- 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.
- (of a rocket) to leave a launch pad under its own power.
- (of an astronaut) to travel aloft in a rocket.
Idioms about blast
Origin of blast
synonym study for blast
OTHER WORDS FROM blastblast·er, nounblast·y, adjective
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Other definitions for blast (2 of 2)
Origin of -blast
WORDS THAT USE -BLAST
What does -blast mean?
The combining form –blast is used like a suffix with a variety of meanings. Especially in terms from botany, it means “bud, sprout.” In other scientific terms, this meaning is applied metaphorically to mean “embryo” or “formative cells or cell layer.” Formative cells are cells capable of developing new cells or tissue, or embryonic cells.
The form –blast comes from Greek blastós, meaning “bud” or “sprout.” The Latin translation of blastós was germen, “sprout” or “shoot.” Learn how germen is the source of german, meaning “having the same parents,” and germane, meaning “relevant”—but not to German, a person from Germany—at our entries for each word.
What are variants of –blast?
Examples of -blast
One example of a scientific term that uses the form –blast is macroblast, “an abnormally large bone marrow cell from which red blood cells develop.”
The form macro– may look familiar; it means “large,” from Greek makrós. As we have seen, –blast can mean “formative cells.” Macroblast literally translates to “large formative cells.”
What are some words that use the combining form –blast?
What are some other forms that –blast may be commonly confused with?
How to use blast in a sentence
The blasts then spirited these isotopes away before additional nuclear reactions could destroy them.The number of Milky Way nova explosions per year has been pinned down|Ken Croswell|February 12, 2021|Science News
She’s a woman capable of returning a male player’s 138 mph serve with a blast for a winner.How Serena Williams Could Finally Break The Grand Slam Record|Amy Lundy|February 10, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
They can result from a variety of causes, including explosive blasts, although research strongly suggests that rotational energy often plays a significant role.
At a unit, the odor chemicals are then shuttled into the slits using blasts of nitrogen air.Scientists Made a Biohybrid Nose Using Cells From Mosquitoes|Shelly Fan|January 26, 2021|Singularity Hub
Perhaps most excitingly, specialized observatories buried deep underground captured shy subatomic particles called neutrinos streaming out of the blast.
Here, in a dilapidated room, Saleem recounts the November blast.
The blast was so strong,” he said, “we thought the world was ending.
Now that he was Sir Alfred, there was one final blast of publicity.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Witnesses said the girls were in their late teens and had been accompanied by a man who left soon after the blast.
As the years went on, the bombshells kept coming—seemingly bigger with each blast.
But the withering mildew was now breathed forth, that was intended to blast this goodly harvest.
The sentinel was singing a sequedilla above; and its notes came to them with the wailing blast.
The discharge-valve was then opened for a moment, allowing a blast of steam to escape, reducing the pressure say to one-half.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
That counter-blast of passion and that plain speaking from a quarter so unexpected served, in part at least, to sober him.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
It was not an ordinary blast, but had a peculiarly musical timbre, very much like the note of a mouth-organ.
British Dictionary definitions for blast (1 of 2)
- the rapid movement of air away from the centre of an explosion, combustion of rocket fuel, etc
- a wave of overpressure caused by an explosion; shock wave
Derived forms of blastblaster, noun
Word Origin for blast
British Dictionary definitions for blast (2 of 2)
Word Origin for -blast
Medical definitions for blast
Other Idioms and Phrases with blast
In addition to the idiom beginning with blast
- blast off
- full blast