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Idioms about blast

    at full blast, at maximum capacity; at or with full volume or speed: The factory is going at full blast.Also full blast.

Origin of blast

First recorded before 1000; 1955–60 for def. 7a; Middle English (noun and verb); Old English blǣst (noun) “a blowing”; akin to Old Norse blāstr, Old High German blāst; see blow2

synonym study for blast

1. See wind1.


blast·er, nounblast·y, adjectiveblast·i·er, adjectiveblast·i·est, adjective

Other definitions for blast (2 of 2)


a combining form meaning “bud, sprout,” “embryo,” “formative cells or cell layer,” used in the formation of compound words: ectoblast.

Origin of -blast

<Greek, combining form of blastós a bud, sprout
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What does blast mean?

A blast is a loud, sudden noise, as in The blast of the fire alarm woke Kehinde out of a deep sleep.

Blasts are typically associated with the sound and force behind them, and often this force will be caused by a gust of wind or heat that is emanating from some type of explosion or machine.

To blast is to make a loud, sudden noise, as when you blow into a trumpet.

To blast is also to destroy or break up, as in The engineers blasted the rock in the side of the mountain to create a tunnel.

Figuratively, a blast is a strong verbal attack or criticism. To blast someone is to criticize them in this way, as in Jada’s parents blasted her for staying out all night, and now she’s grounded for a month.

A blast is also a really fun party or thrill, as in Luis was surprised at what a blast he had at rock climbing.

Example: I heard a loud blast from the neighboring field and went over to see what happened.

Where does blast come from?

The first records of the term blast come before the 1000s. It comes from the Old English blǣst, meaning “a blowing.”

Blast is used in the idiom full blast, meaning “maximum capacity or productivity.” For example, if the sound on your TV is at full blast, the sound is as loud as it can be. You can’t turn it up any higher.

You might also hear someone use blast in place of a curse word to indicate annoyance, as in Blast it, I missed the bus again!

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What are some other forms related to blast?

  • blaster (noun)
  • blasty (adjective)
  • blasted (verb, adjective)

What are some synonyms for blast?

What are some words that share a root or word element with blast?

What are some words that often get used in discussing blast?

How is blast used in real life?

Blast is a common word with many senses, most of which relate to an explosion or force.


Try using blast!

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for blast?

A. explosion
B. crash
C. volley
D. tranquility


What does -blast mean?

The combining formblast 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?

The form –blast does not have any variants. However, it is related to the form blastic, as in holoblastic. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for –blastic.

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?

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The combining form neuro means “nerves” or “nervous system.” With this in mind, what are neuroblasts?

How to use blast in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for blast (1 of 2)

/ (blɑːst) /

slang an exclamation of annoyance (esp in phrases such as blast it! and blast him!)
See also blastoff

Derived forms of blast

blaster, noun

Word Origin for blast

Old English blǣst, related to Old Norse blāstr

British Dictionary definitions for blast (2 of 2)


n combining form
(in biology) indicating an embryonic cell or formative layermesoblast

Word Origin for -blast

from Greek blastos bud
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