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Meaning of blister

blis•ter

Pronunciation: (blis'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury.
  2. any similar swelling, as an air bubble in a coat of paint.
  3. a relatively large bubble occurring in glass during blowing.
  4. a transparent bulge or dome on the fuselage of an airplane, usually for mounting a gun.
  5. a bubble of air formed where the emulsion has separated from the base of a film, as because of defective processing.
  6. a dome or skylight on a building.
  7. the moving bubble in a spirit level.
  8. a small blisterlike covering of plastic, usually affixed to a piece of cardboard and containing a small item, as a pen, bolt, or medicinal tablet.
—v.t.
  1. to raise a blister or blisters on: These new shoes blistered my feet.
  2. to criticize or rebuke severely: The boss blistered his assistant in front of the whole office.
  3. to beat or thrash; punish severely.
—v.i.
  1. to form or rise as a blister or blisters; become blistered.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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