A gun blast.
An example of a blast is the sound of a gun being shot.
- a gust of wind; strong rush of air
- the sound of a sudden rush of air or gas, as through a trumpet
- a strong, artificially created jet of air, steam, exhaust gases, etc.
- the steady current of air forced into a blast furnace
- an abrupt and damaging influence, esp. a plant blight
- an explosion, as of dynamite
- a charge of explosive causing this
- a wave of air of increased pressure followed by one of lower pressure radiating from an explosion
- ⌂ a strong, sudden outburst, as of criticism
- ⌂ Slang, Sports a strong, driving hit, as of a baseball
- ⌂ Slang a pleasurable, exciting event or experience, as a wild party
Origin of blastMiddle English ; from Old English blæst, puff of wind ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhl?-, variant, variety of base an unverified form bhel-, to swell, blow up from source ball, Classical Latin flare
- to make a loud, harsh sound
- to set off explosives, gunfire, etc.
- to suffer or wither from a blight
- to damage or destroy by or as if by a blight; wither; ruin
- to blow up or move with or as with an explosive; explode
- ⌂ to attack or criticize sharply
- ⌂ Slang, Sports to drive (a ball) far with a sharp blow of the bat or club
(at) full blast
Origin of -blast; from Classical Greek blastos, a sprout
- a. A very strong gust of wind or air.b. The effect of such a gust.
- A forcible stream of air, gas, or steam from an opening, especially one in a blast furnace to aid combustion.
- a. A sudden loud sound, especially one produced by a stream of forced air: a piercing blast from the steam whistle.b. The act of producing such a sound: gave a blast on his trumpet.
- a. A violent explosion, as of dynamite or a bomb.b. The violent effect of such an explosion, consisting of a wave of increased atmospheric pressure followed immediately by a wave of decreased pressure.c. An explosive charge.
- Botany Any of several plant diseases of diverse causes, resulting in sudden death of buds, flowers, foliage, or young fruits.
- A destructive or damaging influence.
- A powerful hit, blow, or shot.
- A violent verbal assault or outburst: The candidate leveled a blast at her opponent.
- Slang A highly exciting or pleasurable experience or event, such as a big party.
verbblast·ed, blast·ing, blasts
- To knock down or shatter by explosion; smash.
- To play or sound loudly: The amplifiers blasted the music.
- a. To cause to move with great force; hurl: The volcanic eruption blasted rock far and wide.b. To make or open by explosion: blast a tunnel through the mountains.
- a. To shoot or destroy by shooting: fighter jets trying to blast each other out of the sky.b. Sports To hit, kick, or shoot (a ball or puck) with great force.
- To have a harmful or destructive effect on: a loss that blasted our hopes of making the playoffs.
- To criticize or attack vigorously: blasted the mayor for hypocrisy.
- To cause to shrivel, wither, or mature imperfectly by blast or blight: crops that were blasted by frost.
- To use or detonate explosives.
- To emit a loud, intense sound; blare: speakers blasting at full volume.
- To discharge a weapon. especially repeatedly; shoot: blasted away at the target.
- To attack someone or something verbally; criticize.
- To move with great speed or power: a motorcycle blasting down the road.
- Electronics To distort sound recording or transmission by overloading a microphone or loudspeaker.
- To wither or shrivel or mature imperfectly.
Origin of blastMiddle English, from Old English bl&aemac;st; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
- Biology An immature, embryonic stage in the development of cells or tissues: erythroblast.
- Geology A crystal or mineral deposit formed in metamorphic rock: porphyroblast.
Origin of -blastFrom Greek blastos, bud, germ.
- A violent gust of wind.
- And see where surly Winter passes off, / Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts; / His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill.
- A forcible stream of air from an orifice, as from a bellows, the mouth, etc. Hence: The continuous blowing to which one charge of ore or metal is subjected in a furnace; as, to melt so many tons of iron at a blast.
- The exhaust steam from an engine, driving a column of air out of a boiler chimney, and thus creating an intense draught through the fire; also, any draught produced by the blast.
- An explosion, especially for the purpose of destroying a mass of rock, etc.
- An explosive charge for blasting.
- A loud, sudden sound.
- A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind, especially on animals and plants; a blight.
- (figuratively, informal) A good time; an enjoyable moment.
- We had a blast at the party last night.
- (marketing) A promotional message sent to an entire mailing list.
- an e-mail blast; a fax blast
- A flatulent disease of sheep.
(third-person singular simple present blasts, present participle blasting, simple past and past participle blasted)
- To confound by a loud blast or din.
- (intransitive) To make a loud noise.
- To shatter, as if by an explosion.
- To open up a hole in, usually by means of a sudden and imprecise method (such as an explosion).
- Blast right through it.
- To curse; to damn.
- Blast it! Foiled again.
- (sci-fi) To shoot, especially with an energy weapon (as opposed to one which fires projectiles).
- Chewbacca blasted the Stormtroopers with his laser rifle.
- (soccer) To shoot; kick the ball in hope of scoring a goal.
- To criticize or reprimand severely; to verbally discipline or punish.
- My manager suddenly blasted me yesterday for being a little late to work for five days in a row, because I was never getting myself up on time.
- To blight or wither.
- A cold wind blasted the rose plants.
- Blast it; damn it.
- (cytology) An immature or undifferentiated cell (e.g., lymphoblast, myeloblast).
From Ancient Greek βλαστός (blastos, “germ or sprout”).
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