BL'AST, v.t. [Literally, to strike.] To make to wither by some pernicious influence, as too much heat or moisture, or other destructive cause; or to check growth and prevent from coming to maturity and producing fruit; to blight, as trees or plants. 1. To affect with some sudden violence,plague, calamity, or destructive influence, which destroys or causes to fail; as, to blast pride or hopes. The figurative senses of this verb are taken from the blasting of plants, and all express the idea of checking growth, preventing maturity, impairing, injuring, destroying, or disappointing of the intended effect; as, to blast credit, or reputation; to blast designs. 2. To confound, or strike with force, by a loud blast or din. 3. To split rocks by an explosion of gun powder. They did not stop to blast this ore.
n 1: a very long fly ball 2: a sudden very loud noise [syn: bang, clap, eruption, blast, bam] 3: a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust" [syn: gust, blast, blow] 4: an explosion (as of dynamite) 5: a highly pleasurable or exciting experience; "we had a good time at the party"; "celebrating after the game was a blast" [syn: good time, blast] 6: intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak" [syn: fire, attack, flak, flack, blast] v 1: make a strident sound; "She tended to blast when speaking into a microphone" [syn: blast, blare] 2: hit hard; "He smashed a 3-run homer" [syn: smash, nail, boom, blast] 3: use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day" [syn: blast, shell] 4: apply a draft or strong wind to to; "the air conditioning was blasting cold air at us" 5: create by using explosives; "blast a passage through the mountain" [syn: blast, shell] 6: make with or as if with an explosion; "blast a tunnel through the Alps" 7: fire a shot; "the gunman blasted away" [syn: blast, shoot] 8: criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage" [syn: savage, blast, pillory, crucify] 9: shatter as if by explosion [syn: blast, knock down] 10: shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
I. nounEtymology: Middle English, from Old English bl?st; akin to Old High German bl?st blast, bl?san to blow, Old English bl?wan — more at blowDate: before 12th century 1.a. a violent gust of wind b. the effect or accompaniment (as sleet) of such a gust 2. the sound produced by an impulsion of air through a wind instrument or whistle 3. something resembling a gust of wind: as a. a stream of air or gas forced through a hole b. a vehement outburst c. the continuous blowing to which a charge of ore or metal is subjected in a blast furnace 4.a. a sudden pernicious influence or effect <the blast of a huge epidemic> b. a disease of plants marked by the formation of destructive lesions on leaves and inflorescences 5.a. an explosion or violent detonation b. the shock wave of an explosion c. a forceful hit (as in baseball) or shot (as in soccer or golf); especiallyhome run6.speed, capacity, operation<go full blast> <in full blast> 7. an enjoyably exciting experience, occasion, or event <I had a blast>; especiallypartyII. verbDate: 14th century intransitive verb1.blare<music blasting from the radio> 2. to make a vigorous attack 3.a. to use an explosive b.shoot4. to hit a golf ball out of a sand trap with explosive force 5. to proceed rapidly or aggressively <blasting down the ski slope> transitive verb1.a. to injure by or as if by the action of wind b.blight2.a. to shatter by or as if by an explosive b. to remove, open, or form by or as if by an explosive c.shoot3. to attack vigorously 4. to cause to blast off <will blast themselves from the moon's surface> 5. to hit vigorously and effectively <blasted a home run> 6. to play loudly <blasting rock music on the stereo> • blasternoun
n., v., & int. --n. 1 a strong gust of wind. 2 a a destructive wave of highly compressed air spreading outwards from an explosion. b such an explosion. 3 the single loud note of a wind instrument, car horn, whistle, etc. 4 colloq. a severe reprimand. 5 a strong current of air used in smelting etc. --v. 1 tr. blow up (rocks etc.) with explosives. 2 tr. a wither, shrivel, or blight (a plant, animal, limb, etc.) (blasted oak). b destroy, ruin (blasted her hopes). c strike with divine anger; curse. 3 intr. & tr. make or cause to make a loud or explosive noise (blasted away on his trumpet). 4 tr. colloq. reprimand severely. 5 colloq. a tr. shoot; shoot at. b intr. shoot. --int. expressing annoyance. Phrases and idioms: at full blast colloq. working at maximum speed etc. blast-furnace a smelting furnace into which compressed hot air is driven. blast-hole a hole containing an explosive charge for blasting. blast off (of a rocket etc.) take off from a launching site. blast-off n. 1 the launching of a rocket etc. 2 the initial thrust for this. Etymology: OE blæst f. Gmc
Blast Blast, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Blasting.] 1. To injure, as by a noxious wind; to cause to wither; to stop or check the growth of, and prevent from fruit-bearing, by some pernicious influence; to blight; to shrivel. Seven thin ears, and blasted with the east wind. --Gen. xii. 6. 2. Hence, to affect with some sudden violence, plague, calamity, or blighting influence, which destroys or causes to fail; to visit with a curse; to curse; to ruin; as, to blast pride, hopes, or character. I'll cross it, though it blast me. --Shak. Blasted with excess of light. --T. Gray. 3. To confound by a loud blast or din. Trumpeters, With brazen din blast you the city's ear. --Shak. 4. To rend open by any explosive agent, as gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; to shatter; as, to blast rocks.
