a sudden and violent gust of wind:Wintry blasts chilled us to the marrow.
the blowing of a trumpet, whistle, etc.:One blast of the siren was enough to clear the street.
a loud, sudden sound or noise:The radio let out an awful blast before I could turn it off.
a forcible stream of air from the mouth, bellows, or the like.
Mechanical Engineeringair forced into a furnace by a blower to increase the rate of combustion.
Mechanical Engineeringa jet of steam directed up a smokestack, as of a steam locomotive, to increase draft.
Mechanical Engineeringa draft thus increased.
a forceful or explosive throw, hit, etc.:a blast down the third-base line.
a party or riotously good time:Did we have a blast last night!
something that gives great pleasure or enjoyment; thrill; treat:My new electronic game is a blast.
a vigorous outburst of criticism; attack.
MeteorologySee blast wave.
Mining, Civil Engineeringthe charge of dynamite or other explosive used at one firing in blasting operations.
the act of exploding; explosion:Some say the blast was in the next county.
Plant Diseasesany pernicious or destructive influence, esp. on animals or plants; a blight.
Plant Diseasesthe sudden death of buds, flowers, or young fruit.
Idiomsat full blast, at maximum capacity; at or with full volume or speed:The factory is going at full blast.Also, full blast.
to make a loud noise on; blow (a trumpet, automobile horn, etc.):He blasted his horn irritably at every car in his way.
to cause to shrivel or wither; blight.
to affect with any pernicious influence; ruin; destroy:Failure in the exam blasted her hopes for college. It was an indiscretion that blasted his good reputation.
to break up or dislodge (a tree stump, rock, etc.):Their explosives were inadequate to blast the granite.
to make, form, open up, etc., by blasting:to blast a tunnel through a mountain.
to show to be false, unreliable, etc.; discredit:His facts soundly blasted the new evidence.
Informal Termsto curse; damn (usually fol. by it or an object):Blast it, there's the phone again! Blast the time, we've got to finish this work.
to censure or criticize vigorously; denounce:In his campaign speech he really blasts the other party.
to hit or propel with great force:He blasted a homer that tied the game. They were blasted into outer space.
to shoot:The terrorists blasted him down.
to produce a loud, blaring sound:The trumpets blasted as the overture began. His voice blasted until the microphone was turned down.
to shoot:He whipped out his revolver and started blasting.
Slang Terms, Drugsto take narcotics.
(of a rocket) to leave a launch pad under its own power.
(of an astronaut) to travel aloft in a rocket.
bef. 1000; 1955–60 for def. 7a; Middle English (noun, nominal and verb, verbal); Old English blǣst (noun, nominal) a blowing; akin to Old Norse blāstr, Old High German blāst (derivative of blāsan, cognate with Gothic ufblēsan, Old Norse blāsa). See blow2
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged squall, gale, blow, storm. See wind1.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged blare, screech.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discharge, outburst.
17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged annihilate.
var. of blasto - as final element of a compound word:ectoblast.