Blast definition

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A destructive or damaging influence.
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To knock down or shatter by explosion; smash.
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The definition of a blast is a strong gust of air, the sound of a sudden rush of air or gas, or an explosion.

An example of a blast is the sound of a gun being shot.

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(botany) Any of several plant diseases of diverse causes, resulting in sudden death of buds, flowers, foliage, or young fruits.
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A powerful hit, blow, or shot.
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A violent verbal assault or outburst.

The candidate leveled a blast at her opponent.

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(slang) A highly exciting or pleasurable experience or event, such as a big party.
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A very strong gust of wind or air.
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The effect of such a gust.
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A sudden loud sound, especially one produced by a stream of forced air.

A piercing blast from the steam whistle.

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The act of producing such a sound.

Gave a blast on his trumpet.

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A violent explosion, as of dynamite or a bomb.
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The violent effect of such an explosion, consisting of a wave of increased atmospheric pressure followed immediately by a wave of decreased pressure.
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An explosive charge.
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To play or sound loudly.

The amplifiers blasted the music.

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To have a harmful or destructive effect on.

A loss that blasted our hopes of making the playoffs.

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To criticize or attack vigorously.

Blasted the mayor for hypocrisy.

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To cause to shrivel, wither, or mature imperfectly by blast or blight.

Crops that were blasted by frost.

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To cause to move with great force; hurl.

The volcanic eruption blasted rock far and wide.

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To make or open by explosion.

Blast a tunnel through the mountains.

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To shoot or destroy by shooting.

Fighter jets trying to blast each other out of the sky.

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(sports) To hit, kick, or shoot (a ball or puck) with great force.
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To use or detonate explosives.
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To emit a loud, intense sound; blare.

Speakers blasting at full volume.

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To discharge a weapon. especially repeatedly; shoot.

Blasted away at the target.

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To attack someone or something verbally; criticize.
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To move with great speed or power.

A motorcycle blasting down the road.

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(electronics) To distort sound recording or transmission by overloading a microphone or loudspeaker.
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To wither or shrivel or mature imperfectly.
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(biology) An immature, embryonic stage in the development of cells or tissues.

Erythroblast.

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(geology) A crystal or mineral deposit formed in metamorphic rock.

Porphyroblast.

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A gust of wind; strong rush of air.
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The sound of a sudden rush of air or gas, as through a trumpet.
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A strong, artificially created jet of air, steam, exhaust gases, etc.
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The steady current of air forced into a blast furnace.
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An abrupt and damaging influence, esp. a plant blight.
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A strong, sudden outburst, as of criticism.
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(slang, sports) A strong, driving hit, as of a baseball.
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(slang) A pleasurable, exciting event or experience, as a wild party.
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An explosion, as of dynamite.
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A charge of explosive causing this.
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A wave of air of increased pressure followed by one of lower pressure radiating from an explosion.
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To make a loud, harsh sound.
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To set off explosives, gunfire, etc.
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To suffer or wither from a blight.
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To damage or destroy by or as if by a blight; wither; ruin.
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To blow up or move with or as with an explosive; explode.
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To attack or criticize sharply.
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(slang, sports) To drive (a ball) far with a sharp blow of the bat or club.
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Germ, embryo.

Epiblast.

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(biology) An immature, embryonic stage in the development of cells or tissues.

Erythroblast.

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​A violent gust of wind.
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    And see where surly Winter passes off, / Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts; / His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill.
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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.
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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.
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An explosion, especially for the purpose of destroying a mass of rock, etc.
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An explosive charge for blasting.
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A loud, sudden sound.
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A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind, especially on animals and plants; a blight.
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(figuratively, informal) A good time; an enjoyable moment.

We had a blast at the party last night.

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(marketing) A promotional message sent to an entire mailing list.

An e-mail blast; a fax blast.

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To confound by a loud blast or din.
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(intransitive) To make a loud noise.
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To shatter, as if by an explosion.
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To open up a hole in, usually by means of a sudden and imprecise method (such as an explosion).

Blast right through it.

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To curse; to damn.

Blast it! Foiled again.

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(sci-fi) To shoot, especially with an energy weapon (as opposed to one which fires projectiles).

Chewbacca blasted the Stormtroopers with his laser rifle.

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(soccer) To shoot; kick the ball in hope of scoring a goal.
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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.

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To blight or wither.

A cold wind blasted the rose plants.

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Blast it; damn it.
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(cytology) An immature or undifferentiated cell (e.g., lymphoblast, myeloblast).
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A forcible stream of air, gas, or steam from an opening, especially one in a blast furnace to aid combustion.
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  • At full speed, volume, or capacity:
    Turned the radio up full blast.
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blast off
  • to take off with explosive force and begin its flight
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(at) full blast
  • at full speed or capacity
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
blast
Plural:
blasts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

(at) full blast

Origin of blast

  • < Gr blastos, a sprout

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English blǣst bhlē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Greek blastos bud, germ

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English blast from Old English blǣst (“blowing, blast”), from Proto-Germanic *blēstaz, *blēstuz (“blowing, blast”). Cognate with German Blast (“wind, blowing”). More at blow.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek βλαστός (blastos, “germ or sprout”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek βλαστός (blastos, “germ, sprout").

    From Wiktionary