- a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury.
- any similar swelling, as an air bubble in a coat of paint.
- a relatively large bubble occurring in glass during blowing.
- Military. a transparent bulge or dome on the fuselage of an airplane, usually for mounting a gun.
- Photography. a bubble of air formed where the emulsion has separated from the base of a film, as because of defective processing.
- a dome or skylight on a building.
- the moving bubble in a spirit level.
- 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.
- to raise a blister or blisters on: These new shoes blistered my feet.
- to criticize or rebuke severely: The boss blistered his assistant in front of the whole office.
- to beat or thrash; punish severely.
- to form or rise as a blister or blisters; become blistered.
Origin of blister
Examples from the Web for blistered
Photographs leaked from inside Zeinhom morgue show charred and blistered bodies strewn on the floor.Egypt Targets ‘Terrorists’ in Ongoing Violence
August 20, 2013
Grill or broil, turning occasionally, until the skins are black and blistered.Into the Heart of Turkey
September 28, 2010
I kissed the place; for I am sure it was blistered, as I may say, by a mother's tear!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
So, he was bled and he was blistered, and he was this and that, for six whole days and nights.The Uncommercial Traveller
My back is sore, and my hands are blistered with handling them to-day.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It was hot, and while it blistered the greedy palates, it seemed incredible.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
He is stone blind, poor fellow, and his feet are blistered and sore.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
- a small bubble-like elevation of the skin filled with serum, produced as a reaction to a burn, mechanical irritation, etc
- a swelling containing air or liquid, as on a painted surface
- a transparent dome or any bulge on the fuselage of an aircraft, such as one used for observation
- slang an irritating person
- NZ slang a rebuke
- to have or cause to have blisters
- (tr) to attack verbally with great scorn or sarcasm
Word Origin and History for blistered
c.1300, perhaps via Old French blestre "blister, lump, bump," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse blastr "a blowing," dative blæstri "swelling"), or from Middle Dutch blyster "swelling;" perhaps from PIE *bhlei- "to blow, swell," extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.
"to become covered in blisters," late 15c.; "to raise blisters on," 1540s, from blister (n.). Related: Blistered; blistering.
- A local swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid and is caused by burning, infection, or irritation.