Blast Blast (bl[.a]st), n. [AS. bl[=ae]st a puff of wind, a blowing; akin to Icel. bl[=a]str, OHG. bl[=a]st, and fr. a verb akin to Icel. bl[=a]sa to blow, OHG. bl[^a]san, Goth. bl[=e]san (in comp.); all prob. from the same root as E. blow. See Blow to eject air.] 1. A violent gust of wind. And see where surly Winter passes off, Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts; His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill. --Thomson. 2. A forcible stream of air from an orifice, as from a bellows, the mouth, etc. Hence: The continuous blowing to which one charge of ore or metal is subjected in a furnace; as, to melt so many tons of iron at a blast. Note: The terms hot blast and cold blast are employed to designate whether the current is heated or not heated before entering the furnace. A blast furnace is said to be in blast while it is in operation, and out of blast when not in use. 3. The exhaust steam from and engine, driving a column of air out of a boiler chimney, and thus creating an intense draught through the fire; also, any draught produced by the blast. 4. The sound made by blowing a wind instrument; strictly, the sound produces at one breath. One blast upon his bugle horn Were worth a thousand men. --Sir W. Scott. The blast of triumph o'er thy grave. --Bryant. 5. A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind, especially on animals and plants; a blight. By the blast of God they perish. --Job iv. 9. Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast. --Shak. 6. The act of rending, or attempting to rend, heavy masses of rock, earth, etc., by the explosion of gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; also, the charge used for this purpose. ``Large blasts are often used.'' --Tomlinson. 7. A flatulent disease of sheep. Blast furnace, a furnace, usually a shaft furnace for smelting ores, into which air is forced by pressure. Blast hole, a hole in the bottom of a pump stock through which water enters. Blast nozzle, a fixed or variable orifice in the delivery end of a blast pipe; -- called also blast orifice. In full blast, in complete operation; in a state of great activity. See Blast, n., 2. [Colloq.]
(blasts, blasting, blasted)Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. A blast is a big explosion, especially one caused by a bomb. 250 people were killed in the blast.N-COUNT 2. If something is blasted into a particular place or state, an explosion causes it to be in that place or state. If a hole is blasted in something, it is created by an explosion. ...a terrible accident in which his left arm was blasted off by some kind of a bomb...The explosion which followed blasted out the external supporting wall of her flat.VERB: be V-ed prep/adv, V n with adv, also V n adj, V n prep 3. If workers are blasting rock, they are using explosives to make holes in it or destroy it, for example so that a road or tunnel can be built. Their work was taken up with boring and blasting rock with gelignite...They're using dynamite to blast away rocks to put a road in.VERB: V n, V n with adv, also V • blastingThree miles away there was a salvo of blasting in the quarry. 4. To blast someone means to shoot them with a gun. (JOURNALISM) ...a son who blasted his father to death after a life-time of bullying...Alan Barnett, 28, was blasted with a sawn-off shotgun in Oldham on Thursday.VERB: V n to n, be V-ed with n • Blast is also a noun. ...the man who killed Nigel Davies with a shotgun blast.N-COUNT 5. If someone blasts their way somewhere, they get there by shooting at people or causing an explosion. The police were reported to have blasted their way into the house using explosives...One armoured column attempted to blast a path through a barricade of buses and trucks.VERB: V way prep/adv, V n prep/adv 6. If something blasts water or air somewhere, it sends out a sudden, powerful stream of it. A blizzard was blasting great drifts of snow across the lake.VERB: V n prep/adv • Blast is also a noun. Blasts of cold air swept down from the mountains.N-COUNT: usu N of n 7. If you blast something such as a car horn, or if it blasts, it makes a sudden, loud sound. If something blasts music, or music blasts, the music is very loud. ...drivers who do not blast their horns...The sound of western music blasted as she entered.VERB: V n, V • Blast is also a noun. The buzzer suddenly responded in a long blast of sound.N-COUNT: usu N of n 8. If something such as a radio or a heater is on full blast, or on at full blast, it is producing as much sound or power as it is able to. In many of those homes the television is on full blast 24 hours a day...PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR
(1) The blowing of the breath of Yahweh, expressive of the manifestation of God's power in Nature and Providence. "With the blast of thy nostrils the waters were piled up" (Ex 15:8), referring to the east wind (Ex 14:21; compare 2Sa 22:16 and Ps 18:15). "I will send a blast upon him" (2Ki 19:7 the King James Version; the Revised Version (British and American) "put a spirit in him," i.e. "an impulse of fear" (Dummelow in the place cited.); compare Isa 37:7). "By the blast of his anger are they consumed" (Job 4:9; compare Isa 37:36).
(2) The word ruach is used with reference to the tyranny and violence of the wicked (Isa 25:4).
(3) The blowing of a wind instrument: "When they make a long blast with the ram's horn" (Jos 6:5).