blis·​ter·​ing | \ ˈbli-st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce blistering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce blisteringly (audio) \ 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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After a blistering day in the sun, rehydrate and and renew with these six home beauty luxuries and your skin will thank you 1. Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, "Resting Beach Face: Try 6 Must-Have Post-Swim Skincare Products," 7 Aug. 2019 The blistering cold was something no one predicted. Sydney Scott, Essence, "'Purple Rain' Director Recalls Meeting Prince And Working On The Classic Film," 26 July 2019 In that attack, a car bomb exploded outside the university gates, followed by a blistering, hours-long attack in which gunmen roamed through the compound shooting at students and teachers. Amir Shah, Fox News, "Explosion outside Kabul University kills 6, wounds 27," 19 July 2019 But Trump and top aides have brushed the criticism aside and continued their blistering attacks. Damian Paletta, Washington Post, "Trump insists Fed should cut interest rates, even though economists say that’s usually a sign of ‘economic distress’," 19 July 2019 The 31-year-old center fielder also got off to a blistering start to begin the season before his production spiraled. Los Angeles Times, "A calmer A.J. Pollock hopes for a strong second half with the Dodgers," 18 July 2019 And this is principally down to their blistering attack., "AFCON Roundup: Madagascar Continue Fairytale Tournament & Riyad Mahrez Leads Algeria Past Guinea," 8 July 2019 Several of their biggest question marks came through: Crystal Dunn who has been playing out of position at right back, withstood blistering attacks. Ann Killion,, "World Cup statement by Rapinoe and US women heard loud and clear," 28 June 2019 Champ's blistering start, which included bombing tee shots and five straight birdies and an eagle in a six-hole stretch from Nos. 2-7, put patrons on notice for a possible 59. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Cameron Champ takes Rocket Mortgage Classic lead after blistering 28," 28 June 2019

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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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not constant or steady

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