Definitions

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

  • n. A local swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid and is caused by burning or irritation.
  • n. A similar swelling on a plant.
  • n. A raised bubble, as on a painted or laminated surface.
  • n. A rounded, bulging, usually transparent structure, such as one used for observation on certain aircraft or for display and protection of packaged products.
  • transitive v. To cause a blister to form on.
  • transitive v. To reprove harshly.
  • intransitive v. To break out in or as if in blisters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small bubble between the layers of the skin that contains watery or bloody fluid and is caused by friction and pressure, burning, freezing, chemical irritation, disease or infection.
  • n. A swelling on a plant.
  • n. Something applied to the skin to raise a blister; a vesicatory or other applied medicine.
  • n. A bubble, as on a painted surface.
  • n. An enclosed pocket of air, which may be mixed with water or solvent vapor, trapped between impermeable layers of felt or between the membrane and substrate.
  • v. To cause blisters to form.
  • v. To criticise severely.
  • v. To break out in blisters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vesicle of the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, or by a vesicatory; a collection of serous fluid causing a bladderlike elevation of the cuticle.
  • n. Any elevation made by the separation of the film or skin, as on plants; or by the swelling of the substance at the surface, as on steel.
  • n. A vesicatory; a plaster of Spanish flies, or other matter, applied to raise a blister.
  • intransitive v. To be affected with a blister or blisters; to have a blister form on.
  • transitive v. To raise a blister or blisters upon.
  • transitive v. To give pain to, or to injure, as if by a blister.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, by a vesicatory, or by disease; a pustule.
  • n. An elevation made by the lifting up of an external film or skin by confined air or fluid, as on plants, or by the swelling of the substance at the surface, as on steel.
  • n. Something applied to the skin to raise a blister, as a plaster of Spanish flies, mustard, etc., as a means of counter-irritation; a vesicatory.
  • n. In castings of different materials, an effect caused by the presence of confined bubbles of air or gas.
  • n. A distortion of peach-leaves caused by the fungus Exoascus deformans; bladder-blight. See Exoascus. Also called blistering.
  • To raise a blister or blisters on, as by a burn, medical application, or friction: as, to blister one's hands.
  • To raise filmy vesicles on by heat: as, too high a temperature will blister paint; blistered steel. See blister-steel.
  • Figuratively, to cause to suffer as if from blisters; subject to burning shame or disgrace.
  • To rise in blisters, or become blistered.
  • n. A swelling on a metal plate; a bag.
  • n. A young oyster.
  • n. In photography, a defect in a plate or on a paper in the process of coating with gelatin, albumin, or collodion.
  • n. In glass-making, a defect in the glass caused by the retention of gas-bubbles formed during the melting.
  • n. A common disease of pear-leaves produced by a mite, Phytoptus pyri, commonly called the pear-leaf blister mite. Each blister is a swelling of the leaf, producing a cavity in which the mites are found.

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

  • n. (botany) a swelling on a plant similar to that on the skin
  • v. cause blisters to form on
  • v. subject to harsh criticism
  • n. a flaw on a surface resulting when an applied substance does not adhere (as an air bubble in a coat of paint)
  • v. get blistered
  • n. (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid

Etymologies

Middle English, probably from Old French blestre, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French blestre. (Wiktionary)

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  • The Mrs. kr. Mr.
    Then how her Mr. kr.!
    He kr. kr. kr.
    Until he raised a blr.

    The blr. killed his Mrs.
    Then how he mr. krs.!
    His heartsick reminrs.
    Felt like spiritual abrs.

    He mr. mr. mr.
    Until he kr. sr.
    And though hrs. did insr.
    Place be shamed, he did assr.

    Since her doubts have not dismr.
    From the place of her dear sr.
    Now he covers her with krs.
    In the memory of his mrs.

    (from "The Futility Closet" website)

    February 10, 2009

  • Well, I never see anything like that old blister for clean out-and-out cheek. HF 29

    December 7, 2006