blister

noun
blis·​ter | \ ˈbli-stər How to pronounce blister (audio) \
plural blisters

Definition of blister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fluid-filled elevation of the epidermis — compare water blister
2 : an enclosed raised spot (as in paint or the surface of baked dough) resembling a blister
3 : an agent (such as lewisite) that causes blistering
4 : a fungal disease of plants marked by raised patches on the leaves
5 : any of various structures that bulge out (such as a gunner's compartment on a bomber)

blister

verb
blistered; blistering\ ˈbli-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blistering (audio) \

Definition of blister (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become affected with a blister

transitive verb

1 : to raise a blister on
3 : to defeat (a competitor) decisively … Brodeur was blistered in the early rounds by lightly regarded teams … before backstopping New Jersey to the championship last season.— Kostya Kennedy
4 : to hit (a ball, shot, etc.) very powerfully … Soriano blistered a line drive toward left field.— Buster Olney

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Other Words from blister

Noun

blistery \ ˈbli-​st(ə-​)rē How to pronounce blistery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of blister in a Sentence

Noun

She developed a blister on her heel where her shoe rubbed against it.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Always bring blister dressings in your first aid kit, too. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Essential Hiking Safety Tips You Should Always Follow," 10 May 2019 Parkland historian Jeff Schwartz has watched the flower bouquets shrivel, the Stoneman Douglas posters become pulp, the loving, handwritten notes blister in the South Florida sun. Phillip Valys, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland volunteers work quickly to preserve Stoneman Douglas makeshift memorials," 10 Mar. 2018 Some people experience soreness and red or purple swelling, while others get blisters or ulcers. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Summer Has Arrived — Here's How to Avoid Flesh-Eating Bacteria & More Warm Weather Health Hazards," 5 June 2018 During the vacation, Jaime developed burns and blisters. PEOPLE.com, "For Children with This Rare Life-Threatening Skin Condition, Sunlight Can Kill," 23 Mar. 2018 Nearby, Mexican Red Cross ambulances treated migrants, mostly for foot blisters and dehydration. José De Córdoba And Juan Montes, WSJ, "On the Caravan Trail, Grueling Conditions Take Toll on Migrants," 26 Oct. 2018 Ohtani left his start on Wednesday after four innings with what the team said was a blister. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Angels Place Shohei Ohtani on Disabled List With UCL Sprain," 8 June 2018 In fact, blisters can often bead up due to dermatological issues, because a long list of conditions may cause this symptom. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 Microwave them for a minute or two first, blister with the torch, sprinkle with salt. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cook Anything with a Torch," 8 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The answer, according to Callaway Golf, is a blistering 120 mph. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "How Boeing Used Airplane Aerodynamics To Build a Better Golf Club," 14 Jan. 2016 Fire had scorched his fence line, leveled the garage and picket fence, and blistered the brown paint from a corner of the house. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "What’s Left in Two Communities After Fires Killed 44," 12 Nov. 2018 Cellulitis can cause a painful, red, tender, swollen rash that may blister and scab over, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 But many in this city of dusty desert winds and blistering salsa, bristle at the prospect of their home becoming a border wall poster child. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "El Paso bristles at Trump’s claim that wall made city safe," 11 Feb. 2019 With a more serious second-degree burn — one that covers a large area, is incredibly blistered or painful, or is in a tough to treat position such as your hand or the back of your legs — see a doctor. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "A Visual Guide to Identifying First-, Second- and Third-Degree Burns," 6 Aug. 2018 The group of 40 students set off from Madison in the direction of Janesville on Sunday in blistering 37-degree weather, wearing their warmest winter clothes and best walking shoes. Saba Hamedy, CNN, "'50 Miles More': Wisconsin students take gun reform fight to Paul Ryan's hometown," 25 Mar. 2018 More than a thousand fans blasted the gimmick in blistering Amazon reviews. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Beer Coolers and Hookahs—Welcome to the World of German Pop Music," 23 Jan. 2019 With daily fieldwork and nightly lectures, participants bunk in ramshackle shelters and see as much bone-chilling wind and rain as skin-blistering sun reflected off endless mounds of snow. Scott Yorko, Popular Mechanics, "Back to Alaska: How a Legendary Glacier Adventure Almost Died When the World Needed It Most," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of blister

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for blister

Noun

Middle English blister, blester, probably from Old English *blȳster, *blǣster; akin to Old Norse blāstr swelling, Old English blǣst blast

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blister

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blister

: a raised area on the skin that contains clear liquid and that is caused by injury to the skin
: a raised area on a surface (such as a painted wall) that is filled with air

blister

noun
blis·​ter | \ ˈbli-stər How to pronounce blister (audio) \

Kids Definition of blister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small raised area of the skin filled with a watery liquid
2 : a swelling (as in paint) that looks like a blister of the skin

blister

verb
blistered; blistering

Kids Definition of blister (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to develop a blister or blisters My heel blistered on the hike.
2 : to cause blisters on Tight shoes can blister your feet.

blister

noun
blis·​ter | \ ˈblis-tər How to pronounce blister (audio) \

Medical Definition of blister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fluid-filled elevation of the epidermis — compare water blister
2 : an agent that causes blistering

Other Words from blister

blistery \ -​t(ə-​)rē How to pronounce blistery (audio) \ adjective

blister

verb
blistered; blistering\ -​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blistering (audio) \

Medical Definition of blister (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become affected with blisters

transitive verb

: to raise a blister on

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