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 blistering (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
Recent Examples on the Web The high temperatures — coming barely a week after a blistering early-season heat wave — underscore the likely danger of this year’s wildfire season, which is coming earlier and promises to spread faster than in previous years. Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2021 The bullpen opened the season with a blistering 9-1 record, then limped to an 11-11 record in April and May, which included a 2-5 mark and 5.56 ERA in the final month of the season. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 3 June 2021 IHS Markit, a leading forecasting firm, predicts the U.S. economy will grow at a blistering annual rate of 11% in the current quarter, slowing only to a rapid 8.5% pace in the final three months of the year. Don Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 The Nuggets are now devastating on both ends, scoring a blistering 135.1 points per 100 non-garbage-time possessions while allowing a minuscule 102.3 points per 100, according to Cleaning the Glass — both absolute top-of-the-pops-level elite marks. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 7 Apr. 2021 Arizona State got off to a blistering 4-1 start before losing four straight and finishing with an 8-5 record. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2020 Damian Lillard had a blistering nine-game stretch in the restart, carrying Portland to the No. 8 seed with a 6-3 record. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2020 The Celtics shot 55% from the field, including a blistering 60% from three-point range, as Tatum (5 of 8), Jaylen Brown (6 of 8), Hayward (4 of 5) and Walker (2 of 2) took turns burning the Blazers from beyond the arc. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2020 Patrick O’Leary, a former standout at Penn, was the No. 2 seed and the top score from qualifying after shooting a blistering 11-under par 133, including a 64 at Shaker Run on Tuesday. James Weber, The Enquirer, 24 June 2020

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Blistering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blistering

: very harsh or powerful

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