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

Cron joins regulars Eddie Rosario (ankle), Jake Odorizzi (blister) and Willians Astudillo (oblique) on the injured list and will miss at least the three-game series at Cleveland on the other side of the July 8-11 all-star break. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Can you imagine Twins taking a Friday off? They can’t either," 6 July 2019 Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that causes a blister-like rash, itching, fever and tiredness, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A Kentucky teen sued to attend school without a chickenpox vaccine. He just lost in court -- again," 2 July 2019 Roast chile, onion, garlic, and tomatoes until skin blisters. 2. al.com, "Barbecue tips from Auburn’s Bow & Arrow chefs," 12 June 2019 These manifest themselves as blisters that rupture over the course of a few days after the burn. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Walking your dog during the summer? Don't let them suffer the same fate as Olaf," 3 July 2018 Twice, a bothersome blister on his left middle finger interrupted the start to his first full professional season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: MacKenzie Gore healthy, himself, in rhythm with Storm," 18 June 2019 Orioles starter Andrew Cashner, returning to the mound Monday night after a short layoff with a blister on his right middle finger, hit No. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles open West Coast swing with 3-2 loss to Athletics, extending losing streak to six," 18 June 2019 What was meant to be a joyous occasion turned into a nightmare, however, when a blister on his left foot left him distraught and quashed hopes of adding to his grand slam haul. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Marin Cilic feels he can win more grand slams ... could it happen at Wimbledon next month?," 17 June 2019 Right-hander Rookie Davis, who started the game Friday night, went on the IL with a blister on his middle finger. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Pirates 3: Zach Davies becomes first starter in club history to start season 7-0," 8 June 2019

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His hands blistered, Guerrero more than equaled his season's salary of $468,468. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Money Ball: Mets' Alonso wins HR Derby, $1M, tops Vlad Jr," 8 July 2019 Because of This Insanely Rare Skin Condition His condition leaves his skin looking burned and blistered, which makes him unable to walk and causes excruciating pain. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "‘Butterfly Children’ Disease Causes This Boy’s Skin to Look Burned and Blistered," 10 June 2019 Last campaign was another Pogba special, featuring periods of blistering form and diabolical displays in equal measure. SI.com, "Transfers Window: How 7 of Last Summer's Most Talked About Players Fared During the 2018/19 Season," 10 June 2019 His crews worked over the weekend in blistering heat to wrap up last-minute details, while warehouse workers inside the complex moved boxes marked with familiar names like Honda, Toyota and GMC. NBC News, "Texas border town feels stress of Trump tariff threat against Mexico," 10 June 2019 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

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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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