blistering

adjective
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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Kathleen Doyle scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes (28-6), who held the Tigers to 36 percent shooting and blew them away with a blistering 23-4 run in the second half. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "Gustafson, Iowa blow past Missouri 68-52," 24 Mar. 2019 The regime offensive in Daraa province began last month with a blistering wave of airstrikes and a ground assault that forced more than a quarter of a million people to flee. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Russia stays in the driver’s seat in Syria," 10 July 2018 Shingles, which is triggered by dormant chicken pox virus, causes a painful blistering rash along with possible complications including searing nerve pain and pneumonia. CBS News, "CDC warns of shingles vaccine shortage," 29 June 2018 The rifle’s caseless ammunition and rotating breech is what achieve these blistering rates of fire. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was," 20 Mar. 2019 That is roughly 17% below its 10-year average of 16.8 times, despite a blistering rally in Chinese stocks over the... Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "China’s Stock Market Isn’t Quite The Bargain It Seems," 1 Mar. 2019 Google and Facebook have faced blistering criticism lately for their attempts to work in China. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy," 25 Oct. 2018 One blistering morning, a 55-year-old woman named Lin gripped the hot metal handles of her handcart. Zia Ur-rehman, The Seattle Times, "How record heat has wreaked havoc on four continents," 31 July 2018 A dozen Latin American governments and Canada delivered a blistering rebuke Friday, rejecting the legitimacy of Maduro’s second term and urging him to hand over power as the only path to restoring democracy. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to US to protest Maduro," 7 Jan. 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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blistering

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blistering

: very harsh or powerful

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