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.
- re·blis·ter, verb
- un·blis·tered, adjective
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How to use blister in a sentence
I ended up developing a blister on one of my vocal cords, so that kinda sucked.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll | James Joiner | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
blister rust is like having the flu; the pine beetle is like fast acting leukemia.
Briefly, blister rust is an Asian fungus introduced from Europe to America around 1900.
His face was yellowing again, under the blister of sun and alkali.Warrior Gap | Charles King
How is it that the moon, that enormous blister-plaster, does not raise them?Canada and the Canadians | Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
The blister, if larger than a half dollar, should be opened near the edge with a needle which has been passed through a flame.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
The burns which destroy the outer layer of the skin, producing a blister, are treated much as a wound would be treated.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
For this I've wrought until my weary tongue, blister'd with incantation, flags in speech, And half declines its office.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 | Ministry of Education
British Dictionary definitions for blister
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
- blistered, adjective
- blistery, adjective
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