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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That figure draws a blistering comparison with the national average for high school teachers, $59,170 per year. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "2020 Contender Kamala Harris Has a Plan to Pay Teachers Higher Salaries Nationwide," 5 Apr. 2019 Exhausted migrants rested on tarps inside giant tents set up by local officials, or spread sleeping bags on the stands after weeks of walking under the blistering sun by day and tropical downpours at night. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Migrant Caravan Makes a Stop in Mexico City," 6 Nov. 2018 Other descendants of presidents, in town for a summit organized by the White House Historical Association, and board members of the organization, also attended the brief ceremonial planting under a blistering late-August sun. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Melania Trump joins presidential descendants to plant baby Eisenhower oak at White House," 27 Aug. 2018 Her 5-month-old son, Gannon, stayed behind in the car and the blistering Florida sun. Maritza Moulite, CNN, "37 US children die in hot cars each year, report says," 12 June 2018 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

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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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