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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈblɑːst/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/blæst/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(blast, bläst)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
blast /blæst/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. a sudden and violent gust of wind:a chill blast from the north.
  2. the blowing of a trumpet, whistle, etc.:several blasts of the trumpet.
  3. a loud, sudden sound or noise: a harsh blast from the radio.
  4. a forceful throw, hit, etc.: hit a blast down third base.
  5. the act of exploding;
    explosion:a nuclear blast.
  6. Slang Termssomething that gives great pleasure, esp. a wild party:[usually: a + ~]had a blast at their parties.
  7. a vigorous outburst of criticism;
    attack:a blast of negative media attention.

v. 
  1. to produce a loud, blaring noise by or as if by blowing: [+ object]to blast a horn.[no object]The drivers were blasting on their horns.
  2. to shatter by or as if by an explosion;
    ruin or destroy:[+ object]blasted the enemy communications center.
  3. to make, form, or open up by using explosions, etc.: [+ object]to blast a tunnel.[no object]They were instructed not to blast in that area.
  4. to criticize vigorously;
    denounce:[+ object]The judge blasted his critics.
  5. to hit or propel with great force:[+ object]blasted that serve right past his opponent.
  6. Rocketry blast off, [no object] (of a rocket) to leave a launch pad:The missile blasted off.

interj. 
  1. (used as a mild curse or swear expression):Blast it, why does the phone ring whenever I'm in the shower?
Idioms
  1. Idioms (at) full blast, at maximum capacity or ability:The radio was on at full blast.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
blast  (blast, bläst),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a sudden and violent gust of wind:Wintry blasts chilled us to the marrow.
  2. the blowing of a trumpet, whistle, etc.:One blast of the siren was enough to clear the street.
  3. a loud, sudden sound or noise:The radio let out an awful blast before I could turn it off.
  4. a forcible stream of air from the mouth, bellows, or the like.
  5. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]
    • 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.
  6. a forceful or explosive throw, hit, etc.:a blast down the third-base line.
  7. Slang Terms
    • 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.
  8. a vigorous outburst of criticism;
    attack.
  9. MeteorologySee  blast wave. 
  10. Mining, Civil Engineeringthe charge of dynamite or other explosive used at one firing in blasting operations.
  11. the act of exploding;
    explosion:Some say the blast was in the next county.
  12. Plant Diseasesany pernicious or destructive influence, esp. on animals or plants;
    a blight.
  13. Plant Diseasesthe sudden death of buds, flowers, or young fruit.
  14. Idiomsat full blast, at maximum capacity;
    at or with full volume or speed:The factory is going at full blast.Also,  full blast. 

v.t. 
  1. to make a loud noise on;
    blow (a trumpet, automobile horn, etc.):He blasted his horn irritably at every car in his way.
  2. to cause to shrivel or wither;
    blight.
  3. 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.
  4. to break up or dislodge (a tree stump, rock, etc.):Their explosives were inadequate to blast the granite.
  5. to make, form, open up, etc., by blasting:to blast a tunnel through a mountain.
  6. to show to be false, unreliable, etc.;
    discredit:His facts soundly blasted the new evidence.
  7. 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.
  8. to censure or criticize vigorously;
    denounce:In his campaign speech he really blasts the other party.
  9. to hit or propel with great force:He blasted a homer that tied the game. They were blasted into outer space.
  10. to shoot:The terrorists blasted him down.

v.i. 
  1. to produce a loud, blaring sound:The trumpets blasted as the overture began. His voice blasted until the microphone was turned down.
  2. to shoot:He whipped out his revolver and started blasting.
  3. Slang Terms, Drugsto take narcotics.
  4. Rocketryblast off: 
    • (of a rocket) to leave a launch pad under its own power.
    • (of an astronaut) to travel aloft in a rocket.
blaster, n. 
blasty, adj. 
  • 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.

-blast, 
  • var. of  blasto - as final element of a compound word:ectoblast.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    blast /blɑːst/ n
    1. an explosion, as of dynamite
    2. the rapid movement of air away from the centre of an explosion, combustion of rocket fuel, etc
    3. a wave of overpressure caused by an explosion; shock wave
    4. the charge of explosive used in a single explosion
    5. a sudden strong gust of wind or air
    6. a sudden loud sound, as of a trumpet
    7. a violent verbal outburst, as of criticism
    8. a forcible jet or stream of air, esp one used to intensify the heating effect of a furnace, increase the draught in a steam engine, or break up coal at a coalface
    9. any of several diseases of plants and animals, esp one producing withering in plants
    10. US slang a very enjoyable or thrilling experience: the party was a blast
    11. full blast, at full blastat maximum speed, volume, etc
    interj
    1. slang an exclamation of annoyance (esp in phrases such as blast it! and blast him!)
    vb
    1. to destroy or blow up with explosives, shells, etc
    2. to make or cause to make a loud harsh noise
    3. to wither or cause to wither; blight or be blighted
    4. to criticize severely
    Etymology: Old English blǣst, related to Old Norse blāstr
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    -blast n combining form
    1. (in biology) indicating an embryonic cell or formative layer: mesoblast
    Etymology: from Greek blastos bud
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