires prompt county to proclaim local emergency," 6 July 2018 Maritime Robotics, a Norwegian firm, sells a much faster surface drone that zips along at a blistering 60 knots under diesel power. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 July 2018 The debate that Powell provoked that late April day drew immediate and blistering response. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of blistering

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blistering was in 1708

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English Language Learners Definition of blistering

: very harsh or powerful

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to reject or criticize sharply

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