from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of blast.
  • n. A planned explosion, as in mining.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A blast; destruction by a blast, or by some pernicious cause.
  • n. The act or process of one who, or that which, blasts; the business of one who blasts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affecting with injury or blight; destructive.
  • n. A blast; destruction by a pernicious cause; blight.
  • n. The operation of splitting rocks by gunpowder or other explosive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing injury or blight; especially affecting with sudden violence or plague or ruin
  • adj. unpleasantly loud and penetrating


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  • The Section somehow got hold of a city tram and off we were -- about thirty of us -- in the tram, riding around downtown Prague, in the heart of communist-controlled Central Europe, for some two hours, with jazz music blasting from a tape recorder, drinking Soviet (if I remember its provenance correctly) champagne.

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  • Whereas I was under the impression that the festival's disparate films and bands and wrestling riots -- leaping across styles and categories and burning more than a few brains along the way -- were nitroglycerin blasting cohesion to smithereens, my next shot of Sailor Rum steered me to the ship of truth.

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  • All night fiestas with music blasting is not something I "tolerate," rather, to me it is the sound of freedom.

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  • Take note, however: all of these movies are to be viewed only in high definition, with sound blasting from a decent stereo system.

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  • Including a wave of phone calls blasting Barack Obama on several fronts including the past ties to 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

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  • His face cracked in a crazy grin that left us both in a paralytic standoff that was finally broken by his name blasting over the PA.

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  • Denoting '80s style boomboxes that blasted hip-hop, Mahala sounds little like what you'd expect to come out of that name, and yet the idea of blasting music makes perfect sense, given how LOUD those horn lines are.

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  • The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is now rolling out robocalls blasting Republican legislators for pocketing financial industry money while voting "to let Wall Street continue the same risky practices that crippled retirement accounts and cost taxpayers $700 billion ..."

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  • Richards, the "Master Blaster 'totally lived up to his name blasting players, managers and cricket administrators for the state of the game in the region today.

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  • "from the Saxon verb blastan, 'to spoil the fruits of the earth,' and was used from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries to describe, according to Bailey's Dictionary, 'the sudden unexplainable damage to animals or crops (caused by) winds and frosts that immediately follow rain." -Forgotten English

    January 30, 2012