blast: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (blast, bläst), [key]
- 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.
- air forced into a furnace by a blower to increase the rate of combustion.
- a jet of steam directed up a smokestack, as of a steam locomotive, to increase draft.
- a draft thus increased.
- a forceful or explosive throw, hit, etc.: a blast down the third-base line.
- Did we have a blast last night!
- 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.
- the 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.
- any pernicious or destructive influence, esp. on animals or plants; a blight.
- the sudden death of buds, flowers, or young fruit.
- at maximum capacity; at or with full volume or speed: The factory is going at 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.
- to 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.
- to take narcotics.
- (of a rocket) to leave a launch pad under its own power.
- (of an astronaut) to travel aloft in a rocket.
- var. ofas final element of a compound word: ectoblast.
- blast (Thesaurus)