from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A very strong gust of wind or air.
  • n. The effect of such a gust.
  • n. A forcible stream of air, gas, or steam from an opening, especially one in a blast furnace to aid combustion.
  • n. A sudden loud sound, especially one produced by a stream of forced air: a piercing blast from the steam whistle.
  • n. The act of producing such a sound: gave a blast on his trumpet.
  • n. A violent explosion, as of dynamite or a bomb.
  • n. The violent effect of such an explosion, consisting of a wave of increased atmospheric pressure followed immediately by a wave of decreased pressure.
  • n. An explosive charge.
  • n. Botany Any of several plant diseases of diverse causes, resulting in sudden death of buds, flowers, foliage, or young fruits.
  • n. A destructive or damaging influence.
  • n. A powerful hit, blow, or shot.
  • n. A violent verbal assault or outburst: The candidate leveled a blast at her opponent.
  • n. Slang A highly exciting or pleasurable experience or event, such as a big party.
  • transitive v. To knock down or shatter by or as if by explosion; smash.
  • transitive v. To play or sound loudly: The referees blasted their whistles.
  • transitive v. To hit with great force: The batter blasted the ball to right field.
  • transitive v. To kill or destroy by hitting or shooting.
  • transitive v. To have a harmful or destructive effect on.
  • transitive v. To cause to shrivel, wither, or mature imperfectly by or as if by blast or blight: crops that were blasted by frost.
  • transitive v. To make or open by or as if by explosion: blast a tunnel through the mountains.
  • transitive v. To criticize or attack vigorously.
  • intransitive v. To use or detonate explosives.
  • intransitive v. To emit a loud, intense sound; blare: speakers blasting at full volume.
  • intransitive v. To wither or shrivel or mature imperfectly.
  • intransitive v. To criticize or attack with vigor.
  • intransitive v. To shoot.
  • intransitive v. Electronics To distort sound recording or transmission by overloading a microphone or loudspeaker.
  • blast off To take off, as a rocket.
  • idiom full blast At full speed, volume, or capacity: turned the radio up full blast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A violent gust of wind.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An explosion.
  • n. A loud, sudden sound.
  • n. A good time; an enjoyable moment.
  • v. To make a loud noise.
  • v. To shatter, as if by an explosion.
  • v. To open up a hole in, usually by means of a sudden and imprecise method (such as an explosion).
  • v. To curse; to damn.
  • v. (sci-fi) To shoot, especially with an energy weapon (as opposed to one which fires projectiles).
  • v. To shoot; kick the ball in hope of scoring a goal.
  • v. To criticize or reprimand severely; to verbally discipline or punish.
  • v. To blight or wither.
  • v. To be blighted or withered.
  • v. To blow, as on a trumpet.
  • interj. Blast it; damn it.
  • n. An immature or undifferentiated cell (e.g., lymphoblast, myeloblast).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A violent gust of wind.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The exhaust steam from and 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.
  • n. The sound made by blowing a wind instrument; strictly, the sound produces at one breath.
  • n. A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind, especially on animals and plants; a blight.
  • n. The act of rending, or attempting to rend, heavy masses of rock, earth, etc., by the explosion of gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; also, the charge used for this purpose.
  • n. A flatulent disease of sheep.
  • intransitive v. To be blighted or withered.
  • intransitive v. To blow; to blow on a trumpet.
  • transitive v. To injure, as by a noxious wind; to cause to wither; to stop or check the growth of, and prevent from fruit-bearing, by some pernicious influence; to blight; to shrivel.
  • transitive v. Hence, to affect with some sudden violence, plague, calamity, or blighting influence, which destroys or causes to fail; to visit with a curse; to curse; to ruin.
  • transitive v. To confound by a loud blast or din.
  • transitive v. To rend open by any explosive agent, as gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; to shatter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To blow; puff; breathe hard; pant.
  • To smoke tobacco.
  • To boast; brag; speak ostentatiously.
  • To wither; be blighted.
  • To burst as by an explosion; blow up.
  • To blow forth or abroad; hence, to utter loudly; proclaim.
  • To break or tear to pieces (rocks or similar materials) by the agency of gunpowder or other explosive.
  • To confound or stun by a loud blast or din; split; burst.
  • To blow or breathe on so as to injure, as a sudden gust or destructive wind; cause to fade, shrivel, or wither; check the growth of and prevent from coming to maturity and producing fruit; blight, as trees or plants.
  • To blight or cause to come to nothing, as by some pernicious influence; bring destruction, calamity, or infamy upon; ruin: as, to blast pride, hopes, reputation, happiness.
  • To curse; strike with the wrath of heaven.
  • See blasto-.
  • n. A subtle kind of matter supposed by Van Helmont, a Dutch mystic philosopher, to be radiated from the stars and to produce effects opposite to those of heat.
  • n. A blowing; a gust or puff of wind; especially, a strong and sudden gust.
  • n. A forcible stream of air from the mouth, from bellows, or the like.
  • n. Hence A jet of exhaust-steam thrown into a smoke-stack to assist the draft.
  • n. In metallurgy, the air forced into a furnace for the purpose of accelerating combustion. A furnace is said to be in blast when it is in operation, out of blast when stopped, either temporarily or permanently.
  • n. The sound made by blowing a wind-instrument, as a horn or trumpet; strictly, the sound produced by one breath.
  • n. Any sudden, pernicious, or destructive influence upon animals or plants; the infection of anything pestilential; a blight.
  • n. Hence—7. Any withering or destructive influence; a curse.
  • n. The product of a blast or blight; a bud which never blossoms.
  • n. The charge of gunpowder or other explosive used at one firing in blasting operations.
  • n. The explosion of inflammable air in a mine.
  • n. A flatulent disease in sheep.
  • n. A smoke of tobacco.
  • n. Synonyms Gust, etc. See wind, n.
  • n. In mining, a fall of water down a mine-shaft designed to produce or quicken ventilation.
  • n. In the West Indies, a disease of the sugar-cane, probably caused by an acarid now known as the sugar-cane mite. The species is still unde-scribed.
  • n. In zoology, one of the spindle-shaped, spore-like bodies in the life-cycle of certain Sporozoa, such as the malarial parasite.

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

  • v. make with or as if with an explosion
  • n. a very long fly ball
  • n. a sudden very loud noise
  • v. shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
  • v. create by using explosives
  • v. criticize harshly or violently
  • n. intense adverse criticism
  • v. apply a draft or strong wind to to
  • v. shatter as if by explosion
  • v. use explosives on
  • v. fire a shot
  • v. hit hard
  • n. a highly pleasurable or exciting experience
  • v. make a strident sound
  • n. a strong current of air
  • n. an explosion (as of dynamite)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English blǣst.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English blast from Old English blǣst ("blowing, blast"). More at blow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek βλαστός (blastos, "germ or sprout").



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