blistering

adjective

blis·​ter·​ing ˈbli-st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce blistering (audio)
1
: extremely intense or severe
blistering heat
2
: very rapid
a blistering pace
blistering adverb
blisteringly adverb

Example Sentences

a hockey player with a blistering slap shot even after a blistering attack from the enemy, the fortress held
Recent Examples on the Web In this blistering psychological thriller, a first-year student at Oxford reckons with intergenerational trauma and repressed memory after a spate of flashbacks force her to relive the violence of her volatile mother’s childhood in Singapore. New York Times, 21 Sep. 2022 Just three years ago, the distant sons of Gil Perreault opened with a blistering 8-2-0 mark, and then collapsed over the next 59 games (22-29-8). Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2022 That starting group was also shooting a blistering 61.9% from the field, also the best mark in the league in terms of offensive efficiency. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Nov. 2022 Pera, often cracking a blistering two-hand backhander, bolted to a 4-0 lead in the opening set in less than 15 minutes. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2022 Knapp and Alper are smart to surround Renée with a larger-than-expected backing band of seven players, three of whom make up a blistering horn section, anchored by the steady, admirably understated guitar played by Brendan Saadat. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 Granted, the economy just grew at a blistering 6.9% annual rate in the fourth quarter, but many things have changed since then, including two more months so far in 2022 of continuing high inflation. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2022 Inflation has proven to be one of the most blistering features of the pandemic recovery, one that weighs directly on households across the country. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 The coupé can rocket from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 second and has a blistering top speed of 220.5 mph. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blistering was in 1708

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“Blistering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blistering. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

blistering

adjective

1
: very intense
blistering heat
2
: very fast
a blistering pace

